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2018 IBM iX Everywoman in Travel Awards

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SHOWCASING REMARKABLE JOURNEYS

 

The 2018 IBM iX everywoman in Travel Awards took place on Wednesday 14 November 2018 at a ceremony held at East Wintergarden, London. Click here to discover who was announced as a winner and find out more about their career achievements. You can also see the amazing pictures which captured the event here.

Becoming a finalist is an excellent way to raise both individual and company profiles as well as celebrate career achievements and recognition within the industry. In addition to this, it will also help encourage more women and young girls to consider a career in the Travel industry. 

Want to get involved in 2019? Please use the below form to register your interest and be kept up to date with when nominations will open. For sponsorship opportunities please email events@everywoman.com.

 

When and where
Date: 
14th November 2018
Start time: 
12:00PM
End time: 
5:00PM
East Wintergarden
43 Bank Street
E14 5NX London
United Kingdom
GB
Nominations
Nominations

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Finalists
This year's finalists are:

The 2018 IBM iX everywoman in Travel Awards category finalists are as follows:

 

One to Watch, sponsored by Tripadvisor 

Awarded to a young game-changer under the age of 21 in education or apprenticeship who demonstrates a passion for the travel industry.

Hannah Fairley,
Apprentice Travel Sales Consultant, Thomas Cook UK, from Edinburgh

Sydney Howard,
Apprentice Business Travel Consultant, Clarity, from Manchester

Emily Jones,
Trainee / nvq, Holidays By Design Cleethorpes, from Cleethorpes

 

 

Tomorrow’s Leader, sponsored by TTG Media

Awarded to a woman under 30 making a significant contribution to the sector.

Alice Hye,
Services Contracts Manager, AC Group, from West Wickham

Captain Kate McWilliams,
Airline Captain, easyJet, from Horsham

Jodie Pilgrim,
Head of Overseas Management, Party Hard Travel, from London

 

Entrepreneur, sponsored by Celebrity Cruises

Awarded to an owner/operator of a travel business that has been operating for three years or more whose vision will inspire other women to start their own enterprise.

Debbie Marshall,
Managing Director, Silver Travel Advisor, from London

Caroline Strachan,
Managing Partner, FESTIVE ROAD, from Tunbridge Wells

Jane Stuart-Palikira,
Managing Director, Ionian Weddings, from Twickenham

 

Above & Beyond, sponsored by Avis Budget Group

Awarded to a woman at any stage of her career that has truly gone above and beyond her role to help drive the organisation's success.

Swati Agarwal,
FP&A Manager, Celebrity Cruises, from Weybridge

Debrah Dhugga,
Managing Director, DUKES Collection - UK and UAE, from London

Beverley Kerr,
Director, Travel Designers, from London

 

Team Leader, sponsored by EasyJet

Awarded to a woman whose team leadership has greatly contributed to the organisation’s success.

Nicola Lickfold,
Senior Director Revenue Management, Europe, Hilton, from Watford

Rebecca O'Connor,
Senior Partnerships Executive, Hostelling International, from Welwyn Garden City

Roisin O'Sullivan,
Chief Operating Officer, Walks, from Dublin

Vikki Street,
Head of Business Development, The Kings Ferry, from Gillingham

 

*New for 2018* Leader of Change, sponsored by Hilton  

Awarded to a woman who is making a significant contribution towards the strategic direction of the business through best practices, employee engagement, improved productivity and innovation.

Ariane Gorin,
President, Expedia Partner Solutions, from London

Julia Lo Bue-Said,
Chief Operating Officer, Advantage Travel Partnership, from London

Clare Tobin,
CEO, Olympic Holidays, from London

 

*New for 2018* International Inspiration, sponsored by Gold Medal & Travel 2  

Awarded to a woman working outside the UK & Ireland that is a role model for women in her community.

Lola Akinmade Akertsrom,
Travel Writer, Photographer, Author, Geotraveler Media, from Stockholm

Renu Hanegreefs-Snehi,
Vice President, Corporate Communications, PR & Reputation Management, Radisson Hotel Group, from Brussels

Meenu Vadera,
Founder, Azad Foundation and Sakha Consulting Wings, from New Delhi

 

*New for 2018* Male Agent of Change, sponsored by Heathrow

Awarded to a man for his active commitment to advancing the progress of women working in travel.

Andrew Clarke,
Senior Director, Global Customer Operations, Egencia, from Manchester

Stuart Leven,
Vice President EMEA, & Managing Director, RCL Cruises, from Weybridge

Bill Tannahill,
CEO, INC. Travel Group, from Manchester

 

*New for 2018 * Executive Leader, Sponsored by radisson hotel group 

Awarded to a woman making a significant direct financial contribution to the commercial success of the business.

Joanna Greenfield,
General Manager FCM Travel UK and Ireland, Flight Centre, from New Malden

Suzanne Horner,
Chief Executive Officer, Gray Dawes Group, from Colchester

Kirsten Hughes,
Managing Director, Travel Counsellors, from Urmston

Julia Kemp,
Director of International Sales & Partnerships, Avis Budget Group, from Bracknell

Judges
Judges

JO RZYMOWSKA

Vice President & Managing Director, UK and Ireland & Asia, Celebrity Cruises

Lisa McAuley

Managing Director B2B Tour Operations, Dnata Travel Europe

Kristina Wallen

Managing Director HARP wallen

Daniel Pearce

Managing Director, TTG Media
Patricia Page-Champion

Patricia Page-Champion

Senior Vice President & Commercial Director, EMEA, Hilton

Mark Tanzer

Chief Executive, ABTA

Chris Browne OBE

COO, easyJet
Pippa Jacks

Pippa Jacks

Group Editor, TTG Media
Jeanette Harper - Avis Budget Group

Jeanette Harper

Director of International Travel and Partnerships, Avis Budget Group
Jackie Wybrow - Tripadvisor

Jackie Wybrow

Senior Director, People Operations International, TripAdvisor
Helen Marano - WTTC

Helen Marano

Executive Vice President of External Affairs, World Travel & Tourism Council
Claire Irvin - The Telegraph

Claire Irvin

Head of Travel Editorial, The Telegraph
Aaron Hocking - Intrepid

Aaron Hocking

Regional Director EMEA, Intrepid Group
Jeannette Linfoot

Jeannette Linfoot

Board Level Advisor, Travel & Leisure Sector

David Scott

Head of Retail and Leisure, Natwest
Debbie Vavangas - IBM iX

Debbie Vavangas

IBM iX, UKI Leader
Partners & sponsors
Partners & Sponsors

Title Partner

IBM iX are delighted to be sponsoring the everywoman in Travel Awards, to commend the achievements of the excelling individuals working to drive success in the travel industry. At IBM, we think about diversity equally to our approach on innovation, both being of central importance to the success of our business. The everywoman in Travel Awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the contribution and potential these women have in making a difference to the everchanging travel industry.

CATEGORY SPONSOR - Entrepreneur Award

Celebrity Cruises is proud to sponsor the 2018 IBM iX everywoman in Travel Awards. Embracing and celebrating diversity is Celebrity Cruises' culture, and our business stands for opening up the world. Our mission to ensure that more women have greater opportunities includes setting diversity targets for our marine and technical teams in order to challenge these disciplines as traditionally male dominated. We are thrilled to be an organisation that has great female role models at all levels, led by a female president and CEO. The nominees and winners of the 2018 IBM iX everywoman in Travel Awards promise to be truly inspirational to all.

CATEGORY SPONSOR - International inspiration award

Gold Medal and Travel 2, part of dnata Travel UK, are delighted to be a part of the IBM iX 2018 everywoman in Travel Awards. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to recognise and celebrate the key role women have to play in our industry and to join forces with everywoman to reward those individuals who truly excel.

As an equal opportunity employer we believe in creating a diverse workforce which encompasses female talent across all levels. We aim to provide a platform for women to develop and progress throughout their career, and are proud to say a number of our senior positions are held by women, including our Managing Director. Women are becoming empowered to reach further than ever before and we are committed to playing our part within the industry to make this possible.

CATEGORY SPONSOR - Leader of change award

Hilton logo

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,300 properties with more than 863,000 rooms, in 106 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, TwitterLinkedInInstagram and YouTube

CATEGORY SPONSOR - One to watch award

TripAdvisor is a proud sponsor of the 2018 IBM iX everywoman in Travel Awards. We are pleased to support this effort as an extension of our enterprise-wide commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. As a company we are committed to ensuring that we have a diverse and inclusive workplace where all of our staff can achieve success and progress. Congratulations to all of the nominees!

CATEGORY SPONSOR - Team leader award

easyJet is delighted to be sponsoring the Team Leader category at the 2018 IBM iX everywoman in Travel Awards. It is so important both to recognise the contribution of female leaders in the industry and also provide role models for those aspiring to lead the industry in the future. easyJet is focused on having a culture which helps support women throughout their careers both across all functions from the boardroom to the cockpit.

CATEGORY SPONSOR - Above and beyond award

Avis Budget Group is honoured to be supporting the 2018 IBM iX everywoman in Travel Awards, recognising the exceptional talents of women in the travel industry. Avis is an equal-opportunity employer, proud to provide an inclusive workplace that embraces and celebrates demographic, cultural and lifestyle differences. The nominees and winners of the 2018 IBM iX everywoman in Travel Awards are truly inspirational in making a difference in the world of travel and have reason to be very proud.

CATEGORY SPONSOR - Executive Leader

Radisson Hotel Group is one of the world's largest hotel groups with eight distinctive hotel brands, more than 1,400 hotels in operation and under development around the world. Its portfolio includes Radisson Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inn & Suites by Radisson and prizeotel. More than 95,000 global team members work for the Radisson Hotel Group and at the hotels licensed to operate in its systems

MEDIA PARTNER

The Telegraph’s mission is to deliver quality, trusted, award-winning journalism, 24 hours a day and across all the platforms our customers use – digital and print. Our portfolio includes The Telegraph website and app, The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph print titles and The Telegraph Edition app. Recently named as the UK’s leading quality news brand, our digital content reaches more than 27 million users across the UK (UKOM MMX MP). Telegraph Travel has unrivalled expertise and reader trust, with the biggest and print sections in the world and more expert digital editorial than any other UK travel brand - in fact by visitor numbers, we are the tenth largest travel website in the world. All of which enables us to consistently surprise and delight our readers and help them make the world their own.

MEDIA PARTNER

Sitting at the heart of the UK travel trade since 1953, the TTG Media brand resonates throughout the industry as the authoritative and trusted trade media voice. In recent years we have become well known for championing diversity in travel through our TTG LGBT programme of events, and for celebrating the youngest achievers in the industry through our TTG Tomorrow’s Travel Leaders programme. Working closely with everywoman to support and advance women working in the travel industry is therefore a natural fit for us, and we are delighted to be involved. 

Supporting Partner

NatWest are delighted to support the Everywoman In Travel Awards. These awards have showcased many excellent role models over the years, and have offered great encouragement to female entrepreneurs at all stages of their business journey.

Whether our customers run travel businesses, cinemas or health clubs, our team of experienced relationship managers are on hand to help them stay ahead of the latest trends. Because the faster they can move with the times, the better they’ll be able to serve their customers.

For more information, visit natwest.com/business or email David Scott - Head of Leisure & Retail.

SUPPORTING PARTNER

By specialising in executive recruitment in the travel and tourism sectors, we stay firmly in our area of expertise, doing what we love.  We know the players and the companies and invest a lot of time getting to know candidates and clients in equal measure.

Since our inception 22 years ago, HARP wallen has put the placement and promotion of women in the travel and tourism industries at the very heart of our business.

In an industry dominated by women at the lower and mid-management levels, we endeavour to ensure recruitment activity for higher executive-level roles, has a strong representation of women.  We encourage candidates to reach their full potential, guide them through the recruitment process, and reach for roles which will not only challenge them professionally but make a real difference to the wider industry.  

Supporting Partner

Dorchester Collection is proud to sponsor 2018 IBM iX everywoman in Travel Awards. It is our mission to be the ultimate hotel management company with a passion for excellence; we nurture and develop excellence in our people. As a company we are committed to ensure we have a diverse and inclusive environment and are proud to recognise the exceptional talents of women within Dorchester Collection. We would like to congratulate all of the nominees for their achievement - it is truly inspirational!

Distribution Partners

 
 
 
 

Special Thanks

MALAYSIA AIRLINES
Winners
Winners

Pioneer of the Year, sponsored by Telegraph Travel

A special recognition Award to honour a female travel pioneer whose wanderlust has inspired others to broaden their travel horizons. This particular category was voted by Telegraph Readers, and the winner of the Award was selected by the public vote.

Jo Ruxton, Environmentalist and filmmaker, who raised awareness of the damage done to our sealife by plastic with her film A Plastic Ocean.

“I was told by the BBC that I’d never be hired as anything higher than producer because I was an older woman,” says Jo Ruxton, director of feature-film, Plastic Oceans - which has been described by David Attenborough as “the most important film of our generation” - founder of the Plastic Oceans Foundation and woman partially responsible for that bamboo-fibre reusable coffee cup you most likely bought this year, or the terrible guilt you’re currently feeling if not. Within Ruxton’s lifetime, plastic production per annum has increased by 3,900 per cent per year, totalling 315 million tonnes last year, 8 million of which was deposited in the sea. As marine conservation officer at the WWF, where she spearheaded the creation of a marine life centre, and then a producer in the BBC’s Natural History Unit, Ruxton’s career has been dedicated to conservation. But it was only while filming Blue Planet in the late Nineties that the scale of the problem first hit home.

 

Woman of the Year

Captain Kate McWilliams, Airline Captain for easyJet, who at the age of 26 became the world’s youngest female Captain. Kate first discovered her love for flying when she was just 13 years old, after joining the Air Cadets - the youth wing of the Royal Air Force. On her 19th birthday, she started her commercial flying training and by the age of 21, was flying passengers all over Europe with easyJet. The discouragement she faced from others along her career journey only fuelled her even more to succeed. In a world where only 5% of airline pilots are female**, Kate’s achievements are exceptional and she is now reaching out to thousands of young girls (and boys), encouraging them to also consider a career in aviation.

 

One to Watch, sponsored by TripAdvisor

Awarded to a young game-changer under the age of 21 in education or apprenticeship who demonstrates a passion for the travel industry.

Hannah Fairley, Apprentice Travel Sales Consultant, Thomas Cook UK, from Edinburgh, who overcame crippling shyness and now flourishes in her role, consistently exceeding expectations. She’s a master of turning a negative into a positive, as she did when a distressed customer was accidentally booked into Las Palmas, Gran Canaria instead of Palma, Majorca.  Convincing the client that her incidental booking was actually in fact, the better option, she secured a better-quality hotel, which the customer has since rebooked. Overall, her digital marketing initiatives have resulted in 30% increased bookings.

 

Tomorrow’s Leader, sponsored by TTG Media 

Awarded to a woman under 30 making a significant contribution to the sector.

Alice Hye, Services Contracts Manager, AC Group, from West Wickham, who proved herself when she jumped straight in to help fulfil the contract requirements of a major international client win, which was confirmed just days after she joined. Within her first year, she grew the company’s Service Contract portfolio by 42% and negotiated promotional offers, which generated over £20,000 revenue in six months. Alice is now dedicated to encouraging female colleagues to develop their passion at work and has even mentored them into senior positions.

 

 

Entrepreneur, sponsored by Celebrity Cruises

Awarded to an owner/operator of a travel business that has been operating for three years or more whose vision will inspire other women to start their own enterprise.

Caroline Strachan, Managing Partner, FESTIVE ROAD, from Tunbridge Wells, who started her career in travel in 1995. Since joining FESTIVE ROAD in 2016 - one of the world's leading travel and meetings engagement consultancies – she has multiplied revenue by more than seven times and expanded its operations from the UK and France to Scandinavia, Germany, the USA and Australia. Through the non-profit networking community she set up, she now runs events that support women working in business travel.

 

Above & Beyond, sponsored by Avis Budget Group

Awarded to a woman at any stage of her career that has truly gone above and beyond her role to help drive the organisation's success.

Swati Agarwal, FP&A Manager, Celebrity Cruises, from Weybridge, A Chartered Accountant with a Masters degree in Finance, Swati joined Celebrity Cruises in 2016. Her role includes overseeing the management and control of a sales and marketing budget of £15 million, the communication of UK & Ireland performance to the head office and supporting company’s operations in Asia. When an opportunity to lead the Women’s, Multi-Cultural & Part-time Workers Employee Resource Group (ERG) presented itself in 2017, Swati stepped up to champion it. 14 months on, the ERG has accomplished several extraordinary initiatives under her leadership whilst extending support to its patron charities and groups, making her a role model for women in business and a key driver of diversity and equality.

 

Team Leader, sponsored by easyJet

Awarded to a woman whose team leadership has greatly contributed to the organisation’s success.

Roisin O'Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer, Walks, from Dublin, who completely redesigned the company’s consumer site, leading to a 73% transaction growth in just one year. Since she joined Walks – who offer walking tours, day trips and food tours in Italy, France, Spain, UK, New York and San Francisco - the company's revenues have multiplied five times and now serves seven times its usual number of annual passengers. To date, she has hired over 20 other talented women, many of whom are now in senior positions.

 

*New for 2018* Leader of Change, sponsored by Hilton

Awarded to a woman who is making a significant contribution towards the strategic direction of the business through best practices, employee engagement, improved productivity and innovation.

Clare Tobin, CEO, Olympic Holidays, from London. Her 20-year record in travel has inspired many who have worked with and for her. A true advocate for advancing women in travel, she announced three senior appointments just two weeks after becoming CEO and her board is now 50% female. She continues to help balance the ratio of women to men in key roles and with her help, 69% of the UK office and 80% of the overseas office are women, making the business 72% female overall.

 

*New for 2018* International Inspiration, sponsored by Gold Medal & Travel 2

Awarded to a woman working outside the UK & Ireland who is a role model for women in her community.

Meenu Vadera, Founder, Azad Foundation and Sakha Consulting Wings, from New Delhi. She spent 13 years working for Action Aid in Uganda before moving to India to set up two social enterprises offering employment to oppressed, marginalised women by training them to become professional chauffeurs. She is now changing the lives of over 650 women, helping generate more than 215,000 Euros in collective annual income.

 

*New for 2018* Male Agent of Change, sponsored by Heathrow 

Awarded to a man for his active commitment to advancing the progress of women working in travel.

Stuart Leven, Vice President EMEA, & Managing Director, RCL Cruises, from Weybridge, who took a primary role in addressing the company's Gender Pay Gap. After close analysis, he worked side by side with the Vice President and Managing Director to not only address existing pay inequality, but also suggested organisational changes to reduce the pay gap moving forward. These included mentoring programmes, accessible to all female managers, and everywomanNetwork membership to all employees in need of valuable resources to help advance their career.

 

*New for 2018 * Executive Leader – sponsored by Radisson Hotel Group

Awarded to a woman making a significant direct financial contribution to the commercial success of the business.

Julia Kemp, Director of International Sales & Partnerships, Avis Budget Group, from Bracknell. Recognising the value of a diverse workforce, she has helped the company’s previously male-dominated board become more gender-balanced with a total of six male and five female directors. She believes that technology underpins the growth of businesses, which is why she was determined to help the business invest heavily in tech, ensuring that outdated systems were replaced or upgraded. Through her innovation, direct marketing activity has generated over £42million.

 

Past winners
Past winners

2017 Winners

Woman of the Year Award - which recognises an extraordinary woman whose passion, success and accessibility makes her an exceptional role model and a great industry ambassador

Mary McKenna Mary McKenna, Managing Director at Tour America, from Dublin.

 

 

 

 

 

The 2017 everywoman in Travel Awards category winners are as follows:

One to Watch, sponsored by TripAdvisor, awarded to a young game-changer in education or an apprenticeship who demonstrates a passion for the travel industry

Ellie BartonEllie Barton, Apprentice,  Hays Travel from Darlington.

 

 

 

 

 

Tomorrow’s Leader, sponsored by TTG Media, awarded to a woman under 30 making a significant contribution to the sector

Rebecca HipkinRebecca Hipkin, Travel Support Team Leader, Intrepid Group from London.

 

 

 

 

 

Entrepreneur, sponsored by Silversea Cruises, awarded to an owner / operator of a travel business that has been operating for three years or more, whose vision will inspire other women to start their own enterprise

Abi WrightAbi Wright, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Spabreaks.com from Newbury, London. .

 

 

 

 

 

Above & Beyond, sponsored by The Travel Network Group, awarded to a woman at any stage of her career that has truly gone above and beyond her role to help drive the organisation's success

Karen MorrisKaren Morris, Global Operations Director, Travel Counsellors from Manchester.

 

 

 

 

 

Team Leader, sponsored by Avis Budget, awarded to a woman whose team leadership has greatly contributed to the organisation’s success:

Angela TerryAngela Terry, Contact Centre Manager, TUI from Swansea.

 

 

 

 

 

Leader, sponsored by Kuoni, awarded to a woman making a significant contribution to the strategic direction of the business

Helen CaronHelen Caron, Distribution & Cruise Director, TUI from Luton.