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2019 Revolut everywoman in Travel Awards

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GOING ALL INCLUSIVE


Nominations for the 2019 Revolut everywoman in Travel Awards are now closed. Many thanks to all of those who entered.
 

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ABOUT THE AWARDS

The Revolut everywoman in Travel Awards celebrate inspirational women at all stages of their career and uncover role models to help encourage more women and young girls to consider a career in the travel industry. 

A growing body of research demonstrates that gender-balanced teams produce better business outcomes and create a more sustainable future for an organisation’s entire workforce, with a direct and positive impact on the bottom line. Critically, with Brexit the industry needs to attract the best possible talent, from school leavers, grads and senior women, whilst at the same time ensuring it develops and inspires all those already working in the sector. 

 

WHO IS IT FOR?

The Revolut everywoman in Travel Awards are for those who possess the qualities, attitude, hard work ethic and commitment to supporting other women that makes them a credit to the industry and the organisations they work for. They are the talented women who have exceeded expectations as well as inspired success in others. A new category award for 2019 is the Disruptor Award, awarded to a woman who is challenging the status quo, in an unconventional and innovative way.

 

CATEGORIES

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

One to Watch -  Awarded to a young game-changer under the age of 25 in education or an apprenticeship who demonstrates a passion for the travel industry.

Tomorrow’s Leader – Awarded to a woman under 30, making a significant contribution to the future of the sector

Entrepreneur – 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.

Above & Beyond – 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.

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

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

Leader of Change – 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.

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

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

*NEW FOR 2019* Disruptor Award – Awarded to a woman who is challenging the status quo, in an unconventional and innovative way.
 

WANT TO GET MORE INVOLVED?

Supported by the most forward-thinking brands committed to celebrating the skills, innovation and leadership of women in travel, the Awards champion and celebrate women who are achieving career success and the companies that are supporting them to do so.

The awards are also an excellent opportunity to engage clients and motivate teams in an inspiring setting. To find out more about corporate hospitality or how your company can get involved with the awards contact info@everywoman.com.

 

KEY DATES

Nominations Open: 18 March 2019

Nominations Closed: 8 July 2019 

Judging Day:  4 September 2019, NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland, 11th Floor, 280 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4RB

Awards Ceremony: 13 November 2019, 12.00 – 17.00

When and where
Date: 
13th November 2019
Start time: 
12:00PM
End time: 
5:00PM
East Wintergarden
43 Bank Street
E14 5NX London
United Kingdom
GB
Nominations
Nominations

Nominations for the 2019 Awards are now closed. Click here to view this year's finalists

 

Finalists
This year's finalists are:

Disruptor Award

Sponsored by Celebrity Cruises – Awarded to a woman who is challenging the status quo, in an unconventional and innovative way. *NEW FOR 2019*

Deborah Potts, Founding Director of Summit Advisory (Part of the Elman Wall Group) from London

Helena Beard, Founder and Managing Director at China Travel Outbound from Brighton

Merilee Karr, Founder and CEO at UnderTheDoormat from London

 

Above and beyond award 

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.

Cristina Muñoz, Senior Brand Partnerships Manager at Cunard from Southampton

 

Danielle Grant, HR Manager at Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited from London

 

Jean Cook, Depot Administrator at Great Western Railway from Bristol

 

Entrepreneur Award

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.

Alice Todd, Cofounder and Managing Director at SwimQuest Holidays from London

 

Karen Ross, Founder & Director at In2Action from Isle of Wight

 

Wendy Shand, Founding Director of Tots to Travel from Stamford

 

Executive Leader Award

Sponsored by Olympic Holidays – Awarded to a woman whose team leadership has greatly contributed to the organisation’s success.

Cherie Richards, Commercial Director at The Global Travel Group from Sandycroft

Kay Harriman, Senior HR Director UK & Ireland, Human Resources Europe at Hilton from Watforde

Sara Pastor, Managing Director, Destinations, EMEA at ADARA from Barcelona

 

 

International Inspiration Award

Sponsored by Gold Medal/Travel2 – Awarded to a woman working outside the UK & Ireland that is a role model for women in her community.

Captain Kate McCue, Master Captain at Celebrity Cruises

 

Indira Gurung, Treasurer of the Executive Board at SASANE from Nepal

 

Zina Bencheikh, Regional General Manager EMENA – PEAK DMC at Intrepid Group from Marrakech

 

Leader of Change Award

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.

Komal Tekchandani, Head of IT Business Change at Heathrow from London

 

Lisa Henning, Chief Operating Officer at The Travel Network Group from Woking

Lorraine Quinn, Head of Sales, Ireland at Celebrity Cruises UK from Dublin

 

Paula Ellis, Group General Manager at Retreats Group Ltd from St. David’s

Male Agent of Change Award

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

Abubakar Siddeeq, Head of Customer Proposition at Great Western Railway from London

Ben Bengougam, SVP Human Resources at Hilton from Watford

Derek Jones, CEO at Der Touristik UK from London

 

Darren Cook, Vice President Engineering Operations EMEA at Hilton from Watford

Sean Collins, CEO of MBNA Thames Clippers from London

One to Watch

Sponsored by TripAdvisor – Awarded to a young game-changer under the age of 25 in education or apprenticeship who demonstrates a passion for the travel industry.

Ana Seidi, Former Student at Leeds Beckett University from Leeds

Asvitha Selvarajah, Accounts Supervisor at AC Group from London

Daymer Eshelby, International Tourism Managment Student at University of Derby from Buxton

Team Leader

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

Asher Prower, Project Manager at Gatwick Airport from London

Joanna Athanasiou, Senior Director RMCC Europe at Hilton from Watford

Tolene Van der Merwe, Head: UK & Ireland Hub at South African Tourism UK from London

 

Tomorrow's Leader

Sponsored by TTG Media – Awarded to a woman under 30 making a significant contribution to the sector.

Anna Ganthaler, Lead consultant on Strategy and Business Transformation, TUI, London

 

Evlynne Smith, UK Digital Lead for Travel and Transport, IBM from London

Hayley Goddard, UK&I Resourcing Manager, Thomas Cook from Peterborough

 

Judges
Judges

Rhiannon Dowdall

Head of CRS Programmes, Heathrow

Pippa Jacks

Group Editor, TTG Media

Jeannette Linfoot

Lisa McAuley

Managing Director B2B Tour Operations Dnata Travel Europe

Dan Pearce

CEO & Owner, TTG Media

Rob Russell

Joint Chief Executive Officer, AC Group

Steve Ryan

Vice President HR Consulting, HIlton

Jo Rzymowska,

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

David Scott

National Head, Leisure and Retail sectors, NatWest

Clare Tobin

Chief Executive, Olympic Holidays

Rachel Temperton

Head of Travel & Tourism for Allianz Partners

Kristina Wallen

Group Managing Director, HARP wallen Global Executive Recruitment & Search

Brian Young

Managing Director – EMEA, G Adventures
Partners & sponsors
Partners & Sponsors

HEADLINE SPONSOR

Revolut was lauched in July 2015 by former Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank investment bankers, Nik Storonsky and Vlad Yatsenko, as a digital alternative to the big banks. While the finteach initially drew in customers by allowing them to spend and transfer money abroad without rubbish fees, the company has since attracted over 7 million customers in Europe with its spending overviews, budgeting controls, savings features and cryptocurrency exchange. To date, Revolut has raised approximately $340 million in funding, from noteable venture capital firms including Index Ventures, Ribbit Capital, Balderton Capital and DST Global.

CATEGORY SPONSOR - Above & Beyond

Avis Budget Group is delighted to be supporting the 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 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 - Disruptor Award

Celebrity Cruises is proud to sponsor the 2019 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. Celebrity Cruises is proud to employ almost 50% more female officers on the bridge across its fleet than the industry average.  We are thrilled to be an organisation that has great female and male role models at all levels, led by a female president and CEO.  

The nominees and winners of the 2019 everywoman in Travel Awards promise to be truly inspirational to all.

CATEGORY SPONSOR - International Inspiration

Gold Medal and Travel 2, part of dnata Travel UK, are delighted to be a part of the IBM iX 2019,  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 - Team Leader

CATEGORY SPONSOR - Leader of Change

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 17 world-class brands comprising nearly 5,900 properties with more than 939,000 rooms, in 114 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton earned a spot on the 2018 world’s best workplaces list, and has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its 100-year history. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, more than 94 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can’t buy, plus enjoy instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, TwitterLinkedInInstagram and YouTube

CATEGORY SPONSOR - Executive Leader

Olympic Holidays is the UK's leading island travel specialist to over 50 destinations across Europe and beyond, delivering holidays since 1967. Today it operates to beautiful destinations including 37 Greek islands, Cyprus, Malta, Italian Islands, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, and further afield to Gambia and Goa. Operating from 27 UK airports, Olympic handles over 80,000 clients a year, consistently delivering first class holidays, combining excellent service with unrivalled products. Olympic Holidays employs 150 employees across three countries, with 2 HQ offices plus 20 more satellite offices.

CATEGORY SPONSOR - One to Watch

TripAdvisor is a proud sponsor of the 2019 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!

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Past winners
Past winners

2018 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.