everywoman in Travel Awards 2019 winners
Woman of the year
Komal Tekchandani, Head of IT and Business Change at Heathrow
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.
Jean Cook, Depot Administrator at Great Western Railway from Bristol
Cristina Muñoz, Senior Brand Partnerships Manager at Cunard from Southampton
Danielle Grant, HR Manager at Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited from London
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.
Karen Ross, Founder & Director at In2Action from Isle of Wight
Alice Todd, Cofounder and Managing Director at SwimQuest Holidays from London
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.
Sara Pastor, Managing Director, Destinations, EMEA at ADARA from Barcelona
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
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.
Indira Gurung, Treasurer of the Executive Board at SASANE from Nepal
Captain Kate McCue, Master Captain at Celebrity Cruises
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.
Lisa Henning, Chief Operating Officer at The Travel Network Group from Woking
Komal Tekchandani, Head of IT Business Change at Heathrow from London
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.
Sean Collins, CEO of Thames Clippers from London
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
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
Sponsored by Heathrow – Awarded to a woman whose team leadership has greatly contributed to the organisation’s success.
Joanna Athanasiou, Senior Director RMCC Europe at Hilton from Watford
Asher Prower, Project Manager at Gatwick Airport from London
Tolene Van der Merwe, Director of Tourism, Malta Tourism from London
Sponsored by TTG Media – Awarded to a woman under 30 making a significant contribution to the sector.
Hayley Goddard, UK&I Resourcing Manager, Thomas Cook from Peterborough
Anna Ganthaler, Lead consultant on Strategy and Business Transformation, TUI, London
Evlynne Smith, UK Digital Lead for Travel and Transport, IBM from London
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.
Susannah Cery, Blogger and Founder of Our Travels Tribe