Please meet your Focus Central team below – combined we have over 160 years of business travel experience working for both independent and global TMCs.
Chief Executive Officer
When and where did you join the travel industry: In 1996 I started in the hotel sector, then took a break into Technical Service for eight years before joining a Travel Management Company in 2012.
Superpower: Talent spotting which is massively reflective in my Central Team
Biggest weakness: Bradley Walsh
Hot drink choice: Cup of tea every time
Favourite quote: ‘You live but once, you may as well be amusing!’ Coco Chanel
Favourite country to visit: Italy
Technical Support Executive
When and where did you join the travel industry: I started working for British Rail in 1990, initially in the ticket office before moving into Corporate Travel with Turista in 1995.
Superpower: Organisation skills
Biggest weakness: I love hot curries
Hot drink choice: Coffee
Favourite quote: ‘Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer’
Favourite country to visit: Kauai (Small Island Paradise only 20 minutes away from Honolulu). I visited when I managed to get cheap flights in the summer school holiday period and travelled to Lihue, Honolulu, Los Angeles and then up to Seattle. We didn’t know what to expect and in hindsight would have stayed in Kauai for the full holiday as it was so amazing!
Partnership Project Manager
Location: South East London
When and where did you join the travel industry: I started at Instone Marine Travel, Brentwood, Essex in 2009 as a junior consultant and making tea!
Superpower: Extreme organisation skills and keeping a calm head
Biggest weakness: Animals, especially dogs!
Hot drink choice: Earl grey tea with milk
Favourite quote: ‘In a world where you can be anything, be kind’
Favourite country to visit: Spain! Good weather, beautiful culture as well as amazing food and wine. If you haven’t been, head to Valencia!
Online Support and Training Manager
Location: East Kilbride, Glasgow, Bonnie Scotland
When and where did you join the travel industry: Started as a modern apprentice at Thomas Cook in May 2000 (thanks to one of our current Focus Partner’s employees who recruited me into this role). I love the buzz of travel, booking it, experiencing it and just talking about it!
Superpower: Me! I am my own superpower, being able to find the positive in almost anything.
Biggest weakness: Primark, I can never just buy what I went in for!
Hot drink choice: Decaffeinated tea with one sugar and a coo (milk) – or a mulled wine at Christmas
Favourite quote: ‘Everything happens for a reason’
Favourite country to visit: USA – my bucket list is to visit every State. I have already ticked off the smallest one.
Location: Whyteleafe, Surrey
When and where did you join the travel industry: Officially in 1988 when I became a Tour Guide with Contiki 18-30 coach touring holidays and later joined the corporate travel industry in 1994 as a PA.
Superpower: Looking at the detail and keeping organised
Biggest weakness: Handbags, backpacks and suitcases – I get bored of them quite quickly
Hot drink choice: Black coffee in the morning to kick-start and relaxing peppermint tea in the afternoon
Favourite quote: ‘A sprinkle of fairy dust’
Favourite country to visit: Dubai – I just never tire of the ever-changing architecture .. but the sun and high quality of hotels helps too!
Business and Fares Support Executive
When and where did you join the travel industry: I started at Amex in 1997 in the fares team, auditing PNRs to achieve cheaper fares.
Superpower: A quick learner
Biggest weakness: Hand-picked blackberries with yoghurt
Hot drink choice: Pukka’s aniseed, fennel and cardamom tea
Favourite quote: ‘Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain’
Favourite country to visit: Canada, I love the big open spaces, fresh air, mountains and the lovely people.
Business Development Manager
Location: Walton on Thames, Surrey
When and where did you join the travel industry: As a junior Travel Consultant Slough 1974
Superpower: I have the ability to leave cupboard doors open after use without any problem
Biggest weakness: My daughters
Hot drink choice: Flat white Coffee
Favourite quote: Stay away from negative people, they have a problem for every solution
Favourite country to visit: USA, Specifically Boston and New England