CHAIR OF JUDGES
Joint Managing Partner of business travel consultancy Black Box Partnerships, Leigh has more than 25 years’ experience in travel, accommodation, and meetings. Cowlishaw is former Chair of the HBAA, and is Global Supplier Partnership Director for the Advantage Travel Partnership.
Cilla has worked in the travel industry for over 20 years. She currently sits on the Board of Directors at the newly formed Focus Travel Partnership and is additionally Managing Director at ABT-UK (Amsalem Business Travel UK Ltd.).
Emma is the Global Travel Safety & Security Specialist for Milestone Tech @ Facebook, looking at all areas of travel risk best practices, training and education. She was previously the Global Travel Safety and Security Coordinator at Bank of America Merrill Lynch for seven years, helping to build and establish the Travel Safety Program.
Elizabeth is Manager Global Travel Operations at Inmarsat and works collaboratively both internally and with external providers to build the travel programme, look after travel risk and the company’s accommodation programme. She is always seeking new products and services to provide a balanced and streamlined experience for travellers.
Ian Blackie is the EMEA Travel Manager at Bloomberg L.P. based in London. Ian is accountable for the operational performance and strategic direction of the travel programme within his region, ongoing vendor management and negotiation with Air, Hotel, TMC and Ground Transport. Prior to Bloomberg, Ian held senior commercial roles within the airline and business travel industry.
Clive was appointed to the position of Chief Executive of The BTA in 2019. Clive joined The BTA from private equity backed travel partnership company Amber Road, where he was Chief Executive Officer. Clive spent eight years as General Manager UK at Etihad Airways. Clive joined Etihad Airways from HRG as Head of International Business Group and has also held senior positions with Gulf Air, Qantas and British Airways.
James Foice is the CEO of the Association of Serviced Apartment Providers, the trade body for serviced apartments. James has 37 years’ experience in the hospitality and travel sector and has orchestrated the introduction of the International Serviced Accommodation Accreditation Process (ISAAP) which has 154 participants, in 27 countries.
Carol is Director of Global Travel, Events and Ground Transportation for Fidelity International with over 30 years Travel experience. Carol has an MSc in Facilities Management and is CIPS qualified. Recently appointed on the GBTA Europe Advisory board, she is also Vice Chair of their Diversity Equality & Inclusion strand as well as Co-Leading the TAMS DI&E group. She has written and critiqued key topics in various travel magazines, sat on panels, steering committees and spoken at many industry events.
Juliet has enjoyed a successful and varied career in hospitality and events, working with hotels as well as with venue finding, events and online agencies. In 2011 she joined her husband as co-director of Polygon Consulting and has worked closely with industry association HBAA for several years as a consultant Executive Director.
Peter is UK Commercial Director at TAG where he previously held the position of Director of Account Management. Peter joined TAG from Flight Centre Travel Group in 2018, where he held various positions in Account Management, Sales and Operations. He was the winner of Rising Star Award in 2020.
Lee worked at HSBC for 27 years, of which 15 years were spent in travel. For his last 6 years he was the Global Head of Travel Operations. In this role he oversaw the creation of a global team and policy, consolidated TMCs and saw his team achieve outstanding NPS scores across all of their stakeholders. In April 2021 Lee starts a new role as the Commercial Director for Global Secure Accreditation, a company that specialises in accrediting hotels on their safety, security and cleanliness on an unbiased and independently verified basis.
Rod Richardson has nearly 30 years’ experience in the travel industry starting his career working with various TMC’s before making a move into the corporate sphere some years ago. Having worked for 12 years for the largest privately funded biomedical research foundation and now one of the leading financial institutions he brings with him a wealth of knowledge from both spectrums of the industry. Rod is an active member of the business travel community, speaking and presenting at many events globally in his 30 year career and is passionate about both travel, the industry and creating a better environment for everyone in it.
Jan T. Jacobsen
With 26 years of senior-level and entrepreneurial career experience in the global hospitality and travel industries, Jan offers a wealth of expertise in sourcing, procurement, vendor management and programme development. A Corporate Travel Manager specialising in multi-national programme management in the corporate travel and meetings sector. Jan’s savvy in business was fundamentally impacted by a three-decade global career as both as professional and amateur dancer, beginning at the age of 13, with studies in the art at the tender age of 4. Growing up with persistent targets, strategic work & planning goals, being guided and mentored by professional team coaches and always striving to improve is truly the foundation of his success.
Nikki is an independent consultant specialising in corporate business travel with over 20 years’ experience in the industry. She recently joined Fujitsu and is an active participant within advisory boards such as ITM Industry Affairs Group and GTMC Corporate Travel Buyers Board. Nikki was awarded ITM Multi-National Travel Manager of the year in 2017.
Sonia is Head of Business Travel Services and Events for the Advantage Travel Partnership with 20 years’ experience working in the travel industry. Sonia joined Advantage in 2009, originally appointed as Business Development Executive but quickly progressed to Corporate Relationship Manager, before moving into the Head of Business Travel role in 2014. Currently, Sonia is responsible for the consortium’s overall Business Travel and events proposition. Sonia was appointed to the Level UK Leadership team in April 2019.