2022 Judges

Leigh Cowlishaw

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.

Dani Ives

SHINING STAR JUDGE
Dani started her career when she was 19 in the Marine travel sector with Instone International. She soon moved into supplier relations at ATPI when she was 22 before moving onto Advantage Travel Partnership and Focus Travel Partnership as Events Manager. Since joining Focus in January 2020 she has taken on other roles in the partnership including technology supplier relations, PR, Social media and continues to plan the Focus Events.

Cilla Goldberger

Cilla has 25 years experience in travel management having started in her travel industry journey in Israel. Upon relocating to the UK, she established the UK offices of Amsalem Business Travel, stepping up to MD four years later with overall responsibility for the EMEA operations. Her passion for tackling systematic problems in society has seen her undertake community engagement programmes such as Crisis at Christmas and the Felix project.

Emma Lamb

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 Anderson

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

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 Wratten

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

James 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 Fergus

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 Price

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 beam (formally known as HBAA) for several years as a consultant Executive Director.

Lee Whiteing

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.

Nikki Rogan

Nikki is Global Travel Director at Fujitsu 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.

Jennifer Robinson

RISING STAR JUDGE
Jennifer joined Synergy 3 years ago since joining has played a vital role in the growth of the London office. As a senior counsellor she helps manage the reservations and guest services team to ensure excellent service delivery. Jennifer’s passion for Synergy people enabled her to become involved in the company rebranding and she is now taking the lead on our global customer care program’s implementation.

Bex Deadman

Bex is an Independent Consultant. Her career in travel spans 15 years, the last 8 of which were spent leading an award-winning independent TMC. Recognised as an industry disruptor for challenging traditional value propositions and commercial models of TMCs. More recently she has been leading a group of industry professionals in the development of a certification standard, to align travel suppliers with ISO31030, Travel Risk Management.

Nikki Stimson

Nikki has more than 25 years’ experience in hospitality, business travel and travel technology, the last twelve of which were spent as an independent consultant helping companies with their PR and Marketing strategy. Nikki is Senior Director Corporate Communications and PR for GBTA in EMEA.

Guy Sneglar

Over the last 30 years in the industry, Guy Sneglar has worked for a major airline, all three GDSs, a global hotel chain, TMC, Corporate Online Booking Tool and Payments provider, supporting corporate travel programmes ranging from £100,000 to over £500m globally. In 2019, he set up Barndello Consulting, working with TMCs, corporate customers and travel suppliers to drive their technology and commercial initiatives, from strategy through to delivery, before joining Advantage as Global Business Travel Director in June 2022.

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, he is currently Global Category Director Travel & Mobility Accenture.