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Three final seats on Travel Apprenticeship Board secured to represent views of SMEs

19 May 2017

Three experienced travel professionals championing the interests of SME businesses have secured a leading role in the future of travel apprenticeships, taking the final seats available on the Travel Apprenticeship Board.

The new members, carefully selected for their combined expertise and passion in driving up the quality of apprenticeships, complete the membership to the board and ensure representation from employers of all sizes across the industry.

The three representatives join the five members elected in March, which finalises the board as: 

  • Nicky Duffy, head of operations, Clarity Travel Management
  • Christina Drummond, managing director, Horncastle Executive Travel Ltd
  • Joanne Griffiths, head of people, Ocean Holidays
  • Julia Assock, head of learning & development, Reed & Mackay
  • Ben Bouldin, associate vice president and managing director UK & Ireland, Royal Caribbean International
  • Linda Ginger, global head of sales training, STA Travel
  • Nicole Freer – senior business development consultant, The Advantage Travel Partnership
  • Emma Metcalf, qualifications delivery manager - talent programmes, Thomas Cook

In addition to the eight employer members, the board also includes non-voting representatives from ABTA and GTMC.

The board, which will be facilitated by performance and talent management expert, People 1st, is recognised by government to oversee the external quality assurance of the employer-driven travel apprenticeship that was launched this year.

Annette Allmark, director of strategic policy at People 1st comments:

“We were delighted to fill the remaining places on the board with representatives championing the views of SMEs and wanting an influential role in the future of travel apprenticeships. It is extremely important that employers, large and small, have the opportunity to help drive quality apprenticeships and ensure the new standards remain fit for purpose for all businesses.”

Find out more about the Travel Apprenticeship Board.


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