Meet the Meon Valley Travel family

Introducing the many faces responsible for your tailor-made travel experience. Welcome to creative travel thinking at its finest.

Management

Managing Director

James has grown Meon Valley Travel to reflect his own values. The antithesis of corporate blandness, he is an especially driven individual and profoundly knowledgeable.
James has always been a high flyer. At 23 he co-founded one of Europe’s most successful travel insurance and worldwide emergency medical assistance companies. Fifteen years later he was Managing Director of world-class insurance broker AON before indulging his passion for travel by acquiring the Meon Travel Agency business from First Choice plc.

Now reputably one of the most respected executives in the travel industry, James guides our relentless growth delivering exceptional quality services renowned throughout the travel world. He was on the £3.2billion Advantage Travel Centre’s Board as Non-Executive Director and is a past Chairman of the Advantage Focus Partnership itself commanding £1.2billion Corporate turnover.

A keen pilot himself, James’s experience in the travel and assistance world is encyclopaedic and his passion intoxicating.

Years in the Industry: 15+ years

Assistance and Leisure Director

All-round problem solver Karen is Director of the Assistance and Leisure divisions and has been at the heart of the company since joining as a Saturday girl in the retail shop for her father, the then finance director, in 1978. Nurturing talent, deploying technology and harnessing supplier relationships consumes most of Karen’s time but she still enjoys diving off to explore the latest hot destinations at the drop of a hat.

Karen has spent her life getting under the skin of the travel industry, understanding what makes things happen and how to create the unthinkable. Commercial savvy and a love for people and family mix to form a unique talent and an inspirational manager.

Favourite Destination: Al Maha, UAE

Years in the Industry: 20+ years

Corporate Director

Patron Saint of Corporate Travel, Colin was responsible for bringing Meon Valley Business Travel (formerly QBT) to the Meon family in 2009. As Director of the Group Corporate business he is one of the most resourceful, focused and passionate people in travel and a privilege to work with. A true genius with technology and business applications, he is one of the finest and most charismatic skilled business leaders in the industry. Colin lends a deeper more personal understanding of clients’ needs and how to gain best value from the industry for our customers. His advice is sought by airlines, technology providers and peers and is happily shared by one of the travel world’s good guys.

Favourite Destination: The K Club, Barbuda

Years in the Industry: 20+ years

Sales Director

How do you get ‘dude’ and ‘gifted professional’ in the same sentence?! The downside is he supports Liverpool but we forgive him that as he happens to be a talented all round sportsman himself!

Paul is handy on the football pitch, good with a cricket bat and beats all challenges on the badminton court. This competitive spirit drives a tech savvy people person with thorough organisational skills and a deep seated command of world-class travel solutions both on and off line. If you need something from the business, Paul’s finger is always on the pulse.

Favourite Destination: Perth, Australia

Years in the Industry: 10+ years

Group Marketing Manager

Ed has revolutionised Meon’s digital presence bringing a whole new dimension to both Leisure and Corporate services and communication. Fluent in hashtags re-tweets digicomms and CRM, Ed brings a wealth of experience originating from building corporate Intranets for blue-chip corporations in the City for Williams Lea New Media through to pioneering electronic banking with Geneva Digital and Xenos before realising his creative talents at Herringbone Design.

An active cyclist and kitesurfer, Ed can be found pedaling, running or powering straight into the next challenge and his unique mix of digital media communications, design and travel delivers a compelling cocktail to our customers’ fingertips.

Favourite Destination: Pagudpud, The Philippines

Years in the Industry: 10+ years

Financial Controller

Lisa is qualified, professional, gifted and thorough. She joined us from an accounting practice on a temporary basis but we refused to let her go – she’s that good! Lisa brings a discipline and sense of urgency to delivering results that astounds the best of us and is great for keeping us on our toes. Enthusiasm, charm and talent when mixed with a lovely nature provide a compelling cocktail.

Favourite Destination: Orlando, Florida

Years in the Industry: 5+ years

Non-Executive Chairman

Peter is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a member of its Corporate Finance Faculty and part of its Special Interest Group on Tourism and Hospitality.

In 1982 Peter set up an accountancy practice (now Warrener Stewart) focused on the commercial requirements of its clients. After, 25 years of continuous year on year growth, Peter retired from practice leaving the firm in the capable hands of five partners.

After three years of retirement, during which time he and his wife, Angela, travelled round the world three times, Peter teamed up as a consultant with a handful of entrepreneurial businesses which he admired and on whose objectives he felt he could make a positive impact.

With the successful achievement of those objectives marking the completion of his assignments, Peter is now focused on two remaining sectors in which he has now taken on formal directorships. One of these is with Meon Valley Travel where, in April 2018, Peter accepted our invitation to become Non-Executive Chairman.

Business

Business Travel Manager

Never quiet, never bored, never without his team around him, you never see the wood on his desk for the wealth of papers and notes from all the people he’s helping, managing or helping manage.

If you cut Kevin’s arm, he bleeds Meon Valley Business Travel and the team rely upon him. He understands people and has a profound knowledge second to none for airlines, fares and systems. His professionalism is legendary. Never known to drop the ball and often there to catch for others, his weekend escape is his Leicester City season ticket.

Favourite Place: Darling Harbour, Sydney

Years in the Industry: 20+ years

Business Travel Manager

Having joined us from a great grounding at the Co-op, Julie is good solid fun and a lovely person. We first met her many moons ago on an educational in Mexico and we wanted her to join the team ever since. She has got great attitude, she is always up for a challenge and first to volunteer whenever extra help is needed. She has excelled as a business champion within the team and offered great guidance and counsel with common sense and commercial savvy at all levels of the business. Newly promoted to Travel Manager she deserves every ounce of her hard fought success.

Favourite Destination: Washington DC

Years in the Industry: 5+ years

IT & Business Support Manager

Kelly is our very own in-house IT queen. She is thorough, methodical, hugely talented and creative. Kelly enjoys an intimate understanding of best process and how to blend this with technology that works. In this ever growing environment of e-commerce Kelly’s knowledge of self-booking tools and white label technology, delivering greater control and cost transparency to tech savvy businesses is now legend. She galvanises a perfect blend of talent and technology with a human touch and warmth of emotional intelligence.

Favourite Destination: Home

Years in the Industry: 20+ years

Senior Consultant

With an impressive Travel Consultant career history, Ahmed has a solid wealth of experience and talent including extensive groups travel management winning him Employee of the Month with his previous employer and one of his achievements included a Model of Excellence Award for exceptional standards of conduct.

He is rapidly becoming a vital team member winning the respect of his customers and colleagues alike.

Favourite Destination:  Mauritius

Years in the Industry: 10+ years

Senior Consultant

Best friend with our Becs, Sarah is a great listener who cracks on with the job, takes everything on board and loves to pick up new skills. She was dedicated enough to move half way across the country for her work and is one to always look on the positive side and see the best in any situation.
Sarah does a great posh telephone voice and frustrates us all with her ability to eat for England yet never gain a pound. Our very own super star, Sarah recently married and can shop 24/7 in her favourite destination.

Favourite Destination: Top of the ‘Rock’, New York City

Years in the Industry: 5+ years

Senior Consultant

A more thoroughly dedicated and talented professional you could not ask for. Jane loves the company and the company (and everyone in it) loves Jane. She has the patience of a saint and an insightful attention to detail. Jane will go overboard, above and beyond the call of duty for her clients, checking in, ensuring the right seats, sourcing the right meals, booking the best restaurants and securing the best rooms. Caring and responsible, a wealth of people rely upon her. This added to a lovely warm nature, makes Jane a very special person.

Favourite Destination: Nerja, Spain

Years in the Industry: 10+ years

Key Account Manager

A tour de force with profound industry knowledge and a great talent treasured. Tracey’s experience embraces business travel, technology, HR, management and sales so who better to tell you all you need to know about the world of travel. She is sassy, talented and resourceful; brimming with enthusiasm and motivation for the team, Tracey leads from the front and tells it how it is. She holds a special place in our hearts and we admire her integrity, competence, ambition and strength.

Tracey’s passion for the company is engrained in her DNA and we love her for it.

Favourite Destination: Lake Garda

Years in the Industry: 5+ years

Ticketing Consultant

Becs can eat for England and Heaven knows how she stays so slim – it must be her metabolism! Becs is our very own home-grown talent and an absolute gem of a travel consultant. Quick on the uptake, spirited and lively with an infectious bubbly personality, it almost hurts seeing someone so good doing so well for her treasured clients.

Favourite Destination: The Maldives

Years in the Industry: 10+ years

Senior Consultant

With a solid Business Travel background and her elegant poise after many years as a dance teacher and a championship dancer, Kim is already showing us and her valued clients what she is made of.  She is an avid reader, especially anything to do with History and has even converted her spare room into a mini library.

Kim is a bright and enterprising team player with the sole focus on making sure her clients get exactly what they need from the business.  She has demonstrated that she is going to be an asset to the team for years to come and we are all excited about being part of her Meon Valley Travel journey.

Favourite Destination:  Fig Tree Bay, Protaras, Cyprus

Years in the Industry: 10+ years

Senior Consultant

Our Julie is a regular trooper, balancing a busy and demanding life as a mother of two yet still delivering that same unwavering care and attention at our Leicester office. A solid citizen with a heart of gold when she is not helping guests travel the world Julie is a charity fundraiser par excellence.

Favourite Destination: Australia

Years in the Industry: 20+ years

Junior Consultant

Looking to progress her experience and skills in travel, Tiffany joined the Corporate team after specialising in USA and Caribbean travel with her previous employer.  Quick to learn and passionate about travel and customer service, Tiffany is proving her worth and learning the ropes in the department.

 

Being a former national gymnast and cheerleader, Tiffany has us doing cartwheels with her enthusiasm.

Favourite Destination: Florida

Senior Consultant

The office David Bailey! Steve loves his photography and loves his gadgets. Everybody loves Steve; he is happy-go-lucky and always has a smile even in the most challenging times (snow crisis, volcanic eruptions, etc) Steve is great on the phone and he enjoys a loyal customer following who wouldn’t dream of having anyone else look after their hard-earned travel spend. He is guaranteed to brighten your day and lighten the load of any travel need.

Favourite Destination: Ayers Rock, Australia

Years in the Industry: 20+ years

Incentive Retail Consultant

Happily married to the lovely Steph, Martin is a Leicester City fan but this doesn’t hold him back from seeking and booking the most obscure activities and fabulous venues for events, conferences and experiences ranging from power boat racing through wine tours and even cage diving with sharks off the coast of South Africa. Martin is a font of knowledge from the sublime to the scary and he has an incredible knack for taking the hardship and expense out of any enquiry without losing an ounce of the mystery and satisfaction. Cool, calm, collected and courageous, Martin has a skill to inspire. If you ever want to motivate your staff with an incentive, you need to talk to Martin.

Favourite Destination: Sydney Opera House

Years in the Industry: 10+ years

Senior Consultant

Scottish, fiercely patriotic, gifted and tenacious – it must be in the blood! Regularly travelling the country to visit friends and family and always, it appears, popping off to Dubai with her husband. Esther won’t let go when she knows what her clients need and she will fight tooth and nail to get all you want from your travel. Value, comfort, security and speed all come as second nature.

Favourite Destination: Jumeirah Beach, Dubai

Years in the Industry: 20+ years

Senior Consultant

Having joined us from Co-op Travel Services, Sande has fitted into the team exceptionally well. She is a no fuss, no nonsense, all guns blazing travel gal who startled and delighted her clients and colleagues with her speed and how she hit the ground running. Sande impresses all with her get-go and sparky talent.

Favourite Destination: Vegas baby!

Years in the Industry: 5+ years

Administration

Kay drives the invoice department and ploughs through an awesome volume of work with a cheery smile and never missing a deadline. Always on hand with tea and sympathy if needed, the wheels would grind to a halt without her. Recently married and a bundle of joy at any gathering, Kay’s smile lights up the building with life affirming warmth.

Favourite Destination: The Maldives

Years in the Industry: 10+ years

IT & Business Support Trainee

Luke joins us after carrying out an apprenticeship role as a Web Developer and completing a Level 3 ICT Professional Competence course. Ideally suited to the IT & Business Support Trainee position, he is passionate about diagnosing and resolving hardware, software and end users problems and will be working under the one-to-one tutelage of Kelly Doherty.

Luke enjoys watching and playing Sunday football and is a season ticket holder for Nottinghamshire Cricket Club.

Favourite Destination: New York

Senior Consultant

Angela is great fun to be around. She’s bi-lingual and loves to use her Spanish at every given opportunity. She has an awesome attention to detail and will forever go the extra mile. She has an infectious giggle and a passion for chocolate.

Favourite Destination: The Sunrise in Santa Eulalia, Ibiza

Years in the Industry: 20+ years

Senior Consultant

Talk about hit the ground running! You would not believe he joined us as a trainee and has already fast-tracked his skills to consultant level. He has mastered the complexities of rail bookings and has a speed to action far beyond his years. As long as we don’t burn him out this one is going to be a keeper and the boy will go far!

Favourite Destination: Ibiza

Years in the Industry: 5+ years

Senior Consultant

Juliette is a diamond. She makes the most fantastic cheesecake, runs an allotment, keeps four children in line and contributes as a fantastic team member with a wicked sense of humour. We will never tire of Juliette’s great customer service skills and wonderful rapport with her clients.

Favourite Destination: Barbados

Years in the Industry: 10+ years

Groups Manager

A prolific writer and master of the English language, David’s knowledge of routes, aircraft configurations and event destinations is the stuff of legend. He has a broad church of expertise having worked in the PR and events industry for many years, leading his own team and supporting individuals and event management companies finding exceptional value for all their corporate, conference and travel needs. From anywhere to anywhere in the world, juggling multi-national complex itineraries, David’s mind works quicker than a computer and lives and breathes professionalism. Partial to a glass of red, David is a committed runner and a qualified Athletics coach.

Favourite Destination: The ridge path of the Malvern Hills

Years in the Industry: 20+ years

Senior Consultant

Always the first to volunteer when anybody needs support, the first when there is extra work to be done and the last to be dragged off the dance floor! Shirley helps out in other departments whenever needed and is a mine of knowledge, charisma, dependability and is happy to surprise with her expertise and attention to detail.

Favourite Destination: Itamambuca Eco Resort Island, Rio de Janeiro

Years in the Industry: 10+ years

Senior Consultant

Mani qualified and worked as a reporter for the BBC World Service in the 1990s reporting on current affairs news programmes in French speaking West and Central African counties and the Ivory Coast. Mani’s career change to travel, which now spans close to 17 years, and proven track record of achieving results has set him in good stead to join the Business Travel team.  With a larger than life personality, Mani is fitting right in to the department.

In his spare time Mani enjoys salsa dancing and has been a die-hard Liverpool supporter for 20 years.

Favourite Destination:  Hanoi

Years in the Industry: 15+ years

Global Assistance

Repats Manager

Young and full of joy Christine’s background at Thomson’s has proved a real asset from the get go. She is destination aware, understands quality, has great discipline and what she doesn’t know about tour operators, charters and low cost carriers isn’t worth knowing. Christine is the first one to tackle a challenge, she is super enthusiastic, super chatty, naturally gifted and a lovely person – a perfect combination to help lead the Repatriations team.

Favourite Destination: Interlaken Switzerland

Years in the Industry: 5+ years

Repats Manager

A local Petersfield girl, Faye brings a bright, bubbly enthusiasm and infectious fun nature to the day. Exceptionally insightful, adept at digging out the best fares for the diverse needs of the emergency medical assistance sector, Faye has a perfect understanding of how to get the best out of an imperfect world and a wicked sense of humour.  With an encyclopaedic understanding of destinations, her natural flare and empathy for patient’s needs Faye has honed her leadership skills and now shares this talent to lead the 24 hour team.  A rare and precious talent.

Favourite Destination:  Anguilla

Years in the Industry: 10+ years

Repats Manager

Jude, with over 15 years leisure and business travel experience joined Meon Repats in 2003 and quickly established a reputation as a thorough all-rounder with an amazing knack for getting the most distant carriers to deliver client needs and emergency support under the most extreme and difficult circumstances. Jude comes in to her own in the toughest situations with an intuitive skill for containing crisis blended with common sense when sense is not always common. A committed team player, driven and focused, Jude is one who leads by example and always delivers. Oh, and if there’s a party… Jude’s the one in the middle of the dance floor swinging her arms in the air.

Favourite Destination: Byron Bay, AU

Years in the Industry: 15+ years

Invoice Administrator

Tash has excelled herself with youthful enthusiasm and a knack for picking up training on the front line of a business where the need is always immediate. Quietly determined where nothing is a drama, she is great at getting the job done with a subtle efficiency. A rising star and natural talent of the future.

Favourite Destination: Riviera Maya, Mexico

Trainee Repats Consultant

Jasmine started her working life in a customer facing role with New Look and after working hard as a part-time Sales Advisor achieved the position of Supervisor.  She has the perfect work ethic to join the Repatriation department learning how to be one of our exceptional consultants.  Jasmine shows enthusiasm and a keenness to soak-up as much information as she can in order to be a reassuring and professional voice for our clients.

Favourite Destination: Santorini

Repats Team Leader

Deborah loves her children, they come first. So in a family business, she is the perfect embodiment of the values we cherish. Repats is all about care and speed to resolution in a highly charged and sensitive emergency need. Above all we care, and Deborah proves the point with focus of attention and call to action as a pre-requisite to an exceptional repatriations consultant and leader giving the best of travel and galvanising a team with talent.

Favourite Destination: St Lucia

Years in the Industry: 5+ years

Repats Consultant

Vicki is sound, dependable, delightful and resourceful. She is a safe pair of hands and has a deep understanding of assistance travel matched with an enviable breadth of experience in small and large TMC’s. Vicki is relentlessly enthusiastic and never lets go of a problem until it is resolved. We love her surgical wit, wicked sense of humour and spirited dancing.

Favourite Destination: Kuranda, Queensland

Years in the Industry: 5+ years

Trainee Repats Consultant

On maternity leave and we miss her already!  Now a mum and enjoying sleepless nights and endless family visits.  Enjoy the winter whilst you can Daisy and we look forward to seeing you bright eyed, bushy tailed, well rested and suitably glowing upon your return.

Trainee Repats Consultant

After achieving a Diploma in Art and Design, Leah’s fashion career has stood her in good stead to bring freshness to the team.  Leah gained valuable customer service experience working in various retail outlets assisting customers and clients giving her the ideal background to train to the highest standards in the Repatriation department.

She is keen to learn on the job and with her attention to detail and enthusiasm she is the perfect candidate to absorb all aspects of Repatriation.

Favourite Destination: Bacardi Island, Dominican Republic

Repats Consultant

Emma has several years travel experience, having worked overseas for five years. She has a lot of experience in the luxury travel industry and has proven to be intuitive, hardworking and enthusiastic about everything she does. Her confidence with clients on the phone leaves them feeling reassured and comforted when most in need. We are simply in awe. A real catch and we are thrilled to have her on board.

Favourite Destination: Phuket

Years in the Industry: 5+ years

Repats Consultant

After successfully completing his training programme in the Repatriation department, Josh has demonstrated his enthusiasm to get the job done. With a proven track record in insurance and technology customer service roles and after a short spell indulging his passion as a landscape gardener, Josh knows how to dig in and reap the benefits of training and gaining on-the-job experience. Josh’s warm and caring personality already has him fast-tracking as a solid and dependable member of the Repatriation team.

In his spare time he is a regular football player.

Favourite Destination: On the back of a tractor mower with a beer in hand

Repats Consultant And Trouble Shooter

With 12 years at Carllson Wagonlit culminating in managing the platinum team responsible for the personal travel for senior board members of the largest and most demanding multinationals, Kirsty understands all about attention to detail. Kirsty is responsible for training together with the systems and procedures that accompany the increasing demands of managing and institutionally sharing knowledge. Greatly respected initially as a trouble shooter through all departments with the challenges that accompany exponential growth the word ‘no’ simply doesn’t exist in her vocabulary and Kirsty is relentless in the pursuit of nurturing talent. Kirsty has been instrumental in the development of the Meon knowledge bank.

Favourite Destination: Moon Palace, Cancun

Years in the Industry: 20+ years

Repats Consultant

Independent and totally committed to what it takes to be a brilliant Repats consultant, Hiba buries herself in caring for the intimate detail of repatriation planning, demonstrating knowledge beyond her years. Originating from the Lebanon, Hiba thrives on the challenge to go one step beyond the norm and she is our very own Gold Medallist, racing to the phone to help with whatever calls. Whatever she does Hiba wants to do well and she cares – it’s what makes her so special.

Favourite Destination: A night out in London

Years in the Industry: 10+ years

Repats Consultant

Specialising in out of hours and nights cover, Claire is the model of service perfection personified. Prompt, proficient and caring, Claire commands a huge wealth of respect from her colleagues in coping with the most demanding and sensitive needs at the most delicate of times. When you need a friendly voice on the end of the phone, she’s the best.

Favourite Destination: With the family

Years in the Industry: 20+ years

Leisure

Office Manager

We are delighted to welcome Nicki back to the business. She has managed Leisure and Business Travel in the past and now sets her steely eye on delivering a new level of service excellence and professionalism to Meon Private Clients and Affinities.

Wherever she happens to be in the world there is always a part of Nicki hankering for the ski slopes. If only we could have snow all year round!

A dedicated mum, fantastic organiser, a talent for people and presentation and a profound and unrivalled breadth of travel knowledge. Nicki is a joy to work with and brings a new level of professionalism to the business.

Favourite Destination: Sailing in the sun or skiing in the snow

Years in the Industry: 20+ years

Travel Consultant

Josie’s interest in travel started at a young age after exploring the world with her family. She has a healthy obsession with Disney World Florida and has visited on many occasions. Josie will be delighted to share her personal knowledge and recommendations to find your ideal holiday at Disney or at a dream destination of your choice.

Josie’s other interests include performing in a school choir and in shows for the community. She also has a passion for horse riding and helps out at local stables.

Favourite Destination: Disney World Florida

Travel Consultant

After taking a break from her career in travel to look after her young family, Clair has been welcomed back into the travel industry.  She has travelled extensively particularly around America and is keen to assist you with your dream holiday destination.

Clair’s hobbies include ballroom dancing, Zumba and aerial yoga.

Favourite Destination: Luxor Egypt

Years in the Industry: 20+ years

Senior Travel Consultant

Philippa has been in the travel industry for many years both here in the UK and overseas in the Far East. She cut her teeth working for an emerging long haul tour operator in the mid 80’s travelling widely to all corners of the globe. Philippa escorted press trips to places that were just opening up which included Madagascar and the Galapagos Islands.

Travel is all about contrasts and Philippa enjoys the more intrepid experiences such as trekking in Nepal, cycling in Indo-China and sailing in the Adaman as much as staying in some of the best resorts in the world.

Never tiring from finding the right holiday for her customers, she throws herself into each search with a fresh vigour in the hope they have their ideal holiday.

Favourite Destination: Thailand

Years in the Industry: 20+ years

Senior Travel Consultant

Wow! We have succeeded in enticing the awesome talent that is Lesley Reeves into our Head Office in Petersfield to take hold the reins of our Retail Leisure activity. With a huge depth of experience specialising in creating delicious travel itineraries, Lesley has a vast bank of contacts and treasured friends throughout the world enabling her and her team to offer inspiringly bespoke advice.

Always in huge demand, Lesley is so popular and everybody treasures her advice, such that friends, families, colleagues and suppliers all queue up for the latest nugget of insight that makes the difference between a holiday and a life affirming experience.

If you crave encyclopaedic inspiration and the gift of a perfect holiday itinerary just for you then walk this way…

Favourite Destination: The depths of Thailand

Years in the Industry: 20+ years

Senior Travel Consultant

Louise joins us from Virgin Holidays. She is a great mum and her children constantly remind her that they come first. Louise is bright bubbly and vivacious, she is well travelled and this shows in her boundless energy and enthusiasm for the business. She is a thoroughly professional package who knows her stuff, is brilliant at her job and fantastic at seeking out special locations. She also owns the most fab pair of Jackie O sunglasses!

Favourite Destination: Santorini

Years in the Industry: 5+ years

Senior Travel Consultant

Lucie became passionate about travelling from a very young age when she used to holiday in Jamaica at her Auntie’s house. There she took in all the colours, smells and way of life and that was it, she was hooked and wanted to see the rest of the world.

Since then she has worked for two high street agencies – one multiple and one independent, which both gave her a great start in the industry and huge amounts of knowledge for finding that perfect holiday for her clients. During her career, she has been lucky enough to visit some fantastic destinations and experienced many adventures such as dolphin watching in The Gambia, snorkelling in Mexico and taking in the view from the top of Atlantis The Palm in Dubai. She has travelled throughout most of Europe including Turkey and Tunisia, experienced the flavours of the Caribbean such as Antigua and Barbados and enjoyed city life in Singapore. She’ll dive into any challenge head first and joins in with her client’s excitement, ensuring they have the very best experience.

Favourite Destination: Jamaica for jammin’ in the sunshine

Years in the Industry: 10+ years

Travel Consultant

Abigail started with us as our Saturday Girl and having achieved qualifications in Travel and Tourism and Business after three years of study, she is gaining hands-on experience as Trainee in the Leisure department. Abi is bright, inquisitive and with a passion for travel she has already toured extensively throughout Europe and America and is keen to see more of the world.

Away from work she has danced Ballroom and Latin for England and is happiest capturing the places she has visited in photograph.

Favourite Destinations: New York and Florida

Finance

Assistant Manager

A total bundle of fun Kristy bounces around the office lighting up our day. We applaud her ambition and continued professional training to qualification. Kristy herself has relentlessly progressed from Trainee to Administrator to Team Leader and now Assistant Manager at breath-taking pace. Kristy brings a fresh new approach to age-old challenges with a perceptive and intelligent eye beyond her years.
Always keen, always fast and always with a smile and unfailing energy, who said Finance departments were boring?!

Favourite Destination: Buried in a book

Years in the Industry: 5+ years

Accounts Assistant

Jess is the newest member of the Accounts Team and brings enthusiasm and the drive to succeed in her chosen career path of Accountancy. She is keen to get hands-on experience and add to her skills and knowledge whilst undertaking her AAT qualification.

When not studying hard, Jess is dedicated and passionate about running and takes part in Park Runs as well as a daily morning 5km run.

Favourite Destination: Orlando

Accounts Administrator

Helen’s lovely demeanour and delightful warmth of presence hides a will of iron and persistence to get to the nub of any problem or difficult challenge that balancing the books may throw at her. Charming and caring, Helen ensures that everybody she supports gets the job done with minimum fuss and a smile. A sheer delight to work with and a rare talent that quietly gets the job done without drama or stress. A very special and sophisticated soul that we treasure greatly.

Favourite Destination: Pollensa, Majorca

Years in the Industry: 20+ years

Accounts Assistant

Emma is the newest member of the Leicester Accounts team and brings with her a wealth of experience from many areas of the travel industry. Having worked both in the UK and overseas Emma is now combining her love of travel with her career in accountancy. She is always keen to get to the bottom of a problem and is already proving to be an asset to the team.

Favourite Destination: Anywhere in the Caribbean

Years in the Industry: 10+ years

Credit Controller

With many years of experience in the Leicester office, Liz has moved into the Credit Controller/Sales Administrator position, bringing insight and attention to detail. She is a valuable asset to the Accounts team and will provide a warm and friendly voice to our clients.

Favourite Destination: Ibiza

Years in the Industry: 20+ years

Sales, Marketing & Administration

Director of Sports Travel

After 32 years at The Arsenal, Jonno has joined Meon as Director of Sports Travel for the Professional Footballers Association Travel Club.  He’s a meticulous, highly experienced Travel Manager with the ability to deliver complex logistics within scope and budget and to non-negotiable deadlines.  When it comes to understanding the intricate detail for players, club travel and international training camps Jonno’s experience is the stuff of legend.

Favourite DestinationNew York

Years in the Industry: 20+ years

Goodwood Consultant

Sam joins the Leisure team as an event specialist. Already proven as a rising star with a natural gift for training and developing systems and initiatives, Sam is calm in a storm and can bring joy to any situation. He is thoroughly professional as well as being able to convey his warm personality.

Favourite Destination: Byron Bay, Australia

Years in the Industry: 5+ years

PA to the Managing Director and HR Administrator

Forget work, we are off to the tennis! We really ought to change Kerry’s job title from PA to ‘Makes It Happen’. Kerry typifies warmth of presence, integrity, emotional intelligence and communication genius with an eye for detail and appetite for fun. It is a joy to have one’s life organised by her.

Favourite Destination: Under a coconut palm in Antigua

Years in the Industry: 5+ years

Minister of Mischief

Sue supports Karen Beagrie with administration, MI and communication. Using a surgical wit and chocolate as legitimate tools to nurture the best from the business.

Having touched every aspect of the company from its foundation, Sue deploys common sense as a pre-requisite where sense isn’t always common together with a ton of commitment and diligent expertise to an often challenging and driving environment. She’s great with people and promotes efficiency, accuracy, support and wellbeing with dedication, a commitment to perfection and an infectious laugh.

Favourite Destination: Pigeon Point, Tobago

Years in the Industry: 20+ years

Administrator

Rachel is the chilled out entertainer of the office and can see the funny side of anything, even on a busy Monday morning.

Rachel is truly dependable, has meticulous attention to detail and takes great pride in ensuring everything is sent out to the high standards that we expect.

Favourite Destination: Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Years in the Industry: 5+ years

Marketing Executive

Joining the Marketing Team after working at ClubVentos in Brazil, Ollie’s digital marketing career has seen him work for multi-million pound companies to small businesses fulfilling his constant desire to learn new skills.  What he doesn’t know about web design, advertising, email and digital marketing isn’t worth knowing.  In his first marketing position undertaking a Marketing Internship at Shore Watersports, West Wittering, this location enabled him to participate in his passion of windsurfing whilst learning the key foundation skills in marketing and social media.

Favourite Destination: Vassiliki, Greece

Marketing Executive

Carrie puts the ‘social’ in social media and mercilessly exploits every opportunity the job offers to test every magical Disney destination with family around the world at the drop of a hashtag.  Fun, approachable, bright, talented and media savvy, Carrie lives, breathes and works 25/7 in a 24/7 world.  If they gave out degrees for instilling fun in enterprise she would get a first. 

Favourite Destination: Dubai

Sales and Marketing Assistant

She maybe young but she has a bright future ahead of her.  Saskia is passionate about the company, committed to marketing presentation and business development and spirited with an individuality and creative eye to challenge dull convention.  She cares about getting results, works hard and takes pride in giving her best to the business.  She also startles all with her ability to remain vertical in the most precariously high shoes.  In a department where get-up-and-go is a pre-requisite Saskia is an inspiring go-getter.

Favourite Destination:  New York

Years in the Industry: 5+ years

Independent Consultants

Carolyn Lodge @ Meon Valley Travel

Carolyn started her business from scratch over 30 years ago.  As soon as the agency received its ABTA membership the business went from strength to strength. Two years later the business gained IATA membership. Then when the airlines started to cut the commission they paid, Carolyn decided to add another string to her bow by becoming a small tour operator and in January 2001 she launched La Joie de Vivre, a collection of luxury hotels all personally recommended by her. Thirty years on Carolyn is still passionate about travel and still derives huge satisfaction in having clients who return from their holidays thrilled with their experiences and eager to start planning the next one.

In October 2018 Carolyn joined Meon Valley Travel and will continue to help customers realise true value now further strengthened by Meon’s specialist reach.

Years in the Industry: 20+ years

Travel Consultant Carolyn Lodge @ Meon Valley Travel

Amber began working at Carolyn Lodge Travel at the beginning of 2017. Previously Amber had spent more than ten years working for various tour operators and travel agencies culminating with a spell working from home as a Travel Counsellor. She also spent a season working as cabin crew, and has lived in Spain and Mallorca. Amber has travelled extensively in the USA and Canada, as well as the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Europe.

In October 2018 Amber joined Meon Valley Travel.

Favourite Destination:  Sri Lanka

Years in the Industry: 10+ years

Independent Consultant

Hi, I’m Russell and I have joined the Meon Valley Travel family as an Independent Travel Consultant. I’m based on the Isle of Wight and with over 20 years’ experience in the travel industry I can offer a service that is not only professional and knowledgeable, but with an added personal touch of value.

Whether you are looking for multi-centre, a tailor made holiday or a more conventional escape, I have all the right valuable contacts with the best hotels and sources affording me access to great deals and offers and the added bonus of specialist expertise and personal advise at your command.

I enjoy finding the best for clients whom I regard as friends and I love to provide exceptional customer service as a prerequisite. Whilst sharing the wealth of knowledge I have gathered I treasure the great feedback too, so thank you and don’t stop! Coming back and sharing your great experiences makes it all worthwhile.

I have visited too many European destinations to count but the Canary Islands have to be a firm personal favourite. I have explored the Caribbean extensively and can’t wait to revisit Trinidad and Tobago. For the States, the right Orlando experience is a must for the family even down to the best shows I can tell you all about. As a keen golfer I love working my handicap abroad given any excuse. I have visited and played so many of the beautiful courses in Southern Spain and enjoy creating some fabulous golfing Itineraries for friends and groups. You just let me know when you need an inspirational destination!

If you are looking to get away now or in the future, please feel free to contact me by phone or email to discuss your travel requirements.

russell@meonvalleytravel.com / 01730 340043

Independent Consultant

Travel has been my one and only job for over 30 years and the enjoyment I get from organising travel arrangements does not fade with time. I pride myself in the ability to ensure that all my customers receive impartial advice combined with a flexibility to suit all needs.

I have always felt that customers deserve peace of mind in having a personal travel advisor who is dedicated to deliver a professional service but with a personal touch and who will take care of all aspects of their arrangements down to the very last detail.
I have travelled extensively throughout the world in my career and have a wealth of knowledge which is passed on with pleasure to clients. Whether it be for a long-haul planned itinerary, family holiday or scheduled airfares I will offer an exceptional standard of service. One phone call or e-mail will ensure I find your ideal holiday or flight and as Meon Valley Travel is part of the Advantage Group they are dedicated in obtaining the very best prices for their customers which are passed on to me.

lyn@meonvalleytravel.com / 01273 416646