The boss of Gray Dawes Travel will join Advantage Travel Partnership’s board next month as the consortium looks to increase its support of business travel.

Suzanne Horner (pictured) is described as “an active member” of Advantage Business Travel by the consortium, with a wealth of industry knowledge.

Horner is also chair of the executive board at the Business Travel Association (BTA).

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Over the past year, the BTA has been building “a closer bond” with Advantage, said Horner, who is the Colchester-based company’s chief executive.

“I am a strong advocate for industry collaboration,” Horner said. “I have seen first-hand through Gray Dawes’ membership of Advantage the benefit we receive, and I am honoured to be asked to take a seat on the board and contribute to Advantage’s vision for the future.”

Advantage said the appointment reflected its increased emphasis on business travel investment.

Julia Lo Bue-Said, Advantage Travel Partnership’s chief executive, said: “I believe Suzanne will contribute significantly to our future business travel direction.

“Her high profile will only help to endorse Advantage as the only true business travel commercial organisation, delivering even greater business travel expertise to our community.”

Horner won the consortium’s outstanding achievement award in 2018.

Advantage chairman Steven Esom said: “Advantage is in a prime position to demonstrate the invigorated business travel proposition available to new and future members.”