Advantage Travel Partnership senior commercial manager Claire Brighton has been elected new chairman of the Clia Travel Agent Advisory Council (TAAC) for two years.

She takes over the role from Phil Nuttall, managing director of The Cruise Village, who served for the previous two years.

The council is made up of leaders from major travel agency consortia, multiples, and independents representing high street agents, homeworkers, online retailers and call centres across the UK and Ireland.

The group discusses how Clia can best support, educate and engage travel agents and how the cruise sector can work together to get more people to cruise utilising the organisation’s training programmes and resources.

Clia UK and Ireland senior vice president, Andy Harmer, said: “Claire brings a wealth of experience of both retail and cruise – and I know that this important group of travel agents, led by Claire, will continue to make a valuable contribution to the discussions that we have around the events, resources and learning that CLIA offers.

“I would also like to thank Phil Nuttall who steps down as chair after his two year term.”