Tricia Handley becomes new AWTE chairman

The Association of Women Travel Executives has chosen Tricia Handley as its new chairman.

Handley, Pinpoint Communications managing director, was voted in on Tuesday night along with a new committee. She replaces New Frontiers managing director Julia Feuell, who has been chairman for the last two years.

The committee also has three brand new members: Travel Weekly sales director Jackie Anderson, who has taken on responsibility for membership on the board; Vertical Group communications manager Amanda Taylor, who has taken on responsibility for marketing and PR; GTC consultancy head Gill Craig, who has become committee secretary.

Other members of the committee are: Karen Ramirez, vice-chairman; Aphrodite Burton, events; Barbro Mcausland, treasurer; Bella Rangel Callan, benevolent.

Handley said the association would now embark on a recruitment drive to increase its profile in the trade.

She added: “The key to the future success of AWTE will be critical mass across a variety of travel sectors. Recruitment of new members will be a priority and the new membership campaign, driven by the new committee, will kick off in May. I believe the new dynamics entering into the AWTE will raise eyebrows and naturally result in an increase in membership.”

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