Meet the Progressive Travel Recruitment Team
Founder & Co-owner
James Roberts spent four years working for British Airways and its subsidiary British Regional Airlines, ending up as a regional business manager. He completed a six-month consultancy contract with Siemens, as travel manager for their business worldwide.
Tel: +44 (0) 7966 169 530
Director – Leisure and Hospitality
Fiona Morrison-Arnthal has over 25 years of international travel and hospitality industry knowledge. In her current role, she leverages her vast network of contacts together with her knowledge and passion for travel and hospitality technology to source, identify and place industry talent, globally.
Tel: +44 (0) 7961 775 221
Director & Co-owner
Tony Macdonald started his travel industry career at British Airways. Here at Progressive Travel Recruitment, he looks after operations, marketing, finance, training, supplier contracting, our online presence, HR, GDPR compliance and the development of our overseas offices.
Tel: +44 (0) 203 575 1135
Lee van Staden
Account Manager – BT & Travel Tech
Lee van Staden started her travel career in 2005 working as a Junior Consultant, quickly moving up to Senior Consultant, before taking on the role of Branch Manager. Personal achievements include Top Consultant, Most Improved Consultant and Top Sales Person per branch for eight years in a row.
Tel: +44 (0) 208 133 3037
Account Manager Indian Ocean
Since the 1990s, Ibrahim Mahudhee has worked in some of the most sought-after holiday locations in the world. He started at a five star complex working for One & Only Resorts as a reservations supervisor, moving on to Platinum Capital Holdings as sales and marketing manager for two resorts.
Tel: + 96 (0) 777 6034
Account Manager – Business Travel
Susan Sewell’s travel career began in 2010 with her appointment as Senior Sales Manager for American Express Global Business Travel. Her role initially was to attract new corporate clients with a spend of up to £3.5 million per year. She was promoted to Sales Director, Head of Sales for the UK and Ireland.
Tel: +44 (0) 161 425 2168
Sales and Marketing Manager
Bianca Pinkney has over 20 years’ travel industry experience. After studying Travel and Tourism, she began her career as a Travel Consultant in her native Australia, in 1997. In May 2003, Bianca moved to the UK, travelling extensively throughout Europe.
Tel: +44 (0) 7950 775 961
Divisional Manager – BT & Travel Tech
Nicola Townsend completed a degree in Travel & Tourism Management before working in the leisure industry at Golfbreaks.com for over three years, in a customer service role. She then moved into travel recruitment, where she held several roles, including Team Leader.
Tel: +44 (0) 7375 865 631
Like our new colleague, everyone at Progressive Travel Recruitment has worked in travel or hospitality, so we know the requirements and challenges of both sectors – and our clients trust us to get it right first time. Check back here soon for more details.
Tel: +44 (0) 203 490 4746
Claire has had a stimulating and varied career, coming to Progressive Travel Recruitment from three years as a Senior Account Manager in a specialist Asset Finance and Leasing Recruitment Consultancy. Before that, she spent six years in the Met Police.
Tel: +44 (0) 7377 702 793
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Account Manager – Leisure Travel
Simon Hurst-Grover has worked in the industry for many years, and has exceptional experience in travel as an employee and as a recruiter. At Progressive, we always employ people with travel experience as they’re already invested in the industry and have a deeper understanding of what is required.
Tel: +44 (0) 7377 668 498
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Storm joined us in January 2020, having worked in the travel industry for seven years in the UK and South Africa, where he started his industry career as a travel consultant with Pentravel in Durban, and laterally as a regional training manager.
Tel: +44 (0) 203 290 8299
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Claudette provides operations support across Progressive Travel Recruitment. She has worked in travel in previous roles, including as a Travel Agent then as Accounts Assistant at Pentravel in Durban. Before that, she travelled the world working aboard Holland America Cruise Lines.
Tel: +44 (0) 208 638 5936
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Michelle is the former Managing Director of Elegant Resorts, where she oversaw the provision of specialist luxury travel services to a discerning market for 25 years. She worked in every department of the business, starting her career in finance and going on to shape this immensely successful brand. She is now a business coach, assisting travel ventures and more, and we’re delighted to have her on board as a Non-Executive Director.
Tel: +44 (0) 203 490 4746
Senior Account Manager – Leisure & Hospitality
Lucy comes to us with many years of travel recruitment experience, managing mid to senior management positions with many big-brand travel companies. She thrives on helping people grow their careers in an industry she loves, and particularly enjoys finding that unique role that someone has been dreaming of.
Tel: +44 (0) 7792 679 013
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Account Manager – MICE
Genna provides operations support to our teams of account managers here at Progressive Travel Recruitment. Her roles within the travel industry include working as a travel agent, then as National Branch Accounts Manager at Pentravel in Durban, South Africa. Before that, she worked in Wales and travelled around Europe, Australia and New Zealand.