ABTA has announced the appointment of Alistair Rowland as chairman as Noel Josephides stands down after six years in office.

Rowland is chief retail officer of Mid-Counties Co-operative Ltd and has served on the ABTA board of directors for the last seven years, representing retail members with a turnover of £20 million.

ABTA chief executive Mark Tanzer commented: “On behalf of the board, I am delighted to welcome Alistair Rowland to his new position as chairman of ABTA. Alistair has served with distinction on our board of directors and his expertise, professionalism and enthusiasm will be invaluable in our ongoing work to support our members and their customers as well as helping to deliver ABTA’s business plan. I would also like to extend our warmest thanks to outgoing chairman Noel Josephides for the exceptional contribution he has made to the association throughout his six years in office.”

Rowland added: “I look forward immensely to taking on my new role as chairman of the UK’s leading travel association. Now, more than ever, it is vital that we have an association that represents the voice of the industry, supports the needs of its members and helps their customers to feel confident in travelling. The association has made strong progress under chief executive Mark Tanzer and the chairmanship of my predecessor Noel Josephides and I’m keen to further build on that good work.”

In addition, Daniele Broccoli of Britaly Travel and Jamie Gardiner of Diverse World Ltd were both re-elected to the board, while Richard Downs from Iglu.com has stepped down.


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