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Beyond Albatross

Whilst we all work really hard on behalf of all of our stakeholders, we also firmly believe that it is important for Albatross to get involved within its local communities in a way that everyone can be proud of.

As a result of this philosophy, in 2009 we set up the Claire Foster Fund to raise money for a wide range of good causes whilst since 2010 we have been actively supported and sponsoring Courtney Tulloch, a hugely talented young gymnast who lives close to our Head Office.

In addition to these initiatives, we support our staff in their own fundraising and local community activities whilst also working with them to facilitate travelling sabbaticals and other relevant interests that they have.

We particularly encourage our directors and senior managers to get involved in other activities beyond Albatross in order that they can both broaden their own experience whilst also contributing to the communities or areas of society that they are particularly interested in.

Our Finance Director, Adam Handy, also devotes a significant proportion of his free time to leading Larkfield Football Club as their Chairman. Larkfield FC is based down the road from our Head Office and operates over 20 teams ranging in age from 5 years old to adult, working with over 300 local children.

Sean Taggart remains a valued Non-Executive Director following his sale of his shares in Albatross to Steve Hornby and Adam Handy. On the back of his passion for people and business growth, in 2018 Sean founded The Growth Adviser – www.thegrowthadviser.co.uk – with the aim of helping ambitious owner managers accelerate their growth plans and build stronger businesses.

He also continues to undertake a significant amount of pro-bono work including acting as Deputy Chair & the Senior Independent Director for Investors in People (www.investorsinpeople.com), Non-Executive Director & Treasurer of the European Tour Operators Association (www.etoa.org) and Chair of trustees at Crossroads Care Kent (www.carerskm.org). Most recently he has been appointed as Chair of Trustees at Cerebra (www.cerebra.org.uk), a national charity that provides support and research to help children with brain disorders and their families.

He is also a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Institute of Directors, the Tourism Society and the Institute of Enterprise & Entrepreneurs. He has also acted as a past Chairman of a number of tourism industry bodies in addition to serving as a UK Commissioner for Employment & Skills between 2011 and 2017.

Sarah Anderson CBE, one of our Non-Executive Directors has a wide range of other interests which include chairing Call Britannnia Contact Centres, a socially motivated enterprise which trains and employs the long term unemployed in Croydon. She is also a Commissioner for The Equality & Human Rights Commission and a volunteer with The Samaritans for over 32 years.

We understand that there is more to life than work and so do what we can to understand the lives of our people beyond their working day in order that we can assist and encourage them to get that balance right.