Our Group Board

The people who are ultimately responsible for the long-term stewardship of the Albatross Group, its strategic direction and governance is the Board of Directors. The members of The Albatross Group Board are listed below.

To contact any of our Directors please call or email the People & Administrative Services Team team on: +44 1732 879194 or email enquiries@albatrossgroup.com.

Steve Hornby

Steve Hornby

Group Chief Executive Officer

Having completed his degree in Business Administration at the University of Bath, Steve spent the next 10 years living and working overseas working with a number of companies primarily in the travel industry living in Austria, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. In 1999 Steve joined the Company as Incoming Manager of what was then the Albatross Travel Group. In 2006 Steve moved with his family to Wiltshire to take up the role of Managing Director of group tour operator, Success Tours. Two years later Steve joined Sean Taggart in purchasing the Albatross Group from founding directors Sally and Manfred Thelen eventually taking on the role of Chief Operating Officer. In 2016 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer and in 2017, together with Chief Financial Officer, Adam Handy, completed another buyout of the Group’s shareholding. Steve plays a leading role within the group tourism industry and is currently Chairman of the British Association of Wholesale Tour Agents. He still lives with his family in Wiltshire near Bath splitting his time across the business working 2-3 days a week at the Group’s head office in Kent.

Adam Handy

Adam Handy

Group Chief Financial Officer

Following a successful career within mainstream tour operations, Adam joined Albatross as the Head of Finance in 2007 and was promoted to the Group Board in 2009. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and expanded his brief within the Group to incorporate the role of Managing Director for Door2Tour.com. Given Adam’s passion and experience in People, Leadership and Management and online technology Adam is now also responsible for the Group’s Service Departments incorporating Accounts & Finance, People & Administration and IT. Adam takes an active interest in his local community and until recently was a passionate chairman of nearby Larkfield Football Club in Kent for many years.

Emma Pennycard

Emma Pennycard

Group People Director

Emma joined Albatross from TWA Getaway, a specialist tour operator to the USA, as UK Product Manager in 2000. Emma was promoted to Head of Product in 2006 before being appointed to the Group Board in 2009 in the capacity of Purchasing & Product Development Director. In 2014 she moved into the newly created position of People Director, taking strategic responsibility for the Group’s most valuable asset, its People.

Denise Bridges

Denise Bridges

Group Director

Having worked as a long-time and trusted supplier to the Albatross Group in her role as Travel Trade Sales Director for Paramount Hotels, Denise joined Albatross in 2011 in a new role of Head of UK Sales, initially focusing on developing business from our core customer base of UK coach operators.

 

In early 2013, Denise was promoted to running wholesale in its entirety reporting to the CEO. In 2015 Denise was promoted to Managing Director of Albatross Travel, and in April 2016 took overall responsibility for all our business to business brands. Denise joined the Group Board in September 2016.

Sean Taggart

Sean Taggart

Group Non-Executive Director

Sean joined Albatross in 1995 and led the business as Managing Director / CEO until April 2016, buying the Group from its original founders in 2008 in partnership with Steve Hornby. In July 2017 he sold his majority shareholding to Steve and Adam Handy. Sean remains a valued Non-Executive Director supporting Steve, Adam and their leadership team deliver on their plans for the future. 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