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.

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.