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Our Leadership Team

Our approach towards our people means that our business is full of leaders, but the people who are ultimately responsible the delivery of our results, whether that be financial results, people results, customer or supplier results are listed below.

To contact any of our Leadership Team please call or email the People & Administrative Services 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

Managing Director, Albatross Travel

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.

Euan Landsborough

Euan Landsborough

Managing Director, Albatross Tours (Australia)

Following a very enjoyable holiday in Australia in the mid-1990’s during which Manfred & Sally Thelen decided that they would like to start a business there, they entered into a partnership with Euan Landsborough to start Albatross Australia. Up until then, Euan had been running his own small niche tour operation to Europe. Euan is a co-owner of Albatross Australia and his ongoing passion for Europe continues to lie at the heart of our success today.

Tony Flanagan

Tony Flanagan

General Manager, Success Tours

Having worked in the group travel organiser market for many years, Tony has built many long lasting relationships with key organisers within the industry. Tony joined the Albatross group 10 years ago as National Sales Manager for Success Tours. He was promoted in 2013 to positon of General Manager taking over full responsibility for the long-term development of the brand. In 2016 Tony spent a year in the role of Director of Sales taking responsibility for all of the Group’s business to business brands, including Albatross travel, returning to Success Tours in 2017 to resume the helm. Tony has a passion for most sports and is also a keen runner. He spends much of his weekends running a local youth football team helping many young children nurture their talent.

Jim Bridge

Jim Bridge

Head of IT

Jim joined the Albatross Group in 2018 as Head of IT after working with SME’s over the past seven years in interim CTO, CIO and CEO roles, helping them define and execute their business and technology strategies to meet their company objectives. Prior to that Jim worked in senior and Board roles for leading national and international companies in media and communications industries, with responsibility for digital transformation, legacy system modernisation, application and infrastructure consolidation and project office leadership. He has led several international software companies in the development of new products and built high calibre teams to accelerate delivery to market. Having started his career in business Jim has always focussed on ensuring that technology, and technology teams, are aligned with the goals of the business to drive revenue and profit.

Heather Geraghty

Heather Geraghty

Head of Finance

Heather originally joined Albatross in 2000 as an Admin Assistant after taking a break from her career to bring up her family. Prior to this Heather had worked in Accounts departments for both manufacturing and service industries. Over time at Albatross Heather made the move into the Accounts department, she has since passed her AAT qualification and is now in her final stages of CIMA.  Heather has gained her knowledge by working across all aspects for the accounts roles, which has put her in a good position to be able to now head up the Accounts team at Albatross.