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The Judging Panel
The judges for the ASATA Diners Club Awards are:
All the judges are dynamic leaders in their own particular areas of expertise, well respected, and willing to give of their time to select the best of the best amongst the nominees. We thank them sincerely for their participation.
The judges, who are selected for their neutral stance, are grouped to assess various categories of nominations. None of the judges assessing the submissions for either the Retail or Wholesale sector represent or are involved in the sector they are judging. It is important to note that all identifiers, such as nominee and company names, are removed from the nominations so that the judges' assessments are based entirely on the motivations supplied by the nominators.
All judges sign a non-disclosure agreement before being given any details with regards to the nomination forms and motivations for candidates for the awards. The judges' decisions will be arrived at independently and will be final. No correspondence will be entered into concerning the judges' decisions.
A profile of each of the judges follows...
Partner - Hogan Lovells
Gareth is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa. Previously with Ramsay Webber, he recently moved to Hogan Lovells as a partner in their Business Rescue, Insolvency, Liquidation, Restructuring and Litigation department during December 2015.
Gareth's legal expertise is multi-faceted covering a wide range of different fields and subjects, too numerous to detail here. He has extensive litigation experience and also has experience in the regulatory environment where he has been involved in matters before a number of regulatory bodies and tribunals such as the Consumer Protection Tribunal and the Civil Aviation Authority, to name but two.
Gareth acts for the Association of Southern African Travel Agents (ASATA) and various other travel consortiums. He has extensive experience, practical knowledge and understanding of the law relating to aviation and travel. He has acted for national and international carriers, pilots and aircraft owners, flying schools and maintenance organizations, both in airframe/engine operations and avionics and instrumentation operations, and has acted both for and against aviation insurance underwriters.
Gareth has professional membership in the Law Society of the Northern Provinces and the Turnaround Management Association of Southern Africa.
PROF. BERENDIEN LUBBE
Tourism Management Div.
- University of Pretoria
Prof. Lubbe started her career as a travel consultant, eventually owning her own travel agency, before moving into academia, where she is currently Head of the Division: Tourism Management in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of Pretoria.
Prof. Lubbe is an NRF-rated researcher and her research in the tourism field focuses on the role of air transport in tourism, as well as corporate travel management, which she established as an academic discipline at the University. Her research into corporate travel management has been recognised internationally through publications in high-ranking journals such as Tourism Management and the Journal of Business Ethics. She collaborates closely with universities in Finland and the Netherlands in her research and regularly presents guest lectures on corporate travel management.
In 2006, Prof. Lubbe received a Laureate Award from the University of Pretoria for her contribution to educational innovation. In 2011, she became the first South African to join the board of the International Federation for Information Technologies in Travel and Tourism (IFITT) which is headed by leading international academics in the field of tourism.
CEO - BARSA
June Crawford is the Chief Executive Officer of BARSA (Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa). She was recalled to BARSA as CEO at the end of 2012, a position she had formerly held.
June held a number of positions at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and has extensive management experience across commercial and operational disciplines in the airline industry. She is a highly motivated business professional with over a decade's Board experience.
Corporate Governance is a key area of focus and interest for June particularly in view of the broad range of stakeholders she interacts with on BARSA's behalf. She is a long-standing member of the Institute of Directors of South Africa. She was appointed a non-Executive Director to the Board of ATNS (Air Traffic and Navigation Services SOC) by the then Minister of Transport, a position she held from 2008 to 2012. She is a Director of Aviation Co-Ordination Services (Pty) Ltd and a Board Member of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa.
Director Global Accounts
Management - Hahn Air
Candy's career in the travel industry began in Zambia over 24 years ago, and her focus has been on Sales and Marketing. Initially, working in a bank she decided this was not her career choice. In the era when travel consultants still used the ABC as the main source of information and reference, she worked in a travel agency, later joining Zambia Express and then the Southern Sun Group (Tsogo Sun). As a result of her experience she was exposed to other African Countries.
She moved to South Africa and studied at the University of Cape Town in Programme Management Development and decided to relocate. She has worked in events management and has extensive experience in particular with various airlines, having worked for Holiday Aviation. In 2009 she joined Hahn Air looking after the South African market, then in 2010 her portfolio extended to all English speaking countries as the Director Global Accounts Management, as a result she has extensive knowledge of the travel industry.
Strategic Relationships -
Immanuel Banza started his travel career in 1985 with Air Zimbabwe in the revenue accounts department auditing sales returns and prorating air fares. He moved to the commercial training department in 1994 to train fares, ticketing and interline accounting.
Immanuel joined the GDS world in 1998 as one of the first 3 staff members to launch Amadeus in Zimbabwe, alternating between the training room and the helpdesk until 2002 when he became the General Manager.
He relocated to South Africa in 2008 with his team to join the Amadeus Southern Africa office after closure of the Zimbabwe office, where he headed Sales until September 2012. He moved to Customer Services heading Training, Account Management, Customer Service Centre and IT, and currently is the Senior Manager, Strategic Relationships.
Head of Travel Insurance -
Travel Insurance Consultants
Jason Veitch is the Head of Travel Insurance at Travel Insurance Consultants (TIC), a wholly owned division of Santam Limited. TIC is a longstanding member of ASATA.
Jason joined TIC in 2004 as its General Manager and held this position until he was appointed as Managing Director in July 2009. Jason has been intimately involved in the travel industry for ten years and is well known in the industry. A key area of focus for Jason is the distribution of travel insurance products through the travel agency market and ensuring that this continues unhindered. To this end Jason is actively involved with the Financial Services Board to promote the travel agent as the most efficient distributor in the South African market.
Prior to the travel industry, Jason worked on the stock market for eight years. He was director of operations for a multifaceted financial services company. Jason's academic qualifications are a BCompt from UNISA and a MBA from Bond University of Australia. Jason currently serves on the ASATA Region 2 (Gauteng) Committee.
Lloyd Orr Communications
Although born in Edinburgh, Wendie spent her formative years in the South of Spain establishing her love for the travel industry, working part time as a tour guide in her home town of Fuengirola. Newly married, she moved to South Africa and immediately started as a junior consultant at Summertime Tours in Johannesburg.
Wendie worked for a few wholesalers, inbound and outbound before joining Holiday Holdings where her first responsibility was the Holiday SA programme. She spent nearly 20 years in the Holiday Holdings stable in various divisions gaining experience in wholesaling, destinations, airline, hotel and luxury product GSAs. In 2000 she was promoted to MD of Holiday Tours. She was instrumental in setting up World Leisure Holidays.
After leaving the Holiday Holdings family in 2006 Wendie took a course in isiZulu, completed a comprehensive NLP Executive Coaching Diploma, and qualified with the IEB as trainer, moderator and assessor. Wendie is now the majority shareholder in Lloyd Orr Communications which specialises in the promotions, communications and PR for travel and tourism companies.
Managing Editor -
Travel Industry Review
Sarah Cornwell is the Managing Editor of Travel Industry Review (TIR) Southern Africa magazine and its weekly newsletter, TIR 360° e-news, established travel trade publications.
Sarah reports on all aspects of the global travel industry but especially on demands, challenges and developments affecting the wholesale and retail trade in Southern Africa. She specialises in magazine production and managed several South African B2B magazines and websites before joining the team at TIR in April 2010.
Sarah began her career in journalism after graduating with distinction from Cape Town's City Varsity School of Media and Creative Arts in 2006.
Sarah lives in Cape Town, where she indulges in her passion for horse riding and the outdoors together with her husband, Marc.
Founder, ABTA -
(African Business Travel Association)
Monique Swart began her career in the Travel Industry when she was part of the team that launched the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) into the South African marketplace in June 1999. Subsequent to the success of this launch, Monique was charged with opening an ACTE office and managing the Association’s operations in South Africa. Over the next 11 years, Monique was instrumental in the strategic expansion of the Association across the region and was responsible for every aspect of daily operations. In 2006, she led the Association's expansion into Nigeria and thereafter into the Middle East.
In December 2010, Monique left ACTE to launch the African Business Travel Association (ABTA) in order to provide a platform for the advancement of not only the South African Travel Industry, but of the African Travel Industry as a whole. Monique believes that by embracing the wonderful and vibrant diversity of the African Continentand always staying focused on the most important aspect of business travel - its people - ABTA will become a leading travel association on a global scale.
Director, Operations -
Marcelle started her career in the creative world of Interior Design, but soon realised the 'Tech bug' had bitten her. She co-founded Faxit Tender Bulletin, an e-Procurement solution, which was later sold to Johnnic Communications and rebranded as TradeWorld. As the National Sales and Marketing Director - TradeWorld, Marcelle grew the Leads & Tender business into Africa’s largest e-marketplace.
After a short stint in the world of coloured gemstones, where Marcelle was responsible for the rebranding of The Tanzanite Foundation to position as a luxury brand, she took over as MD of Mabili Executive Search, which was awarded PMR Africa Diamond Arrow Award in 2010.
As Chief Sales Officer at TravelLinck, Marcelle was jointly responsible for the commercialization of their online corporate travel management platform. Over the past 7 years she has been involved with various aspects of TravelLinck's management and development. Marcelle is currently the Director, Operations for GBTA SA (Global Business Travel Association) managing events, as well as sponsor and member engagement, and communications and brand development in Southern Africa.
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