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Travel Leaders hire Thomas Cook executives

Chris Mottershead, Kathryn Darbandi and Nicki Tempest-Mitchell to lead Barrhead expansion

Travel Leaders, the owner of Barrhead Travel, has hired some of Thomas Cook’s most senior executives as it looks to expand the travel agency.

Chris Mottershead, Kathryn Darbandi and Nicki Tempest-Mitchell will help grow Barrhead by up to 100 stores in the UK.

“Chris, Kathryn and Nicki have an extensive knowledge of the travel retail industry and are very well placed to identify the locations and teams necessary to create a successful retail footprint across the UK,” said Mike Batt, the chairman of Travel Leaders Group.

Jacqueline Dobson, the president of Barrhead Travel, said, “Chris and the expansion team will bring valuable insights and experience to help extend Barrhead Travel’s quality service to new communities and we look forward to the first of many new store openings under this initiative. It is gratifying to see that they reflect our group values: prizing people development, customer experience and dedication to the High Street travel agent.”

Dobson continued: “As well as taking on former Thomas Cook employees within our existing store network, we are actively recruiting in new areas across the UK. We have identified a number of locations and are currently in negotiations to secure premises. The former Thomas Cook employees are hugely talented and we are keen to work with them to reopen new state-of-the-art stores in their local communities as soon as possible.”


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