//Focus reveals new chairman

Focus reveals new chairman

Business travel consortium announces changes since become private company

Focus Travel Partnership has appointed Adrian Parkes as its new chairman and announced that it has joined the Business Travel Association (BTA).

Parkes, the former chief executive of the BTA, has also held senior roles at bmi, Etihad and Portman. He joins shortly after Focus became a private company on its own right, although it will still remain part of the Advantage family.

Focus currently has 60 members with a combined turnover of £1 billion.

Parkes said: “I am delighted to be taking up this new role at Focus Travel Partnership and I am very much looking forward to supporting them and their members into the next phase of growth.

“I have first-hand knowledge of the considerable strength and reputation of Focus and have known them from their first beginnings in 1999 when as British Midland we were one of the first airlines to support Focus.  They have an impressive reputation for driving new technology in the sector and they are an organisation that is resource light, flexible and forward thinking. The relationships it has built with suppliers delivers extremely well for both parties and with strong representation across the UK, they have become an important voice on industry-wide issues.”

Abby Penston, managing director of Focus, said: “I am tremendously excited to be working with Adrian, as I know he will support partners in growing their profitability and effectively expand our partnership base. Adrian joins our already phenomenal in-house team, and together with the extensive talent of our members, we plan to create and maintain a formidable brand, recognised in and out of the Business Travel community.”

Penston also announced that Travelport was now a Preferred Partner

Sam Ballard is a director and co-founder of Waterfront Publishing, creator of ABTA Magazine, Cruise Adviser, Solus and more.