Jeannette is an experienced and very highly regarded senior executive, property investor and board advisor with over 27 years’ global professional experience across travel, leisure, hospitality and property sectors.
Prior to her senior engagements with organisations such as TUI, Thomas Cook, First Choice and Saga, where she was CEO of the Travel Division, Jeannette graduated from University with a 1st class BA Hons degree in Economics & Management Studies, before starting her career in UK Government, as an Economist.
Jeannette now has a portfolio of businesses, covering property investing, board advisory and business mentoring. The breadth of her experience in running large and small businesses, mergers & acquisitions, international expansion, strategic development and investing, along with her ‘down to earth’ approach, makes for a unique combination.
Highly energetic and a truly passionate champion for diversity, Jeannette enables individuals and organisations to achieve their full potential.
With an impressive track record in building and optimising high performing, culturally-diverse teams, underpinned by inspirational leadership and vision, Jeannette is a passionate advocate for diversity across all organisational levels. Truly diverse teams and gender-balanced executive boards provide superior customer experiences, more fulfilling career opportunities and optimised financial results for shareholders.
Working with individuals and businesses to develop, shape and drive forward an effective gender diversity strategy, Jeannette brings an impartial perspective to any situation, which, combined with practical action based solutions, delivers tangible results.
As a mentor, Jeannette has supported and empowered many colleagues, direct reports and clients to unlock, explore and achieve their full potential. Indeed, as a direct result of Jeannette’s interventions, many of her ‘mentees’ have graduated on to executive board-level positions and businesses met targets.
Alongside her direct engagements, Jeannette is also an active Mentor for the Odgers & Berndtson / UK Hospitality mentoring programme, where she has very effectively supported & coached individuals throughout the travel, leisure and hospitality sector. In addition Jeannette is a member of the Travel Advisory Board of the Founders Factory, bringing together corporate ‘big’ business with entrepreneurial start-ups.
Jeannette is also a judge for Everywoman in Travel, which celebrates and raises the profile of high achieving women across the sector.
Jeannette’s broader contribution to her industry has been formally and publicly recognised. Not only has she has been inducted into the Travel industry ‘Hall of Fame’, she also won the Omega prize for ‘Businesswoman Of The Year’ and was subsequently acknowledged as ‘One Of The Most Influential Women in Travel’ by the Association of Women Travel Executives.