Staff at Kuoni have started a book of memories about purchasing manager Linda Pedler, who died suddenly while on a business trip in the Maldives last week.

She had built her career with Kuoni, joining 30 years ago as a graduate trainee.

Over recent years, she was a central part of Kuoni’s purchasing team, and the operator said she looked after looking after some of the company’s most important commercial partnerships in Sri Lanka and the Maldives with “skill and professionalism”.

Wendy Kenneally, commercial and operations director, said: “Linda touched the lives of many people in (head office) Dorking and overseas during her time with us and will be greatly missed.

“Linda had a particular love for the Maldives and Sri Lanka and had built many personal friendships through her work in the UK and overseas over the years.

“Our thoughts are with Linda’s family and we will continue to stay in touch and support them in the coming weeks.”

Kuoni is inviting anyone who knew her to contribute stories, messages and photographs to the book of memories at its Dorking head office, as a way to pay tribute to Linda.