Cook's Green heads list of new members of Women 1st club

Cook's Green heads list of new members of Women 1st club

Thomas Cook chief executive Harriet Green is one of five senior travel industry women to have been inducted into Women 1st’s Top 100 Club for 2013.

Green joins Travelodge chief financial officer Jo Boydell; Visit Kent chief executive Sandra Matthews-Marsh; Youth Hostel Association chief executive Caroline White and Legoland Windsor divisional director Sue Kemp.

In total 23 female business leaders have joined the list of the most influential women in the travel, tourism, hospitality and passenger transport industries. The club aims to honour women at the pinnacle of their careers who can act as role models to future generations of leaders.

 The Top 100 Club newcomers were announced last night at the 2013 Shine Awards, hosted by ex-rugby union star and TV presenter Matt Dawson. The awards, to recognise excellence in the sector, are run by Women 1st, a thought leadership, training and mentoring programme in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry, set up by sector skills council People 1st.

Shine Award winners include Celtic Quest Coasteering managing director Cleopatra Browne, who won the outstanding entrepreneur award; Farm Stay UK, which scooped the small business award; and Debrah Dhugga, general manager of five-star hotel Duke St James London, who won the mentor of the year award.

Simon Roche, director of Women 1st, said: “The calilbre of our winners and the new inductees into the Top 100 Club suggests the future success of the industry is in safe hands. We hope they will encourage and motivate both women and men to pursue their career aspirations within our industry with tenacity and enthusiasm.”

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