Abta names Alan Wardle as new public affairs director

Abta names Alan Wardle as new public affairs director

Abta has recruited a new public affairs director from childrens’ charity, the NSPCC.

Alan Wardle joins the association in December, replacing Stephen D’Alfonso who left in July to join Thomas Cook as group head of public affairs.

Wardle, head of policy and public affairs for five years at the NSPCC, previously held similar roles at Stonewall and the Local Government Association.

Wardle will lead Abta’s public affairs team as the association continues to work with Westminster and Brussels legislators.

Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer said: “The work of our public affairs team in building and maintaining strong ties with government and other political opinion formers is essential for our members and our industry, and Alan’s experience in this area will be a welcome addition.

“In the wake of the recent Brexit referendum, this is especially important and we look forward to working with Alan to ensure that the travel agenda is at the heart of future negotiations.”

Wardle said: “I am excited to be joining the team at Abta at such an interesting and challenging time for the travel industry. I am looking forward to ensuring ABTA’s voice and its members’ concerns are heard as part of the upcoming Brexit negotiations.”


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