July 17, 2024

Focus Travel Partnership makes Board appointments

Focus Travel Partnership has appointed former United Airlines stalwart, Bob Schumacher, as Non-Executive Chair of its Board of Directors.

He assumes the role on January 1 when Adrian Parkes will retire after three years as Chair. 

James Parkhouse, former CEO of Agiito, has also been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Board. 

Schumacher has almost 30 years’ experience in senior sales and management positions in the aviation sector, latterly as Regional Director Sales for United Airlines.

Previously, he was Senior Director UK & Ireland for Continental Airlines, a position which he held from 2004, and before that Schumacher worked for UK charter airline Air 2000, (now renamed and part of the TUI Group), and before that for British Midland at the then newly-opened London City Airport.

Schumacher was also Chair of the Board of Airline Representatives, BAR-UK, for nine years from 2014.

James Parkhouse has over 25 years’ experience in business leadership and programme management in diverse industries, in both private and public sector organisations.

He spent 15 years as CEO of Agiito and also spent four years on the board of the BTA, as well as international network, GlobalStar.

Earlier this year he stepped back from Agiito, now part of Clarity, to move into business travel advisory services.

Abby Penston, CEO Focus Travel Partnership, said: “Focus is delighted to welcome Bob and James to the Board in the roles of Chair and Non-Executive Director respectively.

“They both bring extensive and enviable experience to Focus, gained during impressive careers in the industry, which will be invaluable as the Partnership moves into the next phase of its evolution in 2024. Our sincere gratitude goes to Adrian for his unwavering commitment, vision and guidance over the last three years. Through his insight and leadership we have learned the true meaning of collaboration and resilience. All of us at Focus wish him the very best for his retirement.”

Penston is also stepping down at the end of January after four years as CEO. She will be taking up a leisure travel role overseas.