People Awards 2020 winners revealed

By Bev Fearis, published 23/09/20

The winners of the Business Travel People Awards 2020 were revealed at a live, virtual ceremony on Friday.

The awards, now in their ninth year, recognise individuals and teams across the business travel and meetings industry for their professionalism and business excellence.

The 18 winners will now be sent their prestigious awards while certificates will go to those who were awarded Highly Commended and to all of the finalists.

Kirsty Hicks, Publisher and Commercial Head Business Travel at BMI Publishing, said: “Although we were so disappointed not to be able to present the awards in person, we look forward to getting together with all the winners when the restrictions are lifted, and I hope they were all having their own mini celebrations on Friday.

“I would like to thank all of those who tuned in to watch our live ceremony to celebrate our industry's amazing talent. We’ve had some fantastic feedback.

“I would also like to say a big thank you to our judging panel, chaired by Leigh Cowlishaw, and our sponsors – ATPI, Corporate Traveller, Egencia, FCM Travel Solutions and South Western Railway – for their support.

“Well done to all of this year’s winners – the standards were exceptionally high - and we hope those who narrowly missed out will enter again next year. We have some exciting developments planned for 2021, which will be our special tenth anniversary awards.”

The winners of the Business Travel People Awards 2020 were:

TMCs and Hotel Booking Agencies

Reservations Consultant of the year: Christie Heath Capita Travel and Events

Reservations Team of the year: FCM Medical Repatriation Team FCM Travel Solutions

Operations Manager of the year: Paul Coates ATPI

Operations Team of the year: Click Travel Operations, Team Click Travel

Account Manager of the year: Gary Dobbins Diversity Travel

Account Management Team of the year: Capita Travel and Events

Sales/Business Development Manager of the year: Zara Higgins ATPI

Sales/Business Development Team of the year: ATPI UK Sales Team ATPI

MICE

Meetings and Events Manager of the year: Katy Johnson INNTEL Ltd

Meetings & Events Team of the year: Travel Counsellors for Business

Suppliers

Sales/Business Development Manager of the year: Jessica Blackmore Dwellworks Living

Sales/Business Development Team of the year: London North Eastern Railway (LNER)

Account Manager of the year: Graeme O'Donnell TBR Global Chauffeuring

Industry

Best Newcomer: Ethan Field Blue Cube Travel

Rising Star: Peter Snowdon TAG

Covid

Company excellence in approach and actions during Covid-19: TripBAM

Individual excellence in approach and actions during Covid-19: Clive Wratten, The BTA