Dobson is new president
Munro takes ‘difficult decision’ to step down at Barrhead Travel
Sharon Munro and Jacqueline Dobson, colleagues for 18 years
Sharon Munro is stepping down as president of Barrhead Travel and will be succeeded by long-time colleague Jacqueline Dobson from the new year, it was announced today.
Ms Munro, who has worked in the business for 28 years, said she was leaving for “purely personal reasons” stating that it had been “a very difficult decision for me”.
She thanked the company’s owner Travel Leaders Group for its support and said the benefits of scale and expertise meant the business “is in great shape”.
She said Ms Dobson, with whom she has worked alongside for 18 years, was her natural successor.
Ms Munro began her career as a school-leaver and rose through the ranks, becoming president following the acquisition by Travel Leaders Group in February.
She added: “This has been a very difficult decision for me. But for purely personal reasons I have decided that the time is right to leave and I am handing over the reins to my extremely capable friend and colleague Jacqueline Dobson.
“Jacqueline is the natural successor and I know that the company, staff and customers will be in safe hands with the continuity, dedication and passion that she brings to the business.”
Ms. Dobson said: “Following Sharon’s decision to leave the business, I am delighted to be asked to serve as president of Barrhead Travel on our continued path to growth and future success. I have worked alongside Sharon for 18 years – she is a friend as well as a colleague from whom I have learned a great deal.”
She said that, having worked in every area of the business, her focus will be on accelerating growth through investment from Travel Leaders Group, including digital innovation, staff development and world-class customer service.
“Travel Leaders Group are providing the resources and commercial scale to help us further improve our position in the ever-changing UK travel and tourism marketplace.
“It is an exciting time to be taking over the helm. There is a sense of energy and momentum as we work on major investment plans to drive growth.”
Ninan Chacko, CEO of Travel Leaders Group, said: “We wish to extend tremendous thanks and appreciation to Sharon for her leadership, vision and dedication to Barrhead Travel.
“She has been a true partner and outstanding professional. We respect her decision to embark upon a new chapter and wish her the very best.
Mr Chacko added: “We are delighted to have Jacqueline take over as the new president of Barrhead Travel. Her deep knowledge of the company, extensive experience, strong relationships and well-established leadership skills, make her a tremendous fit for the role.
“Jacqueline is very well positioned to ensure a smooth and seamless leadership transition and we congratulate her on this well-deserved promotion.”
Barrhead Travel was founded in 1975, Barrhead Travel and has expanded from a traditional ‘bucket and spade’ travel agent to a multi-faceted travel group chartering its own flights, offering bespoke holidays, running an in-house training facility, employing specialist consultants providing expert advice in areas such as long haul, cruise and ski holidays and promoting youth employment through its apprenticeship scheme.
It has more than 70 outlets in the UK and employs 1,000 staff.