The GTMC is a not for profit Membership organisation. Established in 1967 it is a company limited by guarantee with no share capital.
The GTMC is governed by its Executive Council, a board of twelve individual TMCs comprising a broad representation of our Membership. The current Members of the Council are:
Paul Andrew Wait
Chief Executive Officer
Paul Wait joined the GTMC as Chief Executive Officer on 1 January 2013.
Paul is well known in the business travel arena having spent the past thirteen years with Virgin Atlantic Airways as GM UK, global and multinational sales. He had previously built a twenty-seven year career in the industry with American Express, rising to the position of VP sales.
Paul is a frequent commentator to media and opinion formers, including parliamentarians, on the role of business travel and is a regular speaker at global conferences and event.
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Paul has spent the last forty years working in his family owned Group of Companies, variously being involved in such diverse activities as Publishing, Printing, Property, Motor Dealerships, Organic fertilizers, Hotels, and Regalia Manufacture! However, his true love has always been in the Company’s Travel business, which is where he started work in 1976.
In 1987 he was elected to the Board of the GTMC (Guild of Business Travel Agents as was…), and he’s been there ever since. He previously chaired the Organisation in 1993/4 and 2006/7, but when not acting as overall Chairman, Paul has always chaired one of the GTMC’s Strategy Groups, principally Surface Transport or Air. Now there’s commitment for you…!
Graham has held various senior management positions throughout Europe, the Far East and South Africa. The early part of his career was in publishing, most notably as Chief Executive of Link House. He went on to run a fully listed PLC, then taking his travel interest to form the ATPI Group, establishing the company as one of the fastest growing brands in corporate travel and a major international player. With over 100 offices worldwide, ATPI has successful operations in corporate travel, shipping and energy travel, global event and sports management and online travel technology.
Graham joined the GTMC Board in 2006 and became Past Chairman in January 2017.
Mervyn has an Honours Degree in Mathematics from Kings College London and qualified as a Chartered Accountant before entering the travel industry in 1991. He joined the Phoenix Travel Group in 1995 and became a major shareholder in the agency following a management buy-out.
When Phoenix was acquired by TQ3 Travel Solutions in 2003 he was invited to join the European Board and was appointed Managing Director of the UK and EMEA in 2003.
With his business partner Jon Langley, they acquired Statesman Travel in July 2007 adding Commodore Travel to the group in October 2011 after securing the backing of the Business Growth Fund Plc for a minority stake in the enlarged group
Mervyn joined the GTMC Executive Board in January 2011 and has recently replaced Maurice Veronique as GTMC Hon Teasurer.
Please see a list of further Executive Board Members below.
Anthony Rissbrook | Hillgate Travel
Ajaya Sodha | Key Travel
Richard Boardman | Reed & Mackay Travel
Suzanna Horner | Gray Dawes Travel
Polly Smoothy | HRG Worldwide
Clive Wratten | CTI
Adam White | Baxter Hoare Travel
Mick Gibbs | Norad Travel
Trevor Elswood | Capita Travel and Events
Andrew Clarke | Egencia
Pat McDonagh | Portman Clarity Travel