ABTA has announced the appointment of Alan Wardle as Director of Public Affairs. Wardle will join the association in December, reporting to Chief Executive Mark Tanzer.

Wardle joins ABTA from leading charity, NSPCC, where he has held the role of Head of Policy and Public Affairs for the past five years. He has considerable experience of public affairs, policy, government relations and political campaigning. Previous roles include Director of Public Affairs at Stonewall, and Programme Director: Public Affairs at the Local Government Association.  Prior to that, Wardle was in the civil service where he held various policy, finance and private office roles in the Department for Work and Pensions.

Wardle will lead ABTA’s Public Affairs team as the association continues to work with Westminster and Brussels legislators to ensure that regulations impacting travellers and the travel industry are effective and efficient.

Mark Tanzer, ABTA Chief Executive, commented: “I am delighted that Alan is joining the team at ABTA. 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.”

Commenting on his appointment, 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.” 

About ABTA

ABTA has been a trusted travel brand for over 65 years. Our purpose is to help our Members to grow their businesses successfully and sustainably, and to help their customers travel with confidence.

The ABTA brand stands for support, protection and expertise. This means consumers have confidence in ABTA and a strong trust in ABTA Members. These qualities are core to us as they ensure that holidaymakers remain confident in the holiday products that they buy from our Members.

We help our Members and their customers navigate through today's changing travel landscape by raising standards in the industry; offering schemes of financial protection; providing an independent complaints resolution service should something go wrong; giving guidance on issues from sustainability to health and safety and by presenting a united voice to government to ensure the industry and the public get a fair deal.

ABTA currently has around 1,200 Members, with a combined annual UK turnover of £33.07 billion. For more details about what we do, what being an ABTA Member or Partner means, and how we help the British public travel with confidence visit www.abta.com.