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awards

meet the winner

Jodie Edwards-Locke The Appointment Group’s Jodie Edwards-Locke received the Rising Star accolade at the The Business Travel People Awards 2017 You received the Rising Star award in 2017. How did that feel? It felt absolutely amazing. I was completely shocked and totally honoured to have been chosen, even just as a finalist. The winners trip to Abu Dhabi was incredible and I got to meet some wonderful people. I wasn’t sure what would happen to my career after returning from maternity leave, but I’ve continued to take on new challenges and roles since returning and the Rising Star award was incredibly special to me and made me realise I’d done well and that my career in travel wasn’t yet over! Tell us about your new role at The Appointment Group? My role now as Managing Director of The Appointment Group (TAG) in London is really varied and has daily challenges. I work alongside great people from our various trading divisions as well as all of our support services, so I get to have a broad overview of how all areas are performing. I’m integral to changes that we’re looking at making in order to keep the business continually evolving.

have been given so many amazing opportunities at TAG.

What do you think of The Business Travel People Awards in general? I think they’re an excellent way to recognise your star performers in a business and retain them. It can boost morale and is great PR not only for the individual but also for The Business the business in return. It Travel People Awards doesn’t cost anything recognise outstanding except a little of your individuals and teams across all aspects of the supplier element time in writing the of corporate travel management nomination, which is whose professionalism and worth every penny.

Your rise through the business has been rapid – what do you attribute it to? Working really hard and always asking for business excellence make them more challenges and stand out from their industry responsibility, being a And as the Rising Star peers. The 2018 awards are team player and winner you’re now on open for nominations grasping opportunities this year’s judging panel until March 6 with both hands – even if – are you looking forward they’re daunting. It’s also down to that? to working with great people in the I’m really excited to be involved in the business, recognising fresh talent and judging this year. I can’t wait to read the wanting to retain them by keeping them nominations and then see the happy faces motivated. I’ve been extremely lucky to of the finalists and winners at the ceremony 26

I would strongly encourage as many people as possible to get involved and nominate themselves or colleagues” in May. I would urge as many people as possible to get involved and nominate yourselves or your colleagues. What advice would you give to others entering the awards? Don’t be shy! Tell us what you’ve done to go above and beyond, what your team achieves on a daily basis that may differ from others, and what really makes you shine brightly. The more detail the better as it will give us detailed insight of the nominee and help us decide on the worthy shortlist and deserving winners. There are new categories this year – the Best Newcomer award and Champion of Champions accolade so there are even more opportunities to win.

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The multi-award-winning publication written and produced for bookers, buyers, arrangers and managers of business travel and meetings. This i...