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meet the winner

Colin Harvey BCD Travel’s Colin Harvey was named Account Manager of the Year at the Business Travel People Awards 2019

How did it feel to be named Account Manager of the Year at the awards? I was immensely proud and honoured. To be recognised personally by our industry on a national level feels such a huge achievement and is also a great reflection on the whole AstraZeneca and BCD Travel team. Why did you enter the awards or how did you come to be nominated? I was very humbled to learn that I was nominated by our global lead at AstraZeneca to show appreciation and recognition for my work and contribution to our partnership. It was really special to find out that they’d done this for me. My colleague Jill Burnett was also nominated by our client and it was amazing to see her win the Reservations Consultant of the Year category too!

leading-edge solutions to optimise their program and increase traveller satisfaction. There’s a real spirit of partnership and Tell us about your role and the work mutual respect across our global team – you’ve done that clinched the award. we’re constantly challenging ourselves to do I am the EMEA Regional Program better, but we have fun as well. Manager with the responsibility   of managing the What do you think of The AstraZeneca/BCD Travel Business Travel People program across 35 Awards and of the countries. Although my winners event? The Business Travel remit is regional, I This was my first time People Awards recognise collaborate on many attending these outstanding individuals global projects. I awards, and I hadn’t and teams across all aspects constantly challenge quite realised the size of the supplier element of the “business as usual” and scale of the event. corporate travel thinking, not just looking It’s such a great at the “so what” but “so showcase to recognise what do we have to do”. and acknowledge the   amazing talent that is not What do you particularly enjoy often represented. It was about your role in the industry? particularly special to share the experience I really enjoy the varied nature of my work on the day with the AstraZeneca/BCD Travel and how quickly the industry is changing. team. The opportunity to spend time with Working with a client who has a desire to the other winners on an all-expenses-paid innovate allows me to be creative and offer trip to Boston is a very generous prize. 26

The awards are such a great showcase to recognise and acknowledge the amazing talent that is not often represented” What impact do you think winning an award will have on your career? It has certainly given me more exposure both internally and externally and I am sure this has raised my profile further within BCD. Knowing that the client recognises and values your work is very rewarding. What are some of the biggest challenges you’re currently facing in your role? New technologies, changes in distribution and the amount of disruptors entering our space constantly challenge us to find new solutions. Sustainability and traveller wellbeing are also front and centre right now. Removing the complexity associated with all of the above – and exploiting the opportunities they bring – is essential.

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