Published on Friday, July 5, 2019

Matt Harding confirmed as head of Freedom Travel Group

Freedom Travel Group has confirmed Matt Harding as head of the Thomas Cook-owned agents' consoritum and at the same time it has made three new appointments and created a new position in its commercial team.

Harding was previously interim head of the Freedom Travel Group since last October while previous head of Freedom, Kelly Cookes, was on maternity leave. Cookes will take over as head of Thomas Cook commercial partnerships and sales planning when she returns to work next month.

To increase focus on marketing, Vikki Groves has joined Freedom as marketing manager from the Thomas Cook cruise team. Prior to this she was at Holland America Line Cruises for six years and before that, held a number of roles where she supported independent travel agents.

Jacqueline Brookes also joins the management team from Thomas Cook as compliance manager afer 25 years of working in the travel industry. Shalana Smyth will work alongside Brookes as assistant compliance manager providing regulatory support to members.

Nicola Pilling has been appointed into the newly-created position of assistant supplier partnerships manager. Working with commercial manager Jo Turney, Nicola previously worked in the Thomas Cook commercial team.

Harding said: "I am thrilled that we have expanded our team with these great new appointments. After being with Freedom for over two years I have a good understanding of our membership and by expanding our team in this way, we can give even more focus to delivering the best service possible for our members and homeworkers as we continue to grow our business."

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