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Published on Monday, October 21, 2019

Former Thomas Cook manager to spearhead Not Just Travel recruitment drive

Thomas Cook's former trade partnership manager Katrina Latimer has joined Not Just Travel to grow its homeworking network.

She has been tasked with recruiting experienced travel agents who are already working in the industry.

Until now, Not Just Travel has focused on recruiting homeworkers with no previous travel industry experience.

Latimer, who has already taken up her role, has 25 years' experience in travel, having worked at ILG, Sunworld, First Choice and TUI as well as Thomas Cook.

Not Just Travel already claims to be the second largest travel homeworking agency in the UK with 700 travel consultants having signed up with its recruitment arm The Travel Franchise.

"Up until now we've predominantly recruited and intensely trained the 'man-off-the-street' transforming them into successful travel consultants; imagine what we can do if we take experienced agents and ignite their entrepreneurial potential, making them into highly successful business owners," said Not Just Travel co-founder Paul Harrison.

"Katrina is the perfect person to spearhead this new strategic approach because she understands the industry inside out and brings with her years of experience of having worked with both agents and suppliers.

"We feel highly privileged that Katrina has come on board - we appreciate that she had several choices in the past few weeks. Being so well-respected in the industry, she comes with a huge amount of authority and credibility."

Latimer said: "I am very excited to join a company that offers such huge untapped potential. It's still young, yet it has achieved so much and I'd like to be part of that more strategic growth.

"One thing we can all learn from the Thomas Cook demise is that a job is not a guarantee of security. The landscape has changed and it's going to be in a state of flux for years to come. Increasingly, the only way to take control of your career and create the lifestyle you want is to work for yourself. "

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