Meet the Judges

Our distinguished panel of judges cover a wide range of expertise from marketing, education, technology, sustainability and more to enable them to review and score each competition entry

It has been a privilege to be a judge at the British Youth Travel Awards – the entries have been nothing short of outstanding, showcasing the innovation, dedication and excellence in educational travel. Congratulations to all participants!

Ella Tyler, Lead 5050

Fantastic applications! I am very pleased to see innovative and creative thinking from all applicants, very well done

Fran Shollo, University of Chester

A very impressive portfolio of entrants covering the entire spectrum of the youth and educational travel industry. Special credit to those companies who involved quantitative data in their submissions to demonstrate their high levels of customer service. High standards of safety and sustainability are now expected as standard – you need to be doing something very special to stand out and it was inspiring to see such high levels of resilience and innovation as our industry recovers post covid

Joe Lynch, Joe Lynch Consulting

Best Customer Service was a tough category as all the diverse applicants are doing such great work! I loved reading about the work and the reviews from happy customers. Very well done to all the applicants!

Lethabo‑Thabo Royds, World Travel & Tourism Council

Every year the standard of entries gets higher and this year is no exception. As a judge, I enjoyed reviewing the entries for various categories and derived great satisfaction from knowing that the educational travel sector is offering great travel experiences

Paul Richer, Genesys Digital Transormation

After the desperate and disheartening Covid years, I was amazed at how quickly passion, creativity and innovation have returned to the industry. The quality and number of entrants was evidence, if we needed it, that BETA members and their talented staff teams are back and eager to be recognised at the forthcoming British Youth Travel Awards! See you there!

David Walker, Educational & Activity Holiday Expert

There are a lot of people working hard to make the world of Educational Travel in the UK the best sector it can be. I am particularly struck by how much genuine care there is for customer experience and connecting communities – it’s right there, in every entry I’ve read. What an honour to be asked to judge these highly competitive awards. Thank you!

Mags Rivett, The Family Holiday Charity

Amazed by the fantastic innovations to reach new markets and customers. Excellent reflection of the sector itself  

Mark Henebury, Department for Business & Trade