Who is on the Atta Board?



Chief Executive: Nigel Vere Nicoll F.R.G.S

Company: Atta

CEO from: 2000 Board member since 1996

Phone: +44 (0)20 7937 4408


Nigel Vere Nicoll appointed to the Board 1994. Atta Director & Company Secretary 1997.

Chief Executive from 2000, Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society (1972)

As a former MD of Abercrombie & Kent's Hotel & Lodge Division in Kenya, CEO of Wild Africa Safaris UK, Head of Marketing Mount Charlotte Thistle Hotels UK, MD of Universal Travel and On Safari, and proprietor of two hotels in Scotland he has extensive experience in hotel management, tour operating & marketing in UK and Africa. Nigel sits on the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Consular Stakeholder Panel and the Travel Advice Review Group (TARG) and is a member of the United Nations WTO Tourism Emergency Response network (TERN) working on crisis management in the tourism sector and is tourism advisor to the Brenthurst Foundation, and formerly International Tourism advisor to the President of Malawi from 2011-2014.


Chairman: Ross Kennedy

Company: Africa Albida Tourism

Chairman from: 2015

Director: 2010 - 2015

Phone ZW: +263 4 885200
Phone SA: +27 82 4145559



Zimbabwe born and educated, holding a hospitality degree attained in UKin 1976, Ross is now CEO of Zimbabwe based tourism group, Africa Albida Tourism. A privately owned company, of which Ross is a founder shareholder the group has expanded operations beyond it’s Victoria Falls base, with flagship Victoria Falls Safari Lodge, The Boma Restaurant and Lokuthula Lodges, to includea property in Chobe, Botswana – Ngoma Safari Lodge. In addition, the Victoria Falls Safari Club (20 Premium Club Rooms) will open in August 2012. Ross is heavily involved in industry affairs in Zimbabwe, and is a founder memberof Destination Marketing campaign -  Gotovictoriafalls.comand a founder member/Trustee of Victoria Falls Anti Poaching unit.


Vice Chair: Anita Powell

Company: Small World Marketing

Vice chair from: 2015

Chairman: 2011 - 2015

Phone: +44 (0) 845 634 1460


Appointed to the Board in October 2006 Anita is the Director of Small World Marketing, a representation company established in January 2006. Anita has worked 'on the ground' running luxury tented camps and lodges in Kenya; worked for Travel Africa magazine and spent 2 years as the UK sales and marketing manager for the Kenya Tourist Board before she set up Small World Marketing.


European Director: Ico Inanc

Company: II Viaggio

Director from: 2011

Phone: +39 (0)266 982 915

Educated between Italy, Switzerland, Australia and the UK Ico has a multiethnic background, is fluent in several languages, is an avid reader and craves for anything related to Southern Africa from politics to literature; since an early age only spoke of Africa driving people around him insane. He first read African Politics and Gender Studies  (Ba) at Richmond College London, then Development Studies and Vietnamese(Ba) at prestigious SOAS, eventually earned a MSC in Tourism Planning and Development at University of Surrey; whilst studying sustained himself through working for a renowned art dealer in London. He has two passions: Byzantine history and Africa, his choice was between becoming an academic or travelling, Ico chose the latter.  

European Director: Honour Schram de Jong

Company: Honour Way

Director from: 2013

Phone: +44 (0) 844 800 4661

Honour set up HonourWay in 2007, offering a personalised marketing service for unique places across Africa. With a background in sales and marketing in various industries, Honour decided to change direction and gained an MSc in International Hotel & Tourism Management, upon completion, she moved to Tongabezi, Zambia, and travelled extensively both within Africa and key source markets.

With an intimate knowledge of working in Africa and a European marketing background, Honour’s return culminated in HonourWay. Her relationship with all sides of the trade, enthusiasm and innovative approach has allowed her company to flourish.

Social Media Director: Damian Cook

Company: E-Tourism Frontiers

Director from: 2013

Phone:  +254 733 826 712


Damian Cook is the Founder and CEO of E-Tourism Frontiers, a major initiative to develop online tourism and social media in emerging markets. He worked in the tourism and online sectors for 12 years including consulting with the Kenya Tourist Board and other destinations before creating a new organization to train and resource developing markets and facilitate new business for online sellers. E-Tourism Frontiers has since worked with DMOs, regional authorities and private associations in destinations including South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Mozambique, Jordan, Qatar, Palestine, Greece and many others.

E-Tourism Frontiers holds regular seminars, training events and conferences including an annual summit in Cape Town in partnership with South African Tourism which is the largest event of its kind on the continent.

Damian is a regular speaker and contributor at international tourism forums. He has offices in Kenya and Jordan and lives in Watamu on the Kenyan Coast.


Media Director: Graham Boynton

Company: Graham Boynton Associates

Director from: 2013

Phone: +44 (0) 7831 1542 97


Well known throughout the tourism industry as a hard hitting investigative journalist, Graham’s extensive knowledge of the workings of the media and worldwide tourism, coupled with a lifelong dedication to Africa, introduces an un-paralleled depth of experience to Atta.

Graham was raised in the former Rhodesia, where he began a career in journalism as a political reporter. In the mid-eighties he was appointed editor of Business Traveler magazine. He then moved to New York where he worked as a senior editor at Condé Nast Travelerunder Sir Harold Evans and as a contracted writer for Vanity Fair. After 10 years in New York he returned to the UK to become travel editor of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph. He was later appointed Group Travel Editor of the Telegraph Media Group, during which time he launched the luxury magazine Ultratravel. He published Last Days in Cloud Cuckooland about the end of white rule in South Africa which named as one of the Washington Post's Best Non Fiction Books of 1998. His appointment to the prestigious position of Group Travel Editor at the Telegraph Media Group from 1998 to December 2011 firmly established him as one of the leading journalists in the tourism industry.


Industry Relations Director: Fiona Jeffery O.B.E

Company:Just a Drop

Director from: 2014

Phone: +44 7818 450086; +44 20 8944 1660


Born in Scotland and a graduate of Edinburgh University Fiona Jeffery has had a long and accomplished career working in the travel industry. After joining Reed Exhibitions in 1986, Fiona quickly climbed through the ranks to become Exhibition Director for World Travel Market in 1994 & also British Travel Trade Fair in 1996, Managing Director and ultimately Chairman of WTM until 2013. In 1997 she launched a responsible tourism drive across the industry globally and in 2007 she launched World Responsible Tourism Day at WTM in partnership with the UNWTO which is now the largest responsible tourism gathering across the world. In 1998 Fiona also founded the international water aid charity Just a Drop of which she is Chair. Its aim is to encourage the travel and tourism industry and businesses generally to give back to communities across the world with the provision of clean water and sanitation. She sits on UNWTO Global Ethics Committee. In 2012 she was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty the Queen for services to travel and tourism and the Hall of Fame Award for her contribution to the Environment and in 2013 she was awarded TTG Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award. Fiona says her best job is being Mum to Cameron and Lauren.


South African Director: André Laget

Company: Akilanga DMC

Director from: 2014

Phone: +27 82 657 2224


André Laget, Managing Director at Akilanga DMC, is a true son of Africa. André was born in the East African Golden Horn and raised between Africa, Yemen and Swiss boarding schools. Andréhas a multilingual background, with a French father and Italian mother. He grew up following the footsteps of great continental explorers, Arthur Rimbaud and Henry de Monfreid. In 2000 he moved back to Africa, but soon his explorer upbringing brought him in search of new horizons and he crossed the South Atlantic towards Brazil. Few people back then foresaw the business opportunities of a young and vibrant new economy. André locally is now known as "André o Rei da Africa do Sul". Besides being a dedicated husband, father of three and businessman, André loves flying and photography.



East African & Aviation Director & Chair Elect (May 2017)

Julian Edmunds

Company: Coastal Aviation

Director from: 2015

Phone:  +255 222 602 430

With family living in Harare, I have always wanted to be involved with Africa. I started in the Travel industry in 1989 as a Safari Tour Operator, before I moved back to Zimbabwe to establish Bush Telegraph, a marketing and consultancy company specialising in marketing safari camps and lodges to tour operators throughout the world.

The down turn in tourism in Zimbabwe in 1999 allowed me the time to undertake my Private Pilots License, during this time I also consulted for a short-lived start-up tourism airline for Zimbabwe and Mozambique. However the flying bug was firm and I undertook my Commercial Pilots License in 2001 at the ripe old age of 36! I have flown throughout Africa on contracts or ferry flights for DHL, Solenta Aviation and Federal Air; the latter two I have remained in partnership with, when starting TFC in 2007. We provide high quality scheduled, charter and contract aviation services in Tanzania and throughout East Africa. Although, largely desk bound, these days, I still actively fly, when I can and I use my tour operating experience to help us develop our products.