Who is on the Atta Board ?

 

 

Chief Executive: Nigel Vere Nicoll FRGS

Company: Atta

CEO from: 2000 Board member since 1996

Email: info@atta.travel

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: Anita Powell

Company: Small World Marketing

Chairman from: 2011

Emailanita@smallworldmarketing.co.uk

Phone: +44 (0) 845 634 1460

 

 

Chairman 2011/12. 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.

 

Southern Africa Director: Ross Kennedy

Company: Africa Albida Tourism

Director from: 2010

Email: ross@africaalbida.co.zw

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.

 

UK Director (Representation): Tim Henshall

Company: Kamili

Director from: 2011

Email: tim@kamilisafaris.com

Phone: +44 (0)115 937 7475
Mobile: +44 (0)7810 508791

 

Tim runs Kamili, a UK-based marketing agency launched in 2006. Kamili markets a wide portfolio of independent lodges, camps and safari operators across Africa. It is the first agency to focus on the upper mid-market, specialising in partners that offer “five-star experiences, four-star prices”. Tim, who describes himself as a “serial safari-er”, is a lifelong marketer, with over 25 years experience in the industry. He has held senior posts at a number of international brands in various categories including clothing, sports goods, toys & games and retailing, as well as leading roles within marketing and advertising agencies. His history with the safari industry, is as a paying customer for over 15 years, before starting Kamili. Tim is also a keen wildlife snapper (not quite photographer).

 

 

Southern Africa Director: Ingram Casey

Company: To Escape To

Director from: 2011

Email: ingramc@toescapeto.com

Phone UK: +44 20 7060 6747
Phone SA: +27 21 791 0333
 

Ingram Casey Founder in 2003 of To Escape To and Sports Escapes two tour operating brands at the forefront of innovative travel to Africa. Following his love for Africa he left London on a 2 month ‘site inspection’ across Africa finally arriving in Cape Town never to leave again. Graduating from Nottingham University in 1992 Ingram has been in travel ever since including working for villa specialists Simply Travel in sales and marketing before becoming TUI’s ‘Specialist Holiday Groups’ Business Development and Commercial Manager. Switching his attention from Europe to Africa Ingram spent 3 years at Tropical Places and Thomson Worldwide as their Africa and Indian Ocean Product Manager. A proud supporter of Uthando and other African based charities Ingram is always looking for like minding individuals to join him on his fun!(d) raising activities be it cycling the Cape Argus dressed as a banana or running in the Lesotho Mountains.

 

East African Director: Dr Mohanjeet Brar Ph.D

Company: Gamewatchers Safaris & Porini Safari Camps

Director from: 2011

Email: Mohanjeet@gamewatchers.co.ke

Phone: +254 (0) 20712 3129

 
Mohanjeet is a 4th generation Kenyan who is a keen naturalist and conservationist. Having lived and grown up in the rich forests of the Kenyan highlands, he has a close-tie to wildlife and the local people. He has a Doctorate degree in Plant Science from the US and currently also serves on the Board of Ecotourism Kenya, Board of St Lazarus School in the Kibera Slum and on the Kenya Association of Tour Operators Marketing Advisory Committee. He is the Commercial Director and a shareholder of Gamewatchers Safaris and Porini Safari Camps. These 4 award-winning Camps are pioneers of sustainable community-owned conservancies and have been recognized globally for their positive contribution to conservation, the local communities and to providing guests with an authentic safari experience.  

European Director: Ico Inanc

Company: II Viaggio

Director from: 2011

Email: ico.inanc@ilviaggio.biz

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.  

East African Director: John Corse

Company: Nomad Tanzania

Director from: 2012

Email: john@nomad.co.tz

Phone: +255 784208846

 

Managing Director of Nomad Tanzania one of East Africa’s original safari companies who for the past 20 years have owned and operated a number of small safari camps in the Serengeti ecosystem and three of the remotest corners of Tanzania.

Director: Nomad Tanzania from July 2000
Chairman: Aids Business Coalition Tanzania 2004-2006
General Manager: Tanzania Tea Packers Ltd August 2001 - December 2006
John has Ba (Hons) in Economics/Agricultural Economics from Exeter University

 

UK Director (Representation): Honour Schram de Jong

Company: Honour Way

Director from: 2013

Email: honour@honourway.com

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

Email: damian@e-tourismfrontiers.com

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

Email: boyntongj@gmail.com

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

Email: fiona@fionajeffery.com

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 is happily married to Nigel and says her best job is being Mum to Cameron and Lauren.

 
 

Latin American Director: André Laget

Company: Akilanga DMC

Director from: 2014

Email: andre@akilanga.co.za

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.