HBAA names chair, vice-chair and director

The Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA) has named a new chairman, vice chair and executive director. Current vice chair, Inntel's Sue Burgess, will step up to the role of chair six months early, following the death of chairman Tim Gasson last month. Burgess’s tenure will be extended to 18 months from the usual one-year stint and Zibrant managing director Chris Madge has been named as the new vice-chair. "It is a great honour to be the HBAA chair," Burgess said. "I wish to continue the fantastic contribution that my predecessor Tim Gasson made and look forward to achieving the many initiatives and objectives that lay ahead." Meanwhile, former chairman Peter Ducker has been named as the HBAA's new executive director, replacing Loraine Holdcroft who stepped down earlier this year. Ducker has some 30 years experience working in the hotel and agency sectors and was the founding chairman of the HBAA in 1997. He also founded agency Reshotel in 1987, which he sold on in 2005 before moving into consultancy and then establishing executive C&I recruitment service Roundpeg Resources in the same year. Ducker is also Chairman of the Hotel Carbon Index Company. Ducker will provide direction and guidance for the HBAA, working alongside the Executive Committee, and be responsible for the HBAA secretariat, based in Cheltenham. “The HBAA has established a well earned reputation within the industry for its pioneering work to promote best practice and professionalism,” Ducker said. “I am delighted to be taking up a prominent position within the organisation once again. I look forward to continuing the hard work and efforts of the HBBA committee, members and partners as we look forward to our 10th year celebration.” Vice chair Sue Burgess added: “We are delighted to have Peter taking up the position of Executive Director. He was instrumental in the association from the outset and it is highly fitting that he will be able to lead us into the next decade.”

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