The TIME Board is supported by a committee of dedicated, passionate travel and tourism industry representatives.
Andrew is a Director (2006-present) and Immediate Past President of the Travel Agents Association of New Zealand (TAANZ) as well as a Director of the World Travel Agents Associations Alliance (2016-present), a Chartered Member of the NZ Institute of Directors and a graduate of the London Business School executive programme.
Based in Auckland, Andrew is also a working Director of NZ Travel Brokers and is a CLIA Ambassador. Prior to this, he was the Managing Director of First Travel Group for 12 years (2006-18) and has worked in the travel industry for 36 years, with vast experience and deep knowledge in every aspect, including retail, wholesale, brokers and corporate travel management.
Andrew’s keen focus is on ensuring the travel industry remains at the centre of the distribution network, and believes that this will be achieved through a unified industry and by continuing to invest in our people as a key point of difference.
With an expansive career in International Hotels, Airlines and Travel spanning more than 25 years, Gaye’s career has taken her across the globe working in senior management roles for some of the world’s most successful companies and resorts – in Australia, New York, Hawaii, the Maldives and New Zealand.
In 2013, she joined her partner Richard Froggatt in their company, “Regency Tourism Group” and together they represent an array of international hotel, travel, tourism and aviation companies in the NZ market.
Their company successes include recently winning the “2019 AmCham- DHL Express – Sales & Innovation Award – for Contribution to Tourism” – with Gaye’s other proud achievements including:
- Finalist – Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year
Recipient – Certificate of Appreciation, United States Department of Commerce (for services to USA Tourism)
Winner – Australian Hotels Association (AHA) Sales and Marketing Professional of the Year
Winner – American Airlines Sales Achievement Award
Governor – American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), New South Wales
President – Skal International Sydney – and Skal International Auckland
National Vice-President – Skal International Australia
Gaye is a Graduate of the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) and has completed the first stage of her Executive MBA degree.
Lindy has 30+ years experience in senior and executive roles within the industry in NZ and Australia covering retail, wholesale, consolidation, product procurement both air and land , product development, product database development & management. Her career started in the 80’s with the launch of Budget Travel ,one of the original “travel disruptors “ in the NZ travel industry. Budget Travel was part of the Gulliver’s Travel Group , which grew via organic growth and a range of acquisitions to be the largest vertically integrated travel company in NZ. Lindy was part of the executive management team who developed and managed the business through this phase of business transformation , culminating in the successful listing of The Gulliver’s Group on the NZX in 2005.
The Group was then purchased by Australian interests ,Lindy moved to the role of General Manager , Global Product Purchasing (wholesale) for the larger Australasian entity, The Stella Travel Group, which after 2 years acquired and merged into the Jetset Travel Group. She continued in the greatly expanded role and focused on the strategic development required to merge all the product procurement processes and systems while ensuring a strong commercial focus was maintained. The Jetset Travel Group was rebranded Helloworld Travel in 2014.
A key to Lindy’s ongoing success over 30 years was being supported by strong mentors at stages of her career but also her ability to choose the right people to work with her and with them develop strong successful teams to manage the range of functions she was responsible for during this period of constant transformation.
Lindy left Helloworld in 2016 and moved back to NZ permanently after having commuted between Sydney and Auckland for 5 years while she managed large teams in both sides of the Tasman.
Now a partner in Our World Ltd in Auckland ,a part-time role focused on the strategic development of the business. The role allows Lindy to participate in TIME(NZ) as she firmly believes that mentors can contribute in a very positive way to the ongoing development of our people, the cornerstone to the success of the NZ travel industry.
- Bachelor of Commerce – Auckland University
- Executive Management Program- Stanford University , Calif, USA
- Chairperson: OTOC- Overseas Tour Operators Council -5 years
Tony Smith joined the travel industry in 1990 as a Sales Rep for Atlantic and Pacific holidays. Before that Tony had a stint at selling Life Insurance and served 14 years in the Royal New Zealand Navy.
Tony left Atlantic and Pacific in 1974 and started his own contract repping business and built a small portfolio of products with DTN Holidays, Castaway Island – Fiji, Reef Resort – Fiji, Outrigger Reef – Fiji and also did some one off promotional work with Tourism Tasmania and Tourism New South Wales.
June 1976 saw Tony join Francis Travel Marketing as Managing Director in partnership with then owner Sue Francis and whilst he also took the Fiji product with him, Francis Travel Marketing were GSa for Holland America Line and NZ Representative for Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Tony Purchased FTM outright on 01 August 1998 and has slowly built the company up with GSA for 4 Cruise Lines and wholesaling 16 other cruise lines. Tony in the last 5 years has also purchased Aim Holidays, Fathom Asia and Orton International and these boutique wholesalers fall under the Francis Travel Marketing Group.
Tony when he is not involved in his business can be found fishing or attending sporting events.
Margaret Spiro – Program Manager NZ
Margaret or known as Marg has some 35 years plus of sales and marketing experience in the Travel Industry across Retail, Wholesale, Cruise and National Tourism Boards.
Passionate about our industry, it is such an honor and privilege to be Program Manager for TIME NZ and working with the most motivated and inspiring individuals and leaders from our industry. I can’t wait to see firsthand the impact that TIME is going to have on our future leaders.