Ailsa Pollard joins Abta board as John Bevan steps down

Dnata Travel Group UK and Europe chief executive Ailsa Pollard has joined the Abta board, while the group’s divisional senior vice president for travel John Bevan has stepped down.

Pollard was appointed chief executive of dnata in August 2021 and reports into Bevan, who now oversees all aspects of dnata’s global travel business. Bevan had been on Abta’s board since 2018.

Abta chairman Alistair Rowland said: “Ailsa will bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and insight as the travel sector continues its recovery from the impact of the pandemic. She will be an excellent addition to the board.

“I’d like to give my sincere thanks to John Bevan for his invaluable contribution over the past four years and wish him well as he focuses on his global role for dnata.”

Pollard said: “The Abta brand is one of the most powerful and respected in the travel industry. I’m looking forward to being a part of its extremely experienced board, supporting Abta’s members and helping to ensure that Abta continues to be a leading voice in travel and tourism.”

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