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Another star added to the Christmas Lunch line-up!


What a day at AWTE, not only have we been able to confirm the very marvelous Jim Carter to speak to us about our chosen charity, Richard House Children’s Hospice but we are now simply delighted to announce that his wife, Imelda Staunton will also be joining him to help us to raise funds for this worthy cause.

The winner of 4 Olivier Awards, the most recent for her role as Mama Rose in Gypsy, you will recognise her from her vast body of work across stage, television and film.  She is well known for her role in Vera Drake which won her several award nominations and for which she picked up a BAFTA but perhaps many of you will recognise her as the formidable Professor Umbridge in the Harry Potter films.

We are delighted they will be representing Richard House at the AWTE Christmas Lunch and helping us to raise money for this, the first ever hospice for children in London.

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Claire Osborne
Published by Claire Osborne
Claire has held various roles within the Travel Industry across a wide variety of disciplines over more than 20 years. At the start of her career, she held various Account Management positions before progressing to be Head of Agency Sales at STA Travel. During this time she led a team of 9 and had complete responsibility for the success of the division. Claire then progressed into the role of Commercial and Marketing Manager for Resorthoppa, help take the company from a small start-up to an organisation employing over 100 people just prior to its sale to the LowCost Group. During her time here she led various initiatives including creating legal and finance processes, designing marketing campaigns, setting up business support functions and developing relationships with Travel Agency partners. Before joining Travelport, she held the role of Business Expert at TUI helping them shape and define changes to their internal systems and consumer technology solutions. This enabled Claire to learn a great deal about technology, project management and business analysis which has been invaluable in her current role. Initially joining Travelport as Product Support Manager, UK & Ireland, in 2011 she was promoted just over 12 months later to Director of Product Support for Europe heading up a team of 9 product professionals. In 2014, Claire was asked to join the commercial side of the organisation as Solutions Sales Director and re-define the role of the functional support team within the UK. In 2016, this role grew to encompass the Northern European area increasing the number of employees from 8 to the 25 we have today. In 2017, Claire was pleased to be elected to the Board of AWTE and in 2019 was delighted to be nominated as Chair.