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GTMC appoints new head

The UK’s leading business travel association has appointed a new chief executive.

The Guild of Travel Management Companies, whose members account for 80% of all business travel bookings in the UK, has appointed Anne Godfrey, a director at the Law Society, as its head.

Ms Godfrey will take up the position on 1 October and work alongside outgoing chief executive Philip Carlisle until the end of the year when he retires after 13 years in the role. 

GTMC chairman Maurice Veronique said: “Anne was the outstanding candidate from 134 applications for the position. 

“Her strong CV, past achievements working with membership organisations, her intellect and personality made it easy for the interviewing panel to make a unanimous decision that she was the right person for the job.”


Ms Godfrey moves to the GTMC from The Law Society where she held the position of director of law society services. 

Her achievements included expanding the range and quality of membership services and increasing income by 12%, membership income by 15% and sponsorship income by more than 200%.

She previously held the position of commercial director at the CBI for six years and was responsible for all CBI membership services and revenue streams. 

Her achievements included increasing revenue by 24% over three years, successfully re-launching the CBI’s flagship annual conference and increasing delegate numbers by 35%.

Anne Godfrey said: “I am delighted to be joining the GTMC at such a challenging and exciting time for the business travel industry.

“I look forward to working with the Board, members and partners to ensure that the GTMC is viewed as a modern, relevant and value for money membership body.”

She will attend the first GTMC domestic conference, which takes place in London on October 7, 2009.