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Our team

Meet our team of travel professionals.

Stewart Baird

Stewart Baird

Executive Chairman

With 25 years’ experience gained across a diverse range of businesses including Prudential PLC, Lloyds of London, Eurostar and Virgin, Stewart has built a strength in high growth and entrepreneurial environments. His background in operations and sales & marketing provides an essential skill set for an investor. He is most definitely at his best finding innovative solutions to the problems faced by fast-growing companies.

Janie Burt

Janie Burt

Group Chief Operating Officer

Janie is a highly experienced Managing Director and Customer Service specialist with over 28 years' experience in the travel industry, having previously worked with well-established companies including TUI, The Real Experience Group and Specialist Journeys. Janie joined Long Travel as Managing Director in February 2018 and has overall responsibility to develop and implement business strategies across the group to achieve our long-term objectives and business growth.

Matt Ansell

Matt Ansell

Group Finance Director

Qualifying as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young and gaining a first-class BSc in Applied Accounting, Matt has held various Corporate Finance, Private Equity and quasi FD roles, and was appointed Director of Pebble Travel in 2014 to provide hands-on support and investment to a portfolio of specialist travel brands. Matt is responsible for the Group’s financial practices, alongside overseeing acquisition & commercial opportunities to drive business growth.

Matt Marlow

Matt Marlow

Group Strategic Marketing Director

Matt is an experienced marketing leader and Digital Marketing specialist with over 20 years’ experience across a broad range of industries including travel and FMCG. Matt joined the company in April 2019 as Group Strategic Marketing Director and is responsible for the marketing strategies of all our individual travel brands, ensuring we stay in touch with our customers’ needs and respond to opportunities within the market.

Hannah Siddiqui

Hannah Siddiqui

General Manager Solos Holidays

Hannah has worked in travel industry ever since she graduated university. She joined Solos Holidays after realising she had found a company where felt she could utilize her energy and passion, and truly make a difference. In her role as General Manager, Hannah is responsible for ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of the business, managing everything from operations, product development and ensuring her team provides a first-class customer service – something which her 18 years as Operations Manager at Solos stands her in good stead to deliver.

Andy Smeed-Curd

Andy Smeed-Curd

General Manager Long Travel and Completely Croatia

For the last 26 years Andy has worked in the travel industry specialising in managing properties and estates. As General Manager, Andy has experience in all areas of operation from managing teams, operations and product development and delivering excellent customer service. Andy often travels out to Long Travel’s destinations and is always on the lookout for new properties and exciting locations to add to our growing portfolio. His favourite destination is Finland.

Andrew Williams

Andrew Williams

Non-Executive Director

Andrew has worked in the travel industry for over 35 years, 12 of which as Managing Director of Solos Holidays. He has held senior and board-level positions in major travel groups including ILG Travel, Carlson and Airtours. He also founded an online adventure operator which he eventually sold before joining Solos. Andrew has a wealth of knowledge and will support the group brands.