The Busi­ness Travel Peo­ple Awards

The Ap­point­ment Group’s Jodie Ed­wards-locke re­ceived the Ris­ing Star ac­co­lade at the The Busi­ness Travel Peo­ple Awards 2017

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You re­ceived the Ris­ing Star award in 2017. How did that feel? It felt ab­so­lutely amaz­ing. I was com­pletely shocked and to­tally hon­oured to have been cho­sen, even just as a fi­nal­ist. The win­ners trip to Abu Dhabi was in­cred­i­ble and I got to meet some won­der­ful peo­ple. I wasn’t sure what would hap­pen to my ca­reer af­ter re­turn­ing from ma­ter­nity leave, but I’ve con­tin­ued to take on new chal­lenges and roles since re­turn­ing and the Ris­ing Star award was in­cred­i­bly spe­cial to me and made me re­alise I’d done well and that my ca­reer in travel wasn’t yet over!

Tell us about your new role at The Ap­point­ment Group? My role now as Manag­ing Direc­tor of The Ap­point­ment Group (TAG) in Lon­don is re­ally var­ied and has daily chal­lenges. I work along­side great peo­ple from our var­i­ous trad­ing di­vi­sions as well as all of our sup­port ser­vices, so I get to have a broad over­view of how all ar­eas are per­form­ing. I’m in­te­gral to changes that we’re look­ing at mak­ing in or­der to keep the busi­ness con­tin­u­ally evolv­ing.

The Busi­ness Travel Peo­ple Awards recog­nise out­stand­ing in­di­vid­u­als and teams across all as­pects of the sup­plier el­e­ment of cor­po­rate travel man­age­ment whose pro­fes­sion­al­ism and busi­ness ex­cel­lence make them stand out from their in­dus­try peers. The 2018 awards are open for nom­i­na­tions un­til March 6 I would strongly en­cour­age as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to get in­volved and nom­i­nate them­selves or col­leagues”

Your rise through the busi­ness has been rapid – what do you at­tribute it to? Work­ing re­ally hard and al­ways ask­ing for more chal­lenges and re­spon­si­bil­ity, be­ing a team player and grasp­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties with both hands – even if they’re daunt­ing. It’s also down to work­ing with great peo­ple in the busi­ness, recog­nis­ing fresh tal­ent and want­ing to re­tain them by keep­ing them mo­ti­vated. I’ve been ex­tremely lucky to have been given so many amaz­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties at TAG.

What do you think of The Busi­ness Travel Peo­ple Awards in general? I think they’re an ex­cel­lent way to recog­nise your star per­form­ers in a busi­ness and re­tain them. It can boost morale and is great PR not only for the in­di­vid­ual but also for the busi­ness in re­turn. It doesn’t cost any­thing ex­cept a lit­tle of your time in writ­ing the nom­i­na­tion, which is worth ev­ery penny.

And as the Ris­ing Star win­ner you’re now on this year’s judg­ing panel – are you look­ing for­ward to that? I’m re­ally ex­cited to be in­volved in the judg­ing this year. I can’t wait to read the nom­i­na­tions and then see the happy faces of the fi­nal­ists and win­ners at the cer­e­mony in May. I would urge as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to get in­volved and nom­i­nate your­selves or your col­leagues.

What ad­vice would you give to oth­ers en­ter­ing the awards? Don’t be shy! Tell us what you’ve done to go above and beyond, what your team achieves on a daily ba­sis that may dif­fer from oth­ers, and what re­ally makes you shine brightly. The more de­tail the bet­ter as it will give us de­tailed insight of the nom­i­nee and help us de­cide on the wor­thy short­list and de­serv­ing win­ners. There are new cat­e­gories this year – the Best New­comer award and Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons ac­co­lade so there are even more op­por­tu­ni­ties to win.

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