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Chris Mears CEO

Joined ATTA® January 2017

Phone: +44 (0)20 7937 4408 / +44 (0) 7710 306 286

Chris joined ATTA® as COO in January 2017 after previously spending 10 years living in Cape Town running the Cape Town office for long time ATTA® member Acacia Adventure Holidays. 

Chris took over as CEO on 01 January 2018

Chris has spent all his career involved with African Tourism and has a deep seated passion for the continent having traveled extensively including overland from London to South Africa with extended periods of time in Tanzania.

Chris' experience covers all aspects from reservations, sales and marketing to operations and product development.

While being based at ATTA® HQ, Chris is responsible for the day to day operational functions of the association. Chris is also at the vast majority of ATTA®'s exhibitions and functions.

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Angela Dizon Membership & Exhibitions Manager

Joined ATTA®: 2015

Phone: +44 (0) 20 7937 4408

I was born in Hungary and after finishing my studies I moved to the UK.

I came to learn English (to prove my teachers wrong) and I thought after a couple of years I would be back in Hungary to study and work.

It’s been 12 years and I can’t imagine my life any different.

I have worked in hospitality most of the time and I have been working at ATTA® since 2015.

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Kate Kenward Managing Director

Joined ATTA®: 2021

Phone: +44 (0) 20 7937 4408 / +44 (0) 7501680017

With almost 30 years’ experience in the travel industry, Kate has worked in almost every sector including tour operation, cruise, retail, hotel representation and publishing. Most recognised for her work in destination marketing and promotions for Tourism Australia during 15 years as marketing communications manager EMEA which incorporated regional award-winning work on the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, 2002 Sydney Gay Games, 2003 Rugby World Cup and the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

Kates passion for special interest travel was reinforced when she undertook the executive director role at AITO (The Specialist Travel Association) for 11 years, raising their brand and lobbying profile while leading their strategic and digital transformation.  Since leaving AITO in 2019, Kate has used her experience and skills as a consultant on a variety of projects for other associations, tour operators, a travel app, destinations and more recently on a DfID funded project to evaluate the tourism potential of Sierra Leone.

After a year on the ATTA Management Board, Kate was appointed Managing Director of ATTA Ltd on 1 September 2021 where she will use her association management skills to drive ATTA's agenda forward.