Maria Whiteman joins board of Next Generation Travel

Maria Whiteman, the current managing director of Saga Holidays, has been appointed as managing director designate at specialist educational travel company, Next Generation Travel.

She will be tasked with helping the Blackpool firm achieve its ambition of becoming the UK’s number one educational travel group by 2023.

Following a series of recent acquisitions, the company now employs over 100 people and arranges educational visits for over 75,000 passengers each year.

Next Generation Travel now includes the WST Travel, FHT Travel, Anglia Tours, Study Experiences, Sport Experiences and Remembrance Travel brands.

It is the driving force behind six of the UK’s fastest-growing educational travel brands and offers immersive tours to young people aged 10 to 21.

Current managing director Deborah Beckett will continue to head-up strategic projects and acquisitions.

Our reputation will be in safe hands.

Deborah said: “Maria will help us on our journey to becoming the UK’s top educational travel group. Our reputation for providing high levels of customer experience and curriculum-focused tours will be in safe hands.

"Bringing in outside experience adds to the breadth of experience in our boardroom and allows us to divert more energy into the acquisition process, which is a key part of our vision.”

NGT is the only educational travel company to be Awarded the Investors in People standard and Service Excellence Award, WST Travel has also been named the UK’s Best School Tour Operator in The School Travel Awards for the last three years.