Stuart Ellis

Director, Swift Travel Consultancy Ltd

Stuart Ellis

Top 3 Achievements

  • 2 x successful commercial sale-side transactions grossing £250M +
  • Profitable sales growth achieved across large global regions in 5 different
  • Transformed Emirates Tours UK from non-profitable to profitable business in 2 years.

About Stuart Ellis

Stuart is a formidable C-suite commercial leader with a proven track record in general management, business development, sales and operations. A professional in-demand investor, board advisor, mentor and NED, hehas led commercial teams through two complex sale-side transactions, to a PE /trade buyer combination in 2015 & to a public companybuyer in 2017. Prior to Swift Travel & his other current engagements, Stuart led Totalstay Jac TravelFIT & Groups commercial functions as CCO. He was also SVP Sales EMEA for Kuoni Global Travel Services after its acquisition of GTA in 2011. Stuart brings significant experience of the tour operations & airline worlds, with five years at Thomson Holidays (TUI) and 2 years heading the tour operations business at Emirates UK on his CV. Stuart’s travel career began with 2 years working on European city breaks for Airtours, before joining Gulliver’s Travel Associates in 1996 as a groups operator.

Stuart has studied & worked extensivelyin Europe and speaks fluent German. He lives now in North London with his family and is an all-round cricket ‘nut’ and an enthusiast for Alpine skiing and mountain walking.

Current Engagements

Round A investor, Advisory Board, Nezasa (Swiss Itinerary Builder). Advising on sales & new market development, recruitment & sales/supplier strategy.

Seed investor, Advisory Board, My Property Host (UK Short Term Rentals). Advising on travel opportunities & wider strategic direction of start-up.

Non-Executive Director, Intuitive (Travel Technology). Advising on sales & marketing strategy, wider board strategy &private equity partners on exit planning.


Past Engagements

Jac Travel/Totalstay – sale side transactions of £70M and £200M (successfully completed)

200+ staff across FIT & DMC business (Jac Travel) with TTV of £400M (2017)

Kuoni Global Travel Services – hyper growth, EMEA Sales (Dubai +710%), 175 staff

GTA – South America & Europe, 58 different source markets for sales & operations

Emirates UK – Full P&L accountability, turning $25M TTV loss-making tour operations business into a $35M TTV profit-making business in less than 2 years.

Thomson/TUI – created and implemented signature initiative, ‘Musketeer’ to drive service improvements around all overseas resorts in 2000-2001. Won corporate award for innovation in 1999.