Who we are

The Travel Retail Consortium is a UK-based suppliers’ club, with a 40-year track record, whose sole focus is serving buyers and retailers in the travel retail industry.

Membership is open to companies whose trading interest involves the sale of products or services to the Tax & Duty-Free (Travel Retail) Trade, with up to two representatives nominated.

Membership with the TRC is non-competitive; eg each member company exclusively represents a segment within a category sector. For example, there will be one Champagne company only, one fragrance company only, one sunglasses company only.

Our current membership includes companies that provide many of these product categories to the Travel Retail industry, but we are always keen to hear from companies that cover specific segments not currently represented.

Examples of segments are as follows:

  • Cognac, gin, Champagne, wine within Wines & Spirits
  • Tea, preserves, savoury biscuits within Fine Foods
  • Chocolate, sugar, sweet biscuits within Confectionery
  • Fragrance, lipsticks, make-up within Beauty
  • Travel Adaptors, travel pillows, luggage within Travel Items
  • Plush toys, and games within Toys
  • Women’s fashion, men’s fashion, kid’s fashion within Clothing
  • Souvenirs, novelties, within Gifts
  • Designer bags, sunglasses, watches, jewellery, and pens, within Accessories
  • Cigarettes, cigars within Tobacco
  • Audio headsets, power banks within Electronics

Membership within TRC is non-competitive with one company per product category, for example, one Champagne brand only. This ensures that we remain a pro-active, supportive group.

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The Travel Retail Consortium
The Travel Retail Consortium

Meet the TRC Officers

Behind the Travel Retail Consortium lies three hard-working officers who devote much of their free time to running the club for and on behalf of its members. Here’s a little more about the personalities who keep the TRC alive and kicking!

TRC Officers
Jonathan Corbett

Jonathan Corbett

Chairman

I have worked in the Travel Retail/Duty-Free industry for over 21 years, covering multiple categories. For 12 years I ran my own business – The Wandering Monkey Co. Ltd supplying children’s products to Travel Retail outlets around the world.

I am now fortunate enough to be working for a truly historical brand, The East India Company, supplying a selection of premium fine foods and beverages to Travel and Duty-Free.

I am proud to have been lucky enough to have worked with some great brands over the years and supply product all over the world.

I joined the TRC in January 2016 and in 2017 was elected to the vice chairman role. Since January 2019 I have had the privilege of being the Chairman of the TRC, representing a fantastic group of industry suppliers. To date, we have held some great events for our customers and raised several thousand pounds for my nominated charity, Chestnut Tree House Hospice.

I look forward to seeing a strong future for the TRC as we take it into its next stage of growth.

chairman@travelretailconsortium.co.uk

Tina Davies

Tina Davies

Secretary

I have worked in Travel Retail for 35 years having previously been an Air Hostess with British Airways for 10 years.

My role as a consultant for several suppliers in Travel Retail has given me a broad knowledge of the Industry and I have gained experience in dealing with the retailers whilst providing an in-depth service to those suppliers that I represent – which includes Twinings, Taittinger, Leonidas and Travel Blue.

I joined the Travel Retail Consortium in 2009 as a representative for Imperial Tobacco (with whom I worked for 28 years!) and took on the role of Secretary in 2012.  In addition, I lead in the coordination of the Annual Events held by the TRC; something I thoroughly enjoy having worked in the events business in a previous life!

secretary@travelretailconsortium.co.uk

Martyn Westbury

Martyn Westbury

Treasurer

Late in 1980, I joined what was then Mars Confectionery as a Graduate Salesman; the role provided a good salary and car – just what I needed for the next 18 months until I could go back to Law School to complete my legal training.

Fast forward 34 years and my retirement from the Mars organisation. During my time there, I was fortunate to work and cover every sales role, different channels and sectors that existed in the UK market. That breadth and the vast array of formal training provided huge opportunities to learn and develop, together with plenty of fresh challenges. The last of these was the 13 years in the Duty-Free/Travel Retail arena – most definitely the best!

In 2004 I was approached to join the TRC with Mars and was delighted to make that happen and to be a part of a vibrant TRC community. During those 18 years I have always been active within the TRC and went through the Chair and then in 2016 took on the role of Treasurer.

In 2013 I set up my own business and now also work for a supplier to the Duty-Free industry called ‘Newthing’ – this is very exciting as I retain many of my friends from the industry, but still with new opportunities to meet people and work with innovative products that have sustainability at their heart!

2013 was indeed a watershed year for me. I remarried to a lovely lady called Sue and we now live on Exmoor, where we are both able to indulge in our garden and walking interests ably assisted by our 2 Golden Retrievers, and for me to follow my passion called golf – hence the photo!

treasurer@travelretailconsortium.co.uk