FCTG Independent continues to build team

Internal promotions and new hires for Flight Centre's Independent division

FCTG Independent continues to formalise its global leadership team with the recent appointments of Astrid Richardson to the Global Director of Operations and Allie Sparr to the Global Head of Brand and Marketing.

This rapidly growing division of Flight Centre Travel Group (FLT) has shifted to a global structure to unify their teams and leverage the strength and reach of their independent network and operations across Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada and South Africa. Danielle Galloway was appointed the Global Managing Director of Independent and Premium Divisions late June 2022 and has steadily been building her team.

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Taking Richardson’s place as the General Manager of FCTG Independent in Australia is Nick Queale, former GM of FCTG’s corporate businesses in New Zealand. Beginning his successful career with FCTG in 1997, Queale has held numerous senior leadership roles across the business in Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

Replacing Sparr as the Marketing Manager for the independent network in Australia is Blake Newell. Based at FCTG’s head office in Brisbane, Newell joined the Flight Centre brand marketing team in 2019 focusing on campaigns and advertising after working with Seven West Media.

Astrid Richardson

“I have been lucky enough to lead our independent business in Australia for the last two years and during this time we have achieved some fantastic things together,” said Richardson. “I cannot wait to continue the success of this exciting division on a global scale.

“Our incredible network of independent travel agents and hard-working support team have achieved record sales, record profits and record turnover for the business and importantly, positioned it to continue on an even greater growth trajectory from here.”

Allie Sparr

Commenting on her promotion, Sparr said “I am so grateful for the opportunity to join such an esteemed team of industry leaders on this journey to raise our independent agency network to new heights. Having worked with the Australian team since mid-2021, I’ve seen the power and potential of the independent agent first-hand.

“We are only just getting started. FCTG and our Independent team are focused on delivering the most compelling offering available for home-based agents and larger independent travel agencies alike.

“There are plenty of exciting developments to come and I’m honoured to be a part of the team that will deliver them,” Sparr added.

Nick Queale

“I am thrilled to join FCTG Independent leading the incredibly successful Australian network,” said Queale. “I’ve had the pleasure of working across many parts of this business, but the independent space presents a new and exciting opportunity.”

“We have great plans to invest in the continued growth and improvement of our independent agency offering. I look forward to leading the Australian network and support team during this time.”

Blake Newell

Newell said he was delighted to join the team at FCTG Independent Australia.

“I am passionate about both travel and marketing, and I am eager to help this part of our business and the independent agency network continue to thrive. I look forward to working with the team and tackling new challenges together,” Newell said.

Astrid Richardson, Global Director of Operations, FCTG Independent
Nick Queale, General Manager, FCTG Independent, Australia
Allie Sparr, Global Head of Brand and Marketing, FCTG Independent
Blake Newell, Marketing Manager, FCTG Independent, Australia
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