Executive team

Tass Messinis

Managing Director

As the Managing Director of BCD Travel Australia, Tass oversees all commercial, financial and operational functions. Tass sets the company’s strategic direction to fulfill our mission of powering customer success by making the most of travel investment, keeping traveller’s safe and enhancing the traveller experience. He’s instrumental in shaping, strengthening and growing the company in Australia.

Tass has over 25 years of experience in sales, marketing and operations at a senior executive management level throughout Asia Pacific and the Middle East regions. He’s developed and implemented effective transformation, business development and go-to-market strategies for organisations within global travel services, corporate card financial services and information technology; ranging from large global companies to regional companies. Tass also holds qualifications in marketing, sales management and international business. He is a board director of Kudos Knowledge Limited, Semantic Intelligence Group Pty Ltd and ex-board member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA 2011-12).

 

Richard Bristow

Director of Finance

As director of Finance, Richard is responsible for ensuring financial performance and profitable growth through operational finance, accounting and financial planning. He partners with the senior leadership team to provide strategic financial guidance to ensure BCD Travel Australia delivers quality service to our clients.

Richard, a certified public accountant (CPA), has over 18 years of experience working with large companies in Australia and the United Kingdom. He has extensive experience in management accounting, financial planning and analysis, as well as commercial decision support.

 

 

Denise Farrell

Senior Director of Operations


As Senior Director of Operations, Denise heads our national operations team and oversees day-to-day travel operations. She ensures the delivery and achievement of key operational and financial requirements. She drives process and solution changes to improve productivity and service delivery and position the organization for future growth.

Denise has more than 20 years working in air and travel. She brings a unique combination of operational and people management experience to her new role. Her previous roles focused on change management, process improvement and project management for United Airlines and a large TMC.

 

Sridhar Subramonian

Director of Technology & Client Solutions

As director of Technology & Client Solutions, Sridhar will be accountable for formulating and implementing the technology and automation services strategy and will work collaboratively with key stakeholders across various functions to drive customer experience and technology processes for BCD Travel Australia.

Since joining BCD Travel as manager, Performance Solutions, Sridhar has led vital technology projects and contributed significantly to initiatives that have streamlined processes across Operations and Finance to greatly enhance performance delivery. Prior to BCD Travel, Sridhar spent 18 years within the financial services industry, where he held various executive and senior management roles focused in operations and servicing, sales, and technologies and products.

 

Simon Halpin

Director of Sales

As Director of Sales, Simon oversees strategic growth and business development for BCD Travel Australia. Simon previously served as Director of Account Management. In that role he was responsible for client retention, quality service delivery and client satisfaction.

Simon is a seasoned travel professional with over 15 years travel industry experience working in Sales, Account Management and Operations. This, along with the strong customer service focus gained from his degree from The Hotel School – InterContinental Hotel Sydney, helps him ensure client satisfaction and retention.

Kay Shrimpton

Director of Supplier Relations

As director, Supplier Relations, Kay will lead our preferred supplier strategy in Australia to support our financial objectives. She’ll also engage with our internal stakeholders to ensure efficient delivery of supplier services to our customers.

Kay has extensive experience in the travel industry, having worked in management positions at airlines, TMCs and on the customer side of travel procurement. Kay joins us from Sydney’s iconic Bridge Climb, where she was responsible for growing the corporate market.

 

 

Maya Wannan

Director of Human Resources

As director, Human Resources for Australia, Maya will develop, implement and drive solutions that integrate HR strategies with our business goals. She’ll guide key organizational and strategic HR initiatives in partnership with senior leadership. In addition, she’ll oversee key functions including payroll and recruiting.

An experience HR practitioner, Maya brings 15 years of professional experience to her new role. She joins us from Fiserv Solutions where she worked for four years as senior HR business partner.