Executive team

Our executive team brings together some of the most experienced, talented and industry-savvy people in corporate travel.

UK & Ireland


Mike WalleyMike Walley – President, UK & Ireland Region

Mike Walley has total operational and financial responsibility for BCD Travel’s activities in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

A veteran of the travel industry, Mike co-founded UK agency The Travel Company in 1981. In 2006, BCD Holdings N.V. acquired a majority shareholding in The Travel Company as part of the creation of BCD Travel.

Mike’s career in travel began at the age of 17, and – apart from a two-year period in marketing and advertising – he has remained in the travel industry throughout his professional life.

Over the years, Mike continued to build The Travel Company, creating a reputation for providing top quality service. By the end of 2005, The Travel Company was the UK’s largest independent travel agency, with an annual turnover of 240 million pounds and a staff of approximately 500 associates based in eight regional offices.

Michèle Lawley – Managing Director, UK & Ireland Region

Michèle Lawley is Managing Director of BCD Travel’s UK & Ireland Region. Michèle’s main responsibilities include directing strategy towards the profitability and growth of the company, building and maintaining an effective executive team, fostering the retention and satisfaction of both clients and employees, while always delivering the highest value to our customers through advanced technologies and service offerings.

Michèle’s experience in the travel industry spans over 30 years, with a particular focus on operational streamlining, account management and building relationships with clients.

Michèle is married with two children – with whom she spends all her free time.