Meet The London Team

TERESA BRAIN - Director of Operations

Experience encompasses management within hotel sales, corporate sales and P.R., tour operation, administration, and training. Apart from her commercial activities Teresa has been actively involved in assisting students to achieve their National Certificate of Vocational Qualification in Tourism and Travel. Teresa is the former Treasurer of the Benevolent Fund of the Association of Women Travel Executives.

COLIN BRAIN - Senior Director & CEO

Colin is a former Travel Agents Council Chairman of the Association of British Travel Agents. During his career with ABTA, he spent six years as vice-chairman of the Technology Committee and also chaired the Aviation Committee for two years.

Colin graduated as a Commercial Consultant and qualified for Fellowship of the British Society of Commerce. He also qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Management and the Institute of Travel & Tourism and has travelled the world in pursuit of the interests of travel & tourism. He is the first consultant specialising in travel to be granted the status of Certified Management Consultant in the UK and as such has been awarded membership of the Institute of Management Consultants.

Various Government Ministers have sought Colin's advice on aviation and technology related issues over the years and he has also featured on a number of television shows including The Money Programme on BBC 2. Since 1975 Colin has personally pioneered all forms of travel agency automation.

KAREN MCKENNA - MS-UK Director

Karen McKenna has gained immense business travel experience spanning 20 years, with a diverse and in-depth knowledge of sales, marketing, sourcing and procurement processes and in the last 7 years; creation of online market places, customer acquisition and digital marketing.

For more than 10 years Karen was involved in managing the tender processes of major blue chip organisations. She was involved in national and multinational sales, proposal development, project management and multinational call centre implementation.

Identifying the need to re-engineer manual processes, this inspired the founding and creating in 2004 of an industry-first, web-based tendering tool called ETABid. The successful launch of ETABid was the catalyst for creating a specialist consulting company in 2005, to support ETABid clients through their tender processes. 3SIXTY provided consultancy services to assist procurement, travel managers and business travel suppliers.

Following the acquisition of ETABid in 2007 and 3SIXTY in 2009, Karen has been working collaboratively with buyers and suppliers of business travel and, networking with key industry players, has been the catalyst for becoming involved in travel programme consultancy projects. Subsequently, in 2010 Karen joined the MS-UK team and has now worked on several projects, helping buyers optimise their travel programmes, source suppliers, manage tender processes and implement new initiatives and practices.

MS-UK also works with subject matter experts who are specialists in specific travel categories, such as: fleet management, expense management, meetings and event management and hotel programme development. Our consultants have held senior travel operational and managerial positions, so we fully understand the mechanics of the travel industry. This insight, combined with our procurement and consultancy skills, gives us a unique view of the services being provided and opportunities to enhance them.

RAY BYERLEY - Former Senior Consultant

Ray was also a former Director and member of the National Council of the Association of British Travel Agents. Following a lifelong career with Hogg Robinson, which included a term as Director of Business Travel Sales, Ray was appointed the founding Managing Director of the global travel organisation, Business Travel International in 1990. Ray also served with Colin as a National Council member and Director of the Association of British Travel Agents. Ray was a founding partner of Management Solutions (UK) Limited in 1990 and remained a colleague until he retired in 2000.

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