Flight Centre Travel Group's female leaders are the best in the business!

Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) is delighted to have had two women last night recognised for their contribution to the business as part of the Women in Travel Awards.

Flight Centre Travel Group Chief Operating Officer Melanie Waters-Ryan walked away with the top accolade in the ‘Power List’ and Jess Anscombe General Manager for Corporate Traveller took out the ‘Corporate’ category.

The annual awards program recognises female talent in the travel industry across a range of categories including aviation, corporate, cruise, entrepreneur, hotel, marketer, mentor, PR, rising star, road and rail, salesperson, social media technology, tourism board and wholesale.

FCTG’s corporate division had a further six women named finalists in this year’s awards. These included:


  • Andrea Stidwill – Corporate Traveller
  • Anita Nguyen – Stage & Screen Travel Services
  • Sue McEvoy – FCM Travel Solutions
Salesperson of the year
  • Sue McEvoy – FCM Travel Solutions

Mentor of the Year
  • Melissa Elf – FCM Travel Solutions

  • Juanita Kumaran – Stage and Screen Travel


Corporate Traveller’s Jess Anscombe said she was delighted to have received the award, given the tough competition.

“I am so excited to collect this award. It comes on the back of an excellent year for Corporate Traveller,” Jess said. “We have all worked very hard to transform the business into what it is today.

“Last year was about re-focusing our energies to deliver better services to our core customer. This process to evolve the brand, touched every part of our business from operations and technology to marketing and sales. Driving the change was challenging but rewarding.

“I’d also like to acknowledge my incredible team, who have not only supported this direction but collaborated and innovated to make our brand so relevant and different.”

Carole Cooper, FCTG’s global Peopleworks leader, said the company was thrilled to learn of the news, given the large number of women that work in the travel industry and the fierce competition for these awards.

“With almost 230 entries and 130 finalists across the categories, it is an exceptional achievement to be named a winner. We are very proud of all these women and delighted they have been recognised for their worthy contribution to our company,” Carole said.

“The Flight Centre group actively supports women in the workplace and nurtures female talent. We have quite a few initiatives such as Womenwise and Flexibility Champions, which are designed to inspire and develop the professional talent of our already very talented female employees.”

“This is exciting news and on behalf of everyone at FCTG … congratulations!”