As part of its progressive expansion plans, Digital Visitor is pleased to announce the appointment of both Dick Porter and Duncan Greenland as company directors.
Dick Porter is a co-founder of STA Travel, one of the world’s leading travel companies. Founded in 1979, STA Travel has continued to advise young people on holidays and adventures abroad, offering a unique range of flights, accommodation, tours and expeditions in 90 countries.
Today, STA Travel has over 400 branches worldwide and sends over 6 million passengers away each year. Dick managed STA Travel as Director and CEO until 2007 and continues to serve as a Director of the STA Travel Group.
In addition to his long-standing relationship with STA Travel, Dick is also the Chairman of Griffin Global Holdco Ltd which is the private equity backed leading travel specialist for the marine and offshore industries; Chairman and investor in Top Deck Tours Ltd , a youth tour operator operating in Europe, Australia and NewZealand; an advisor and investor in three European on-line ventures; Chairman of the British Educational Travel Association (BETA), the professional association representing the youth, student and educational travel sector; and Director and adviser to other companies and tertiary education institutions reflecting his private interests.
Duncan Greenland’s background is also within the travel and education sector. Duncan and two colleagues built up the Study Group of companies in the 1990’s which grew successfully worldwide prior to its sale to the Information Division of the UK’s Daily Mail and General Trust.
Study Group is an acknowledged leader in international education specialising in the provision of world-class university access and English language programmes. Each year over 55,000 students from more than 140 countries enter these programmes. With a global network of specialist education counsellors and nearly 200 university partnerships across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, Study Group is redefining the landscape of modern education.
Duncan was more recently a Non-Executive Director and lead investor in Real Gap, the UK’s fastest growing Gap Year programme provider before its sale in 2009 to TUI; a Founder Board member of the British Educational Travel Association (BETA) and a serial private equity investor in UK start up companies.
Outside of the corporate world, Duncan is Chair of Trustees for two very different UK charities; the liberal political think tank Centre Forum, and the world’s most prestigious violin competition for young violinists, the Menuhin Competition Trust.
Anthony Rawlins, Managing Director of Digital Visitor, commented:
“2011 is going to be an excellent year here at Digital Visitor, in no small part due to our brand new directors.”
“Dick is one of those people I’ve heard a lot about in the industry and so I’m quite overwhelmed he would become a part of our team and also encouraged that he sees great value in what we do. Our mantra is to always do right by our clients and help them navigate through and prosper from the social media minefield.”
“Duncan is also a highly successful business man and we can’t wait for him to help catapult us into new markets, offering new industries the same cutting edge social media and community solutions and services we have successfully delivered to the travel industry for 3 years”.