Meet the Executive Directors
Julia Lo Bue-Said, Managing Director
Julia became Managing Director of the Advantage Travel Centres group in July 2013, with responsibility for running the business on a day-to-day basis as well as developing the strategy and vision for the company.
With a sales turnover of approximately £3.5 billion and a diverse business model which incorporates membership of travel agents and travel management companies, an insurance company, an insurance broker as well as a shareholding in an international business, the role has enabled Julia to develop her skills even further as a leader in the industry.
Following a review of the business, Julia launched Vision 2020 – a strategic plan which outlines the business’ key goals for the next five years; redefining the business culture to one of momentum, enthusiasm, high performance and energy; repositioning the business to The Advantage Travel Partnership providing greater clarity of its business-to-business ethos and membership value; restructuring of marketing and business development as core services to the entire group as well as the introduction of a new governance framework for the company.
Previously, as Leisure Director for Advantage, Julia oversaw the leisure travel function for the company where she was responsible for delivering best-in-class commercial arrangements across a wide portfolio of product.
With technology playing an ever-increasing part for the group, The Advantage Travel Gateway, a multi-channel distribution technology platform providing its members with access to aggregated product, was launched in 2010 with a newly created Gateway2 built and released in the summer of 2016. The new platform providing access to the Advantage tour operation – Advantage Holidays.
Having worked her way up to her current position, Julia has been at Advantage for 20 years. She has been an ITT board director since 2011, and in 2012 was inducted into the Women's 1st Top 100 Club for Travel and Hospitality.
Nick Moser, Finance Director
Nick commenced his career in the accounting profession and, after 6 ½ years working for Deloitte in New Zealand and South Africa, moved to Australia, where he held Finance Director roles in IT hardware distribution and television production businesses. He then spent 9 years as CFO at Amadeus IT Pacific, where he was responsible for the financial affairs of the GDS’ travel distribution and Airline IT service activities in Australia/NZ.
Nick then worked as CFO for Rubik Financial Ltd, Australian public company delivering software solutions and consulting services to financial institutions before moving with his family to the UK in 2011.
In the UK, Nick worked initially as Finance Director for Amadeus’ UK travel distribution business and then most recently as Deputy-Managing Director for Voyages-sncf UK , an SNCF subsidiary distributing the product of all European rail carriers to a UK and Irish audience.
Nick is commercially focused, very passionate about both technology and the travel industry, and keen to leverage his experience in both sectors in his role at Advantage. Nick joined Advantage in April 2016.
Paula Lacey, Group Commercial Director
A senior commercial professional, Paula, joined the Advantage Travel Partnership in September 2016 as Group Commercial Director. In this newly created role, Paula will be bringing together various functions of the company across both its business and leisure travel disciplines, ensuring the company’s focus remains on driving forward commercial opportunities for all Advantage members.
Paula joins Advantage from easyHotels where she held the role of Global Franchise Director and prior to that, held senior roles with TUI Travel Specialist and Activity Division, including Aviation Director and MD of Distribution for the Sport Division, and previous to that senior roles in Thomas Cook Retail and TV Travel Shop.
Paula is an excellent influencer with a clear record of building high-performing, customer focussed teams.