Our company was established in 1983 as Ealing Travel Services. We became Harridge in 2013 to mark 30 years at the forefront of a competitive industry and to signify our ambitions for the future.

Our people are the core of our service. Our team are ingenious, creative, knowledgeable, and we’re very proud of them.

Darryll Beck Harridge

Managing Director

Darryll Beck Harridge has worked his way up from cleaner at Heathrow airport to Managing Director of his own successful travel company.

He got the travel bug at Heathrow’s Pan Am warehouse in 1974, watching Concorde take off just 100 yards away. Two years later, he became a courier for a travel company, excitedly collecting tickets from BA, AF, KL, SR, MH, SQ, and all the other major airlines.

But when he found himself waiting around a lot between pick-ups and drop-offs, he asked if he could help out answering the phone. A few months later, and Beck was taking bookings, appointed Reservations Clerk by his impressed manager. Two years later: Assistant Manager. 'You’re not bad at this game!' Beck recalls telling himself. 'Why not have a go at setting up your own company?'

Thirty five years later, and he is still proud of Harridge, founded on the principles of integrity, service, expertise, and accountability, with trusting clients who actively recommend it to others.

Madhurie Harridge

Finance Director

Madhurie worked for NatWest in the City of London from 1970 until 1988, when she took a career break to raise her two children.

Her banking experience is a vital asset to Harridge Group, where she has spent an enjoyable 22 years.

She loves being with her children, cooking, going to the gym, running, eating out, going to the theatre, her Zumba class, and yoga.

Chhaya Shah

Corporate Team Manager

Chhaya is passionate about travel and holds BA honour in travel. She has worked in the industry since 2006 when she finished university. She gained a lot of knowledge in the working in sales and after sales. As Corporate Manager at Harridge Chhaya is responsible for quality control and making sure clients are offered the best fares and the highest level of customer service.

Chhaya has travelled around Europe, USA, Far East, Africa and India. In her spare time she enjoys going out, nail art and bowling.

David J. Blackledge

Senior Corporate Consultant

David has been working in the travel industry for nearly 30 years.

He recalls, as a schoolboy, going to work with his dad, an air traffic engineer at Manchester airport, watching the old flap display departures boards as the letters clattered around to make new words; so many places he’d never heard of. He’d head home, bury his head in an atlas, and from there his love of geography and travel grew.

He’s adamant now that if he’d kept a record of the many strange enquiries he'd received – every single email and phone call he deals with is different – it would be a best seller.

David lives in Isleworth, Middlesex with his partner of 10 years. He loves travelling (of course), walking, photography, food and wine, and fondly recalls being part of an 80,000-strong choir, cheering on a Team GB Paralympian gold medallist.

Charlotte Emmett

Senior Corporate Consultant

Charlotte took several travel courses at college, where she first became interested in the industry. She began selling holidays part time at Thomas Cook, while studying Galileo in preparation for a move to business travel.

Since starting with Harridge 12 years ago, she has worked her way up from Rail Consultant to Senior Corporate Consultant.

She loves her job because no two days are the same, because she enjoys working out complex itineraries and difficult fares, and challenging herself to get cheaper fares than the Internet!

A self-confessed chatterbox, she loves socialising in her spare time.

Jon Lia

Senior Corporate Consultant

Jon started his travel career as a messenger in the 70s for a West End company and has worked his way up the industry, arranging travel for government ministers and for many big music stars along the way.

A Senior Consultant at Harridge, his main responsibility is looking after the travel arrangements for big insurance companies in the City of London. He’s been with us for 20 years, blaming 'the great team' for the length of his stay.

Originally from Valencia, he speaks fluent Spanish and likes spending time with family both here and aboard, and watching FC Barcelona play.

Sarah

Senior Corporate Consultant

Having lived in Germany, Spain, Belgium and the UK, Sarah is truly international. She holds a degree in Translation and has had a great interest in other languages and cultures ever since she was young.

Since moving to London she's worked with Air France as well a number of travel agents, gaining valuable experience with GDS systems. At Harridge she applies these skills to provide our clients with an exceptional service.

In her free time Sarah loves to attend comedy events, watch repeats of the 2014 world cup final, and relax by practising yoga. She adores traveling and is determined to improve her culinary skills, although freely admits that eating out is much more fun!

Simon Clancy

Senior Corporate Consultant

Simon joined Harridge in January 2011, with no previous travel experience, but with a strong determination to find a job and career in something that really interested him.

He’s come far in a very short time. Trained at Harridge, he learnt quickly, and was soon entrusted with his own client portfolio.

When he’s not arranging corporate travel, Simon can often be found playing guitar in a rock band, in numerous sparsely filled North London venues, or daydreaming about when Arsenal used to win things.

Teresa Rowe

Corporate Consultant

Teresa has been working in Business Travel for 25 years, with some time off for being a full time mum. She worked in London, Edinburgh, Surrey and Berkshire before relocating to Edinburgh in 2005, due to her husband’s many military postings. Teresa is the proud mum of two gifted boys.

She joined Harridge Group in April 2018 and has been working remotely from home. She loves the fact that no two travel enquiries are the same and enjoys a challenge of a complicated itinerary.

Harry Gordon

Corporate Consultant

Harry joined Harridge as an apprentice in August 2017 having completed his studies at Sixth Form earlier that summer. He completed his apprenticeship a year later and is looking forward to furthering his development and progressing within the company.

An avid Gooner, when not at work, Harry dedicates a lot of time to his beloved Arsenal, attending matches whenever he can. Any other free time that he has is usually taken up by keeping fit, or socialising with his friends, often with a pint in hand.

Graham Finch Parsons

Corporate Consultant

Graham has been working within the business travel sector for the past 10 years. His previous roles include running operations at Gatwick Airport, working on a cruise ship, and being a HGV driver. Graham lived in Australia for 8 years and to date has visited over 60 counties.

He is passionate about sports, enjoys keeping fit and is a keen cyclist and runner; he completed the London Marathon and the Great North Run. Graham is a true animal and nature lover and loves nothing more than spending time outdoors.

Gourav Khasabia

Corporate Consultant

Gourav has 11 years’ experience in travel; he worked for a large TMC in India for 6 years before moving to London in 2016 and pursuing a career in travel in the UK. He joined Harridge Group as Corporate Consultant in April 2018; Gourav not only provides service to clients via email and phone, he also sets up Harridge Group’s online booking system for clients.

In his spare time Gourav enjoys cricket and watching movies.

Nikkie Poole

Corporate Consultant

Nikkie started her travel career on a youth training scheme at the age of 17. Over the last 30 years, she has gained extensive knowledge in all aspects of leisure, events and business travel. Working her way up through the business travel industry, Nikkie has the honour to say she has managed travel for the same leading fashion company travel account for the last 25 years.

Nikkie has a real passion for travel, is a dedicated team member with excellent attention detail, planning and exceptional organisational skills. She is determined to her best at all times and satisfied by a job well done.

When not booking travel, Nikkie loves to experience destinations first hand with her family to build her own extensive personal knowledge.

Samantha Jupp

Corporate Consultant

Samantha took 3 years at college studying travel and tourism. She began with selling holidays full time for 2 years before moving to her first business travel role, learning to use travel booking software and becoming a business travel consultant. Samantha has now been working in the business travel industry for 3 years and absolutely loves being a Business Travel Consultant because no two days are the same.

A self-confessed chatterbox, she loves socialising in her spare time.

Claudia Hogan

Events Coordinator

With a keen eye for what makes an event special; Claudia manages a wide range of conferences, parties and product launches for our clients. Joining us in 2016 to expand the Harridge Events portfolio, she is a reliable and hard-working creative. Widely travelled and with an idyllic skill set gained through working in international events and the luxury hotel industry, she can spot a opportunity for fun in even the driest of event briefs. She prefers her free time to be spent as busy as possible, with as much champagne as possible; failing this she has her head in a book.

Mumtaz Kharas

Accounts Manager

Mumtaz is AAT qualified and has over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of finance. She joined Harridge in 2013 as a Senior Accountancy Assistant.

Mumtaz devotes her spare time to fundraising charity work for her local community and enjoys spending time with her large family. In her (limited!) spare time after that, she likes to read and walk.

Lisa Moriarty

Senior Accounts Assistant

A hard and helpful worker, Lisa has a GNVQ in Leisure and Tourism and has worked in the accounts department for nearly 18 years.

She loves listening to music (apart from classical), loves watching rugby (and supporting Ireland), enjoys the Six Nations Championship (especially when Ireland are playing), enjoys a good walk (especially if the weather is good), and reading (in her spare time).

Aye Aye Naing

Accounts Assistant

Aye has joined Harridge Group’s Accounts Team mid-2018. She is ACCA part qualified and has got B.A (Hons) in Applied Accounting.

She is originally from Myanmar (Burma). In her spare time, Aye volunteers at local monastery, where she is helping raise funds, carrying out general duties as well as preparing meals for monks as her passions are cooking and baking.

Alieena Reel

Apprenticeship Accounts Clerk

Alieena started her apprenticeship with Harridge in 2014. She's studying diligently for her AAT accounting qualification with BPP University, and working untiringly with the Harridge accounts team – we don't know where she finds the energy!

Out of the office, music and dance are her passion, so you'll find her busting her moves on the dance floor. Once she's completed her studies Alieena is looking forward to travelling the world – starting with New York, of course.

Aggie Leighton

Office Manager/PA to Directors

Aggie gained her administrative and office management experience in a variety of roles within non for profit and commercial sectors. She enjoys the mix of routine tasks and unpredictability her job involves and loves the fact that every day in the list of Office Manager/PA to Directors presents different challenges and opportunities.

In her spare time, Aggie enjoys spending time with her family, reading and watching cookery shows. Her unusual hobby is taking part in free online competitions and she has a good record of winning some weird and wonderful stuff. Aggies also runs her own blog on bargain hunting and consumer issues.

Jonathan Harridge

Director

After law school, and a brief stint at a commercial law firm in Canary Wharf, Jonathan joined the family business in 2007. The move from commercial law to corporate travel was a welcome challenge, and he had to learn quickly and develop new skills.

He particularly enjoys getting to know his clients, each one unique, befriending the people, not assessing the numbers. Harridge Group excites and motivates him: to continually enhance his clients’ experience, to make a real difference, to offer a uniquely personal and first class service.

Jonathan loves leisure time, family time, golf time and cricket time! On top of that, he tries to complete one 26-mile marathon a year for the NSPCC, the discipline and humility of which he really values.

Zenna Harridge

Business Development Manager

With her vast background in the Arts, Zenna became very interested in travel after working for the world-wide BBC team. She entered the family business aiming to get involved with corporate travel and events.

She has been working in this industry since 2011, and before that for many years as a summer job. She loves travelling, organizing events, and meeting with her clients. She also enjoys a spot of dancing and keeping as fit as possible. She’s a cleaning fanatic, and likes to sit in the sun with a cool beer or a glass of fruity red wine.