Meet the team
Race Welch – Managing Director.
Race established MILLENNIUM on the 1st of April 1997. Never was there a more positive decision to make in his travel career spanning some 15 years and undoubtedly a brave move, however, always up for the next new challenge, Race started with nothing but self belief and bullish determination to make an impact in a “niche” market where personal service is paramount and a passion to say “YES, we can offer you an unrivalled number of options to consider and be fundamentally different from our competitors by providing real time available CHOICE!”
31 years on and counting, Race has an extensive first-hand knowledge for groups/conference/incentive travel. To this very day MILLENNIUM looks after the largest company in the world who attend and exhibit at an annual congress held in Vienna for Radiology. He thoroughly enjoys venue sourcing, booking meetings, special events as well as providing private transfers for VIP clients and making reservations at themed restaurants. Race really loves working with every type of customer and strives for perfecting their given criteria. MCT utilize a superb and highly capable on-line group booking tool to enhance the group and delegate booking experience.
Acting as a bespoke travel broker and working with a wide range of discerning and loyal clients MCT are truly dedicated to offering “real added value” within the corporate travel arena.
The MILLENNIUM Team with over 100 years combined experience rise to meet the diverse challenges and embrace every given opportunity with unrivalled enthusiasm and professional vigour to deliver a first class travel booking experience which we are all immensely proud of!
Outside work, Race enjoys travelling, wining and dining, entertaining, cooking, writing (there is a novel within me somewhere!) spending time with his other half (she is the BOSS!) and his two beautiful daughters. Race also has a love for all genres of music and motor cars of which Race has owned many makes and models to date!
Colin Needham – Finance & Business Development Director.
Colin has been involved in the Travel Industry since 1990, as Financial Controller and then Owner and Finance Director of M D Travel Management Ltd, which then became Navigant International UK Ltd.
After taking some time out with his wife and 2 children, Colin joined MILLENNIUM as Co – Owner in Nov 2007, with a remit to continue the profitable growth of the company.
Outside of work and family, Colin has many varied interests. He has a passion for cars, somewhat curtailed by the afore mentioned family, but has owned many sporty MGs, Toyotas, BMWs, a TVR, Nissan Skyline GTRs and a Group B Ford RS200 Rally Car over the years. This passion also extends to all Motorsport, especially F1 and he worked for nearly 20 years annually at the British Grand Prix at both Silverstone and Brands Hatch and when held, the UK based European Grand Prix. He enjoys watching Football and prior to owning his own horse, used to teach Riding to all standards for many years locally to his home in the Chilterns.
A love of good food and wine necessitates a new pastime – going to the gym to attempt to keep the weight off!
Gary Wilkie – Operations Manager.
Fast approaching his 17th anniversary with the company, Gary heads up Operations for MILLENNIUM from our Hertford office. Gary has worked in various guises within the travel industry, over a career spanning some 28 years and counting. In addition to the smooth running of the Operational side, Gary is keen to keep a hands on role and is actively involved in all aspects of customer focused booking procedures. When asked about what makes us different, Gary replied “Part of what makes MILLENNIUM stand out from competitors, is our ability to get to really know our client’s needs. We keep a pro-active approach in all that we do, often solving potential travel issues before they cause a problem. Our valued clients understand and appreciate that we go above and beyond the call of duty of service”.
Outside of the business Gary enjoys travelling, naming Canada and the Caribbean as favourite destinations. Quiet family time is also at the top of the list.
Jean Bignell – Senior Business Travel Consultant.
With 20 years in the travel industry Jean has a wealth of experience dealing with all types of clients from large blue chip companies down to small individual companies. Having previously worked behind the scenes at Millennium Travel for many years under the banner of Navigant/CWT where she was team supervisor and a travel trainer using various GDS booking systems, Jean finally officially joined the team 8 years ago after having her first child. Jean works part time for Millennium so that she can continue to bring up her family.
Outside of work Jean enjoys being outside and sport and has recently taken part in ‘Ride the Night’ – a 100km cycle through the night for charity.