Anne Martin

Anne Martin
Senior Business Travel Consultant


What did you enjoy studying at school and what does it mean for you now?

History & Business Studies were my main subjects, but I loved PE (Physical Education). History helps me understand different countries and cultures and my love of PE led me to become a swimming teacher and enjoy outdoor pursuits including road cycling and outdoor sea swimming. I am currently the chairwoman of Clontarf Cycling Club. My interests outside of work lead to a successful work / life balance.

Tell us about your career, has it always been in travel?

Yes, from a small independent company to where I am now as a Senior Travel Consultant. I started at Joe Walsh Tours (JWT) Religious Tours Dept booking pilgrimages to Lourdes and Fatima. I came to FCM after the corporate travel company that I was working for was acquired by Flight Centre. I was excited to become part of a global company and the client profile that comes with that, as well as the benefits of working for such a successful and well-respected global company.


What do you consider your greatest career achievement?

I was nominated for Business Travel Consultant of the year at the Irish Travel Agents Awards in 2015 for my contribution to the workplace. I was awarded MVP at FCM’s staff update in January 2023 which meant the world to me.

What do you think is an important lesson you’ve learnt in your career?

A happy team is a productive team and communication between different departments is of paramount importance. Being positive and helpful contributes to a better work environment therefore increases productivity!


What do you think of the opportunities available for women at FCM and the corporate travel industry?

I believe if you have the capabilities and drive there are ample opportunities to progress both in FCM and the industry as a whole. Like many women, rearing a family and working always presents challenges. FCM have supported me over the years by creating a job share position which I held for 15 years.

How should women support other women in their organisations?

Good communication, encouragement, and mentoring.


Do you have a woman leader as a mentor or are there specific women who inspired you and why?

Yes, my previous managing director Valerie Metcalfe always had an open door policy and was very well respected by the travel industry in Ireland. I considered her a boss, mentor and friend and she brought the best out in me.