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Meet the Board

Pip Galland

Acting Chair of the Visit Bath Board

Employment Associate, Burges Salmon LLP

Pip is an HR and Employment Law Associate Solicitor at Burges Salmon LLP. Prior to this, she worked at a law firm in Bath for over six years. Pip regularly advises a cross-section of businesses, from owner-manager companies and SMEs through to large corporates and PLCs, coordinating a wide range of employment issues and successfully navigating clients through workplace challenges. She has a strong interest in helping businesses thrive, and, of course, obtaining the best out of their staff.

Pip is a frequent speaker at conferences and provides training on employment law issues for clients and professional bodies.

Pip is also Chair of Bath Mind and responsible for overseeing the charity’s governance and strategy. She has a strong focus on business development, particularly in the context of corporate training and fundraising.

Franco de la Croix-Vaubois

Managing Director of Frog Events and Founder of EON (Event Organisers Network)

Franco studied Business Studies at Buckingham University, and has then spent the bulk of his career in hospitality and events at the top end, crewing private yachts for ten years, then managing luxury venues in London. Franco then went on to work in sales and marketing in the events and hospitality sector, managing hundreds of members, consisting of venues and suppliers across London. Based in Bath since 2010, Franco has continued his commitment to the event community, running a bespoke event company, consulting on luxury property projects, and founded the Event Organisers Network.

Doug Douglas

CEO of Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park

Doug studied Technology and Business Management at Oxford Brookes University, then served for 12 years in the 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh Regiment, completing a tour in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. In 2012 he moved to serve as a military advisory to the Royal Jordanian Armed Forces, then left the army in 2014 to take over Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park. Over the last three years Doug has taken the park from 75,000 visitors to 200,000 visitors. Doug is also a member of the National Farm Attraction Network Board. 

Jessica Gillingham

Director, Abode PR

Jessica is the director of Abode PR, a public relations agency and consultancy specialising in working with clients in the international short-term rental industry.

Prior to starting Abode PR, Jessica was the founder of award-winning family travel listing website Triptoes Canada, which was named a Guardian Start-Up of the Year in 2015.

Over her 20-plus-year career, Jessica has worked with many brands within the travel and tourism space including travel technology solutions, destinations, tour operators, transportation and accommodation providers. She also has extensive experience in supporting non-travel brands fulfil their potential and better achieve their business goals.

Jessica grew up in Bath and despite wandering away for a few years, proudly calls Bath her home again.  

David Haywood

David worked in the Pharmaceutical industry for more than 30 years, holding a number of senior management and director roles around the world. On retiring from full-time employment, he moved to Bath in 2012, and, until the end of 2017, ran a consulting company supporting fine chemical companies in Korea and China; he was also a Visiting Professor at Tianjin University, China. 

He currently holds directorships at Curo and the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, and is a local Magistrate.

David has a strong interest in business improvement, and has held a number of governance and audit roles.

Rachel Johnston

Assistant Director of Consultancy in the South West at The National Trust

Rachel joined the National Trust in October 2008. Rachel is the Assistant Director of Consultancy in the South West and is accountable for the strategic leadership of all visitor-facing, income generating and conservation activities in the region. Rachel leads a 100-strong specialist internal consultancy team.  

Prior to joining the Trust Rachel spent six years as Head of Brand and Marketing at Alnwick Garden leading on brand, marketing and commercial strategy. Rachel’s career has also included product management for Sage Software and marketing for a range of business books for Pearson Publishing.

In her spare time, Rachel co-leads her own strategic consultancy focused on driving profitable growth through audience focused organisational change.

Board Member Vacancies

Visit Bath wishes to recruit three-to-four additional directors who can operate in a strategic role and who have experience of successful partnership working in the tourism sector, preferably in a destination management context.

The Board ensures good governance, provides leadership, and supports the CEO and management team to make decisions on the strategic and operational activity of Visit Bath. The Board also sets high standards of personal and corporate behaviour for itself and staff.

Click here to find out more and apply.