James Metcalf
James Metcalf
Business Travel Manager

After graduating from school in Japan, where I spent most of my childhood, I came back to the UK and trained with British Airways in the travel sector. After my time at BA I joined an Independent travel agency in Putney that specialized in travel for Medical professionals.
In 2002 I joined the friendly and committed team at Ashdown Travel. Working in the corporate department we have a variety of local and UK wide travel accounts, including some of my previous clients in the Medical profession.
Having had the privilege of travelling extensively throughout my career, this has been an invaluable asset to knowing destinations, and products. Also what I have found invaluable is times like the Ash Cloud in 2010. Though incredibly demanding, this helped solidify relationships with our clients, as we endeavoured to repatriate or get them to their final destination, by any means available.
What I find especially rewarding is being able to piece together a complex multi sector itinerary that fits within the parameters of our client’s schedule. Recently I put together a business trip that included Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Yantai & Qingdao in China, and then onto Kuala Namu in Indonesia.