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NEWS ROUND-UP


Rodwell bids fond farewell to Fred Olsen after three decades


Harry Kemble


Fred Olsen Cruise Lines managing director Mike Rodwell brought the curtain down on his 31-year career with the cruise line last week, handing over the reins to former commercial director Peter Deer. Rodwell retired on August 31,


aſter 15 years in the top job and 31 years with the Fred Olsen business. Te company held a farewell


party near its headquarters in Ipswich at which 45 colleagues presented Rodwell with a baked Alaska – traditionally offered to passengers on the last day of a cruise. Rodwell has worked in a number


of roles during his time at Fred Olsen. He started as an accountant and later became commercial director before being promoted to managing director in 2004. Reflecting on his time at the top,


Rodwell said he looked back with “immense pride” having seen the line’s fleet grow from one ship to four. He said he regreted not having


overseen a new-build ship during his tenure, but predicted this was something that would happen under his successor.


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they become more like resorts,” he said. “Tey can only get into a limited number of ports. Smaller vessels give people much richer holidays.” In 1988, Rodwell went on his


first cruise, on Black Prince, to help familiarise himself with the brand. He sailed from Izmir in Turkey to Venice via the Corinth Canal. Tis month, Fred Olsen’s


Mike Rodwell (centre) with colleagues including


successor Peter Deer (third left) “We have got a great guest repeat


factor,” he said. “Because we position our vessels


in the summer season in five ports [in the UK], we tend to atract people from all areas of the country.” But he also predicted that in


time the industry could become “polarised” between very large ships and smaller vessels. “The issue with larger ships is that


Rowland takes on Thames Path Challenge for Abta LifeLine


Abta chairman Alistair Rowland is joining Team Abta to take on the 100km Ultra Thames Path Challenge for Abta LifeLine on Saturday. Rowland, chief retail officer for specialist business at Midcounties Co-operative, joins Abta’s John de Vial for the 24-hour walk from Putney to Henley to raise £2,000. To donate, go to justgiving.com/ fundraising/johndevial-tpc


10 5 SEPTEMBER 2019 Larger ships are


like resorts. Smaller vessels give people much richer holidays


Braemar will sail through the same route, which connects the Gulf of Corinth with the Saronic Gulf in the Aegean Sea. When it does so, the 924-passenger ship will break the record for the largest vessel to pass through the Corinth Canal, which is only 21 metres wide in parts. Although he will not be on


Braemar’s history-making sailing, Rodwell says he will “definitely” sail with the line again. “I have probably got a few friends


here that can get me a good deal,” he joked. As for retirement, Rodwell, a


keen water polo player, hopes to take part in the 2021 World Aquatics Championships in Japan for the over-60s and spend time reviving his summer house at his home in Colchester.


Kuoni starts campaign to raise £20k for mental health charity


Kuoni aims to raise £20,000 over the next two years for mental health charity Mind. Members of staff held their first committee meeting last week to discuss ideas for fundraising events such as a Christmas quiz and summer ball. There will also be advice for staff about nutrition and how food can affect mental wellbeing, and a focus on World Mental Health Day (October 10).


Hays Travel and firefighters target £8k in charity bike ride


Hays Travel staff from eight branches are taking part in a cycle challenge with firefighters from Middlemoor Fire Station in Exeter, Devon. Employees along the route are using exercise bikes to match the firefighters’ two-day, 150-mile ride from Exeter to Basingstoke on September 13 and 14. They aim to raise £8,000 to send six-year-old Amelie Aitken to Walt Disney World in Florida. Firefighters rescued Amelie from a road crash in May in which her father died.


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