PASC brings together a board with huge experience of the self-catering sector, and lobbying on its behalf. The sector does not currently have an Association to represent itself and lobby Government on many of these issues. PASC launching on the 9th October 2017 gives the sector a voice.
Alistair Handyside MBE
Alistair is the Executive Chair of the Professional Association of Self-Caterers (PASC). He owns the award winning Higher Wiscombe holiday cottages with his wife Lorna. In 2015, they won Best Self Catering in the Visit Devon Tourism Awards and have won Gold at the 2016 Visit England National Awards for Dog-Friendly Business.
Alistair was instrumental in the successful establishment of the SW Tourism Alliance, which he also Chairs, believing a unified voice for the South West was critical when lobbying for the region, and that some key services could be maintained by the private sector. Alistair is also the Chairman of the South West Coast Path, is the former Chair and now a non-exec Director of Premier Cottages, Director at the national Tourism Alliance and Vice Chairman of the East Devon AONB.
Alistair was awarded the MBE in the June 2018 Queens Honours list for services to tourism in the South West
An ex-Deloitte Consulting Partner, Graham has spent 50 years in the international hospitality, tourism and well-ness industries. His roles have included: Strategy Adviser to the World Travel & Tourism Council; Consultant to the United Nations World Tourism Organization; Chairman of The Tourism Society and British Consultants Bureau Tourism & Leisure Group; Special Adviser to a House of Lords tourism committee; board member of the Institute of Tourism Guiding and the English Association of Self-Catering Operators.
He has lobbied for reduced VAT on tourism for 25 years and was founder Chairman of the Cut Tourism VAT Campaign. He owns Cossington Park, a Gold Award self-catering business in Somerset, and runs a self-catering operation in the south of France.
Graham also serves on the Advisory Board of the School of Management, and is an executive and business coach with his own business - All Being Well Ltd - which he co-founded in 1999.
Kurt Janson has over 25 years’ experience in the tourism industry in New Zealand and the UK. He first worked for Tourism New Zealand on the development of both domestic and inbound tourism policy and the development and implementation of tourism strategies for various regions of the country.
On coming to the UK he worked for the British Tourist Authority (now VisitBritain) and was responsible for the organisation’s Policy, Strategy, Business Planning and Campaign Evaluation programmes.
In 2005 he left VisitBritain to set up his own tourism consultancy company which provides policy services to a range of organisations including the Tourism Alliance, IHG, VisitBritain, Travelodge, Hilton and De Vere Hotels.
Kurt has also been the Editor of Tourism Insights, is the author of the Pink Book, this accommodation sector’s bible on legislation, and writes regular columns for a range of trade publications on issues affecting the tourism sector.
Robert is the Managing Director at SuperControl, the online booking and management system for self-catering accommodation businesses in the UK and 50+ countries worldwide.
After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Rural Land Management from the Royal Agricultural College in 1995, he took on three family-run holiday cottages. In just 3 years Robert’s non-agency on-line marketing strategy grew the business to 90% occupancy. Robert then went on to start SuperWebs web design and SEO agency in 1999 before launching SuperControl in 2007. Today, SuperControl has more than 1,800 clients, including the owners and property managers of more than 30,000 cottages, villas, caravan parks, glampsites, canal boats, yurts, campervans and more. SuperControl continues to grow.
Robert is a long-term committee member of the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers, industry engagement advisor to VisitScotland and an active participant in the Vacation Rental Managers Association and European Holiday Homes Association.
After a 20-year career in investment banking in the City of London, Beth finally saw the light and moved to Cornwall. With husband Hugh, she established the multi-award winning Kernock Cottages in South East Cornwall, which has won Gold in both the Cornwall and the South West Awards for both dog-friendly business of the year and accessible tourism, as well as awards for sustainable tourism and self-catering provider of the year.
Beth is also the Chair and Marketing Director for Premier Cottages, a membership cooperative for independent operators of luxury graded self-catering accommodation around the UK, who get together to jointly promote themselves, while maintaining independence from the agency sector. She is also an Ambassador for Cornwall, and a passionate promoter of accessible tourism. For a number of years, she has also been a judge in the regional tourism awards in the South West.
With over 20 years’ experience of ownership and operation of self-catering operations, both large and small, Harvey Bailey has a wealth of experience of the self-catering industry.
His background is from the much wider leisure and tourism base, having been a local government officer with responsibility for tourism, marketing, leisure, entertainments, events, theatre, museums and sports.
Previously the Chair, Harvey remains a long-standing Council Member of Easco. Harvey also has broad experience of membership organisations on a national and local level, these include panels
The English Tourist Board, South West Tourism (West Country Tourist board), the Tourism Alliance, the South West Film Commission, the BHA, and the Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club and many more.