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David Atkin

David Atkin

Managing Director & Safety Consultant

​David began his travel career at luxury tour operator Elegant Resorts in 1998, where he remained for 10 years. He was Product Manager for regions including Caribbean, Middle East, Indian Ocean, Far East, Europe & North Africa, USA & Ski, before progressing to Marketing Manager and latterly, Head of Product. David then spent three years at ITC Luxury Travel Group as Director of Sports before joining golf and events business The Aspiration Group as a director and shareholder, where he created a new travel division and established a dedicated golf breaks programme.

David joined Sanderson Phillips in 2016, progressing to the role of Managing Director in April 2019. During his tenure, the business has grown to provide its travel safety auditing services to over 60 clients both in the UK and overseas, whilst introducing new risk assessment services for the Modern Slavery Act, sustainability and accessibility. As well as advising organisations on risk management and creating travel safety management systems, he has also created an online training course in Travel Safety & Risk Management to compliment the bespoke training courses Sanderson Phillips offers. .

David is a Fellow of the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management, a Fellow of the Institute of Travel & Tourism, an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, holds a Professional Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Professional Certificate in Sustainable Tourism from the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. David also holds Level 3 Risk Assessment, Level 2 Fire Safety and Level 2 VRQ in Gas Safety Awareness qualifications.

Aimee Atkin

Aimée Atkin

Director & Safety Consultant

Aimée joined Sanderson Phillips in 2011 after holding senior account management and marketing roles with companies including Capita, Corning Optical Fibre and Z-Card. Prior to this, Aimée gained valuable experience of luxury tour operations whilst working for ITC Luxury Travel Group.

Aimée holds Level 3 Risk Assessment, Level 2 Health & Safety in the Workplace and Level 2 VRQ in Gas Safety Awareness qualifications. She also speaks fluent French, conversational Spanish and has a Professional Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Graham Phillips

Graham Phillips

Founder & Safety Consultant

Graham’s illustrious career in the travel industry has spanned 50 years. His first positions were with London-based operators Global Tours and Ski Plan before heading up the Pacific region for Jetset Tours from their offices in Melbourne. On his return to the UK, Graham become Long Haul Product Manager at Thomas Cook Holidays, before launching Silk Cut Travel as Director & General Manager. He then spent eight years as General Manager of Product at Chester-based luxury tour operator Elegant Resorts.

 Having identified an opportunity to provide health and safety consultancy services to the travel industry, Graham founded Sanderson Phillips in 1997. He successfully led and developed the business to become a well-known and respected name within the leisure travel industry, growing steadily and carving a niche working for luxury tailor-made tour operators. Graham chose to take a back seat in April 2019, moving into a part-time consultancy role. He holds qualifications in Advanced Health & Safety and Risk Assessment and has visited 100 countries and counting.

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