Debbie Marshall, Managing Director
Debbie has over 35 years’ experience in the travel industry including Crystal Holidays and Jetsave (where she was Managing Director until 2001), and from 2004 until 2010 at the helm of the award-winning villa specialist CV Villas and its sister company Ski Verbier.
She founded Silver Travel Advisor in 2011, the information, reviews and advice website for mature travellers, which was voted Best Travel Reviews website at the British Travel Awards in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
In 2021, with new owner Lisa McAuley taking the reins, Debbie decided to draw upon 10 years' experience in the “silver” sector, and joined forces with a team of industry veterans to form the Silver Marketing Association, picking up the baton from the former Mature Marketing Association.
Debbie is also a non-executive director of Real Holidays and Bailey Robinson; Chair for Dementia Adventure; is one of the '60 for 60' influential women at the Association of Women Travel Executives; a finalist in the Everywoman Travel Awards, and in the AWTE Business Impact Awards.
Michelle Laverick, Membership & Partnerships Director
Michelle has over 25 years’ marketing experience in the travel industry in senior positions covering all marketing disciplines. She has led marketing teams with award winning companies including HF Holidays, Collette Travel, Wendy Wu Tours, Explore Travel and Inghams.
In 2018, Michelle worked alongside Debbie and the team at Silver Travel Advisor in the Head of Partnerships position. Michelle has also held the voluntary position as PR Director with the AWTE (Association of Women Travel Executives) since 2018.
Michelle is a keen mountain walker with adventures including trekking to Everest Base Camp, climbing Kilimanjaro, and completing the Inca Trail. More recently she has discovered a newfound love of wild swimming, where she has been identified as a ‘youngster’ as the majority are ‘silver’ swimmers. She has also just returned to competitive swimming after an absence of over 30 years, in the master’s age category, where swimmers are competing into their 80’s.
Steve Huxham, Policy & Public Affairs Director
Steve is a well-known recruiter, with 36 years experience and a reputation for lateral and creative thinking to solve people challenges. He runs the recruiting functions for a portfolio of businesses both in commerce and in the Associations sector. He has also been a Non-Executive Director of several start up business.
Steve has always campaigned against inequality and discrimination in the workplace. It remains a regret that over 15 years after the first UK legislation barring employment discrimination based on age, that instances of ageism, particularly against older workers, still remain an issue needing full eradication, and he is committed to working towards that goal.
Previously, Steve was Chairman of The Recruitment Society and served as a Non-Executive Director for The Institute of Association Management. He also sits on the Court of City Livery Company, The Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers.
Steve’s is an Associate Member of the Fleet Air Arm Officer’s Association, and attends Parliamentary meetings as a Senate Member for the Genesis Initiative (co-ordinating body for SME organisations.) He has contributed to many Policy papers over the years to influence the Government in matters of best practice.
Jane Silk, Training & Development Consultant & Advisory Board Director
Jane is an acknowledged expert on engaging with the over 50s market. For many years she was the director of Mature Times newspaper and now works alongside a broad portfolio of clients offering expert advice and guidance on communications, research, marketing and sales and building relationships with vulnerable customers.
Jane is a highly-regarded, thought-leader in this sector and is frequently called upon by national and local media as well as key industry bodies and charities for her views.
Jane has recently turned her expertise into offering a range of tailor-made training courses and research initiatives to help businesses reach the lucrative Generation X and Baby Boomer generations.
Sally Winfield, Advisory Board Director
After a long and successful career in media, predominantly spent at DMGT, in 2007 Sally set up her own Management Consultancy/Coach-Mentoring company and worked with well-established companies, both media and otherwise. One of these was Accord, an award-winning and proudly independent marketing agency specialising in the Travel, Tourism and Hospitality sector. She was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Accord in 2007, COO in 2013 and CEO in April 2015.
A highly energetic, enthusiastic, and focused operator with a proven track record in commercial development, change management and strategic planning, Sally sits at the heart of the agency, building a collaborative culture, which she believes ultimately drives the best performance.
In 2018 Sally was appointed Chair of the Mature Marketing Association - an organisation focused entirely on the over-50s - promoting best practice marketing, facilitating networking events and investing in relevant, thought-provoking research and data. The MMA subsequently evolved in 2021 to become the Silver Marketing Association of which she is now a director.
Roger Bray, News Editor
Roger Bray has been writing on developments in travel as they affect consumers over some 50 years. He reported growth and problems of the package holiday business, the deregulation of airlines and the rise of low fare flying. He covered the rapid expansion of leisure travel to North America and the opening of China to tourism, chronicled the rise and fall of entrepreneurs including Sir Freddie Laker and was a passenger on British Airway's inaugural Concorde flight.
Roger spent some two decades covering travel and aviation for London's Evening Standard and has won awards including one for his lifetime contribution to travel writing. He was joint author of Flight to the Sun, a history of the explosion in British leisure travel since the Second World War and is an independent member of a committee advising on financial protection for travellers booking air holidays.