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Kicking off Christmas in style: Our annual Awards and Christmas Party | Leger Holidays

On the 18th November, Leger head office staff were joined at the Sitwell Golf Club in Rotherham by our coach crews and battlefield guides to get into the Christmas spirit.

And, yes… we know what you’re thinking, Christmas in November?! With many of our coach crews whisking you lovely lot off to the Christmas markets and on your festive escapes throughout December, we had to get in their diaries early!

But, it’s all for good reason, as this year, we’ve combined our Christmas party with our annual Drivers Awards, as well as our Battlefield Guide Award and awards for our Head Office staff.

Our awards recognise the hard work put in from our staff across all operations of the business, and whilst every member of staff is invaluable in providing our customers with the best experiences on a Leger holiday, there could only be a handful of winners. So, without further ado… he’s our big winners of the night.


Driver of the Year

Awarded for driving ability, excellent destination knowledge, high levels of customer service and commitment to their role.

In third place…

Driver of the Year 3rd place – Mike Brannan

Mike Brannan


Coming in second place…

Driver of the Year 2nd place – John Doyle

John Doyle


And our 2018 Driver of the Year is…

Driver of the Year 1st place – Nana



Coach Crew of the Year

Awarded to crews who have demonstrated outstanding levels of teamwork, excellent customer rapport and a positive approach to their tours.

In third place…

Coach Crew of the Year 3rd place – Mike & Keiron

Mike & Keiron


In second place…

Coach Crew of the Year 2nd Place – Pete & Sandra

Pete & Sandra


And, drum roll please… our Coach Crew of the Year for 2018 is…

Coach Crew of the Year 1st Place – Nana & Leah

Nana & Leah


We’re always thrilled to hear how our coach crews have such a positive impact on your holidays and the Coach Crew Awards are always very close. There are a number of crews who have also had an excellent year who were also acknowledged with the Coach Crew Special Recognition Award. The following crews were named for this special accolade:

Paul & Lisa

Adam & Paul

Steve & Danny

Tony & John

Ivo & Dean


Driver Newcomer of the Year

This award recognises an individual who has made an outstanding contribution in their role, demonstrating initiative, enthusiasm and aptitude in their first season of driving for Leger.

And the winner is…

Driver Newcomer of the Year – Danny Wilson

Danny Wilson


Battlefield Guide Award

Our Battlefield Guides offer such a diverse wealth of knowledge and experience, and each of them shine in their own light. Our Battlefield Guide Award not only focuses on the a guide’s outstanding knowledge and commitment, but also acknowledges an individual who has demonstrated great compassion and empathy, as well as going above and beyond their role, assisting passengers in difficult circumstances.

The winner of the award is…

Battlefield Guide Award – David Warren

David Warren


Employee of the Year

It’s not very often you get to see the faces behind the operations at Leger HQ, but their work certainly doesn’t go unnoticed. From piecing together our intricate itineraries, to the minute-by-minute timings of your holiday, from the staff members who answer your phone calls, to those who produce the brochures you so eagerly await dropping on your door mat, our head office is a hive of activity, and for the first time, this hard work has been recognised in the award ceremonies.

Awarded to the employees who have shown enthusiasm and initiative in tasks over and above their day-to-day roles and responsibilities, here is the run-down for our prestigious Employee of the Year award…

In third place…

Employee of the year 3rd place – Danny Leeming

Danny Leeming, Operations Executive


In second place…

Employee of the Year 2nd place – Caroline Thorpe

Caroline Thorpe, Head of Branding and Creative


And our winner for 2018…

Employee of the year 1st place – Paul Reed

Paul Reed, Head Battlefield Guide


Long Service Award

Awarded for loyalty and commitment to the business, this award recognises the milestone of 25 years of continuous employment with Leger Holidays.

Long Service Award – Susan Porter

Susan Porter, Reservations Executive


There are also a number of staff members who hit their milestone of 20 years of continuous employment with Leger this year. Congratulations and thank you to:

Lisa Thompson, Customer Relations Executive

Lisa Taylor, Senior Product Executive

Cheryl Hamilton, Product Executive

Caroline Thorpe, Head of Branding and Creative

Tracey Dodds, Pre-Travel Team Executive

Deborah Harris, Reservations Executive

Rachel Steel, Accounts Executive

Ben Hancock, Operations Executive

Danny Leeming, Operations Executive

Julie Richardson, Reservations Manager

Joanne Risdale, Flight Co-ordinator and Reservations Executive

Craig Rattigan, Senior Developer

Andrew Parkin, Creative Manager


Newcomer of the Year

And from the long-standing staff members to those making waves in their first year of employment for Leger Holidays. Our winner for 2018 is…

Newcomer of the Year – Katie Weale

Katie Weale, Web Design Manager


And, with the formalities over for the evening, it was time for everyone to let their hair down and party the night away!


Leger Christmas Party 2018


Leger Christmas Party 2018


Leger Christmas Party 2018


Leger Christmas Party 2018


Leger Christmas Party 2018



Leger Christmas Party 2018


We’d like to say a huge thank you to PA Entertainments, and the brilliant Undercovered Band who provided the entertainment for the evening.


With another fantastic year almost under our belts, we’d like to say thank you to you all for your continued support,
and wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!


  • Coral Carter

    December 8, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Well done to everyone who won their awards but a special well done to Nana for driver of the year & to Nana & Leah as crew of the year. They are amazing. Here’s hoping 2019 will be as fantastic as 2018. I would also like to say a big Thank you to all the Battlefield Guides for their amazing passion & knowledge for making each tour a memorable one.
    Keep doing what your doing….. it’s fabulous xxx

  • Diana Smith

    December 8, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    I think all of your staff need to be congratulated. Everyone we have dealt with from the people who answer the phones and answer all manner of questions to your amazing drivers need to be congratulated. Also the people who source and organize such incredable adventures near and far.
    A very big thank you.

  • Cheryl Greatorex

    December 8, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Nana and Leah -well deserved

  • Maggie Wareham

    December 12, 2018 at 10:17 am

    Congratulations to Nana and Leah.
    Such lovely people to share our time away.
    Going above and beyond, and always discreet.
    A sign of a great company to recognise the qualities of their staff and recognise their contribution.

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