Tina Waters – Managing Director
Tina was born in Washington DC and raised in Arlington, Virginia.
Her first, though extremely significant contribution to the music business, came in 1972 when she was backstage at a Flying Burrito Brothers gig and overheard Chris Hillman telling Gram Parsons about a female singer he’d just seen but didn’t know how to get in touch with. “That’s Emmylou Harris” said Tina “I’m her babysitter”. A quick phone call was made to Emmylou to make sure it was fine to give Gram her number, and the rest, as they say, is country rock history!!!
Shortly after that, Tina moved to New York City where she got her first job in the music business working with the enigmatic booking agent Jonny Podell at his BMF agency, home to Alice Cooper – whom she ended up onstage with dressed as a nurse, wrestling him into a straight jacket as part of the stage show.
Yo-yo-ing between New York and LA between 1972 and 1976 saw Tina working for concert promoters Pacific Presentations, where she coordinated all the hotels for the artists performing at the California Jam. She returned to New York to work for Jonny Podell again in New York, and in December of 1975 was offered a job working with Bill & Taffy Danoff with the Starland Vocal Band who were just about to have their first hit, ‘Afternoon Delight’. 1977 saw Tina return to LA where she helped open the LA office of Tasco Sound. She then worked at the Sunset Marquis hotel in West Hollywood, before joining the sound and lighting company TFA/Electrosound, where she worked in the management division representing The Tubes before moving on to the sound division. She then became part of the GLS Productions team ran by the renowned tour and production managers Gerry Stickells & Chris Lamb. Here Tina worked in the office and on the road as assistant tour manager on several major American tours including those by Queen, Elton John, and ABBA.
Whilst on the road, Tina spotted the need for a more focused look at the logistics of travel and accommodation for touring bands, a responsibility she had already assumed for some of the GLS clients. Working first for Revel Travel and Earth Travel, in the mid eighties she became a key agent at Air Apparent.
Wishing to broaden her horizons after several years of booking travel in the States, she moved to London in 1989, joining Travel By Appointment, where she established herself as one of Europe’s leading travel agents. That much so that she was head hunted by rival firm Trinifold Travel who offered to open up a Glasgow office specifically for her so that she could work in the same town as her husband. Tina opened Trinifold Travel in Glasgow in 1993 and built the business of the Glasgow office steadily. In 1999 she conducted a management buy out of the Glasgow office, and the Tour Company was born!
Tina was presented with the highly prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award at the Woman of Year Awards for the Music Industry and Related Media in 2005.
Tina is on the fund raising committee for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland.
Christine McKinnon – Senior Travel Agent
Born in Glasgow in 1974, Christine has always had a passion for the travel industry. She started her career studying Travel & Tourism at Glasgow College of Food Technology. She then went on to gain experience in various fields in the travel industry such as Business Travel, Leisure Travel, airline reservations and tour operations working for such companies as ATMays, Thomson Holidays, Ryanair plus some smaller independent companies. Christine has been a Tour Consultant for The Tour Company since 2006 and is the office air expert
Anna Howden – Senior Travel Agent
Anna started her career in travel as an 18-year-old in the world of Motorsport and spent her time booking the travel logistics for the World Rally Championships. She spent most of her time on the road with the teams advancing the Tours then moved to London at the age of 23 to work for a large London based company specialising in transporting Bands, DJ’s and comedians around the world on their European and Worldwide Tours, where she also had the opportunity to travel with a number of Bands whilst on the road. Here she really gained her knowledge on how a Tour works and has seen a lot of the world. She eats, sleeps and breaths it. Anna worked her way up through the ranks at various Tour operators from Travel consultant, Operations Manager and then on to General Manager. Anna then found The Tour Company and decided after years of being in Managerial roles and admin, she wanted to get back in to what she knew and loved and that was being on the front line and being involved in the booking side of the Tours …… Favourite quote “ Where words fail music speaks”
Lindsey Young – Senior Travel Agent
Lindsey started out in the travel industry straight from school, working for the National Union of Students Travel Service, then learned all the aspects of business travel working for Bales Travel. Wanting to broaden her travel knowledge further she took a temporary position with TWA which led to a permanent job at Qantas Airways. She started off in the reservations team, then progressed to working in the ticket offices in central London and then became reservations supervisor. All this excellent experience stood her in good stead when she moved to the entertainment travel industry in 1986 and hasn’t looked back!
As well as working on tours and travel for this sector she was also required to advance the travel on some of her tours, which was invaluable experience, giving a great insight into how the tours worked in practice. She relocated from London to Bournemouth in 2011 and enjoys bike riding and enjoying the beach when she has spare time.
Eileen McBride – Hotel Agent
Eileen started with the Tour Company in May 2004. She previously worked as an office junior for Harper Macleod Solicitors at the age of 16, then moved on to work with a computer company called ISI Solutions, working in various departments throughout the company. ISI went into Liquidation. By then Eileen decided it was time for a little change and she completed a fast track NC in child care and started an HNC when she realised, as much as she loves kids, this just wasn’t for her. She then joined the Princes Trust and learned valuable skills throughout her short time on this course. It was then she joined the Tour Company as an admin assistant before moving on to become an agent.
Shannon Ward – Senior Travel Agent
At the tender age of 18, Shannon started work at what was originally Trinifold Travel in 1997 as a junior tour agent (back in the days before the world wide web phenomenon) and subsequently spent her maturing (or not) years with the same company which in 1999 became The Tour Company. With a passion for all things rock n roll and a hippy loving travel desire, there really was no better suited job for her and she quickly progressed to dropping the “junior” from her job title and a tour consultant was born. Never one to be content and sit back, Shannon would participate in many courses “after hours” including music journalism which led to her gig reviews being printed in publications such as List magazine and The Fly magazine. Her hankering for constant development carries on to this day where she is currently learning violin (much to the dismay of the neighbours).
In 2005, Shannon decided to go back to college to “try out” student life and 5 years later graduated with an upper 2.1 Applied Biomedical Science (Hons) degree. Even though she enjoyed the student life, she felt she was missing out and came back to join the Tour Company in 2011…….maybe one day there will be a calling for a rock n roll Biomedical Scientist that The Tour Company can add to their ever increasing repertoire of services!!
Louise Fisher – Senior Travel Agent
Louise started her travel career by studying Travel and Tourism at Glasgow Metropolitan College. Upon finishing the course she started working in the hospitality industry and began working in a local hotel. After a few years at the hotel she left to work for a well known worldwide tour operator, where she developed a love for travel. Gaining lots of travel knowledge and after several years with the company it was time for a new challenge. Louise found the Tour Company online and thought it would be great to work for a company that combined her love of music and travel! Louise has now acquired the nickname “Lil’ Fishy” to avoid confusion with our other Louise!
Natalie Kirwan – Travel Agent
Natalie first gained her taste for travel as a Ticketing Consultant with Travel 2 between 2008 & 2012, before leaving to try something different. Natalie went onto study Make Up Artistry where she gained an NQ & HNC. Although she loved her course, she missed working in travel, which brought her back to the industry and joined The Tour Company in 2014. With her two main passions being travel and music, working here gives her the best of both worlds!
Lyndsay Thomson – Senior Travel Agent
Lyndsay started working in the entertainment travel industry when she moved to London from Aberdeen in 2005 and became an assistant to a senior travel agent. Over the years she gained incredible experience in the touring world as a tours consultant and after 11 years living in London decided to move back to Scotland and was delighted to join The Tour Company and be able to continue working in the industry she has grown to love.
Katherin Carmicheal – Senior Travel Agent
Katherin’s initial introduction to the Travel Industry began in the early 90’s with Trinifold Travel. It was during this time that she got her first taste of what kept the Music Industry on the move, and loved it! She was subsequently offered an opportunity to expand and develop her career with the newly formed Rima Travel specialising in Music Touring and Corporate travel. Through her love of communication, combined with her enthusiasm for tackling the diverse requirements needed for the job, Katherin has established herself over a long career as an experienced Travel Consultant covering all aspects of the industry.
Finance & Office Support
Julie Brown – General Manager
Julie is our longest running member of staff. She started working with Tina in 1996 at Trinifold Travel on work experience, while doing a Travel and Tourism course. It didn’t take long before Julie became a fully fledged member of the team and was employed as office junior. Since then Julie has worked her way through the “ranks” and is now our general manager, working on the day to day needs of the office as well as helping out the travel team when she can.
Maxine Russell – Finance Manager
Maxine started with the company in 2009 coming in to replace the previous accounts chap who was retiring. Throughout her career she has worked in varied financial areas within the private and public sector working her way up from a Purchase Ledger Clerk to a Management Accountant. Following her employment with The Tour Company the finance department expanded to accommodate the Companies growing clientele and Maxine as the Finance Department Manager now oversees the smooth day to day running of the accounts section and 2 accounts assistants.
Linsey Alexander – Finance Assistant
Linsey joined The Tour Company in May 2008 after 6 years in recruitment. Linsey started work at 16 as an office junior and worked her way through to senior administrator and onto recruitment co-ordinator. Deciding that recruitment wasn’t for her, Linsey looked for a new career path and through a friend, was given The Tour Company contact details. Initially employed as our receptionist Linsey quickly progressed and moved over to work within the accounts team.
Lesley Hawkins – Finance Assistant
Lesley started her working life in a public sector administration job but learned that it wasn’t inspiring enough to her creative and analytical personality. Her thirst for learning and a ‘self-teach’ approach to life has seen her ‘dabble’ in many diverse areas including design & manufacturing of anything from soft furnishings to a cat loo (!), some accounts studies, guitar playing and some studies in health & fitness (when she gained a qualification to teach aerobics in the early 90’s). However it wasn’t until the approach of her 30th birthday when a career change was decided and she made the choice to actually enrol in a full time study course -Fashion Design & Manufacture. Having learned to sew and create her own clothing from an early age, it seemed like a good choice of study. After finishing the first year and looking for a summer job, a mutual friend knew that Tina Waters who had not long set up the Glasgow branch of Trinifold Travel, was looking for a temporary admin assistant/receptionist. A phone call & interview secured her the position. As it transpired, Lesley never returned to Fashion College but instead quickly grew at the company and before very long became part of the travel team dealing with the travel requirements of some of her musical heroes. She continued to gain experience in the role for 10 years and was part of the team when the transition from Trinifold Travel to the Tour Company took place in 1999. An attempt to gain experience from a slightly different perspective of the travel industry meant that Lesley had a brief spell away from the Tour Company with employment in the hotel and chauffeur drive sector. Before long she returned back to her old pals but a new role within the company in 2009 saw her join the Finance Team where her analytic side was put to good use. Nowadays she is responsible for organising and collecting the company’s commissions and involved in improving the technical resources required for the job role.