Mark Kempster

Mark Kempster

Founder & CEO, CT Travel Group

Mark is a successful entrepreneur, both within and outside of the travel industry, and is always keen to find new opportunities that will allow both CT Travel Group to expand in its key areas of operation, as well as his business portfolio outside of the industry, through organic growth or acquisition.

Pathfinder Trade & Invest was acquired by Mark in August 2017 at which time he stated:
“We are delighted to welcome Michael Thomas and Pathfinder Trade and Invest into the CT Travel Group family. Strengthening our existing relationship, we aim to build and grow our Trade Missions into a global programme, expanding our range of country and industry-specific events, both in the UK and overseas.”

Michael Thomas

Michael Thomas

Chairman and Strategic Advisor

Michael worked for the Kuwait Shipping Company in the 70s, handling many of the major projects working with the Arab Governments, private sector consignees, international suppliers and global contractors. The company expanded from a small fleet to one of the largest merchant fleets in the World UASC.
On returning to the UK, Michael joined the Committee for Middle East Trade (COMET) as a Director. He was involved in setting up all the major Middle East business councils and was appointed Chairman of the Turkish British Chamber of Commerce.
In 2000, Michael joined the Middle East Association (MEA). As Director General, he built the MEA up to over 700 members and the UK’s foremost authority on developing trade to the Middle East. At this time, he was invited by the British Government to become its Trade Advisor on Iran before founding Pathfinder Trade and Invest Ltd in 2011.

Lyndsay Snowden

Lyndsay Snowden

Trade Missions Manager

Lyndsay has over 25 years’ experience, specifically in Trade Missions and logistics, and has worked with Pathfinder Trade and Invest since its inception in 2011. Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, Lyndsay has spent all her career in the industry and brings a genuine passion to the team which is translated into the exceptionally high level of customer service delivered to all.

Mark Vrijmoed

Mark Vrijmoed

Assistant Events and Export Advisor

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Mark has worked in the private sector within trade, sales and customer service and the public sector within a university and the United Nations and has degrees in Asian, International and Chinese studies. Mark will often be your first point of contact within Pathfinder Trade and Invest.

Candice McKenzie

Candice McKenzie

Senior Trade Mission Consultant

As a vital member of the team, Candice's role encompasses all aspects of work on both Trade Mission management and logistical support including relationship building, prospectus production, correspondence with delegates and sponsors, submission of bespoke quotations, issuing of documentation and assisting with visa procurement.

Hilary Crundwell

Hilary Crundwell

Trade Mission Co-ordinator

Hilary is focused mainly on the travel aspect of Trade Missions with her key responsibilities including providing quotations, supplier negotiations, booking flights, hotels and transportation, visa advice and procurement.

Melissa Hirst

Melissa Hirst

Marketing & PR Manager

Melissa has worked within the tourism industry for over 25 years, both within the UK and overseas. She has lived and worked in France and spent her early years in South Africa. She is passionate about promoting the work of Pathfinder Trade and Invest and would be keen to hear from any organisations who are keen to assist.