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 is a specialist in the Middle East and is well-known in business circles both at home and abroad.
Originally working for the Kuwait Shipping Company in the 70s, based in Kuwait, the company expanded from a small fleet to one of the largest merchant fleets in the World UASC. At the time, Michael handled many of the major projects working not only with the Arab Governments and private sector consignees but also the international suppliers and contractors from all over the world.
On returning to the UK, Michael joined the Committee for Middle East Trade (COMET) as a Director. COMET was the British Government’s Private Sector Advisory Group on trade with the Middle East, Turkey and Iran. Michael was involved in the setting up of all the major Middle East business councils, many of which are still in existence, and was appointed Chairman of the Turkish British Chamber of Commerce.

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.

Kate Rowlands

Kate Rowlands

Trade Missions Consultant

Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Kate moved to the UK approx. 5 years ago, joining our team in March 2019. She has visited over 30 countries and has a true passion for travel. Her role involves all aspects of logistical support including air travel, accommodation, venue finding, transportation, bespoke quotations and administration for both group and individual travel.