From leading Tasmania to success to now sharing her wealth of knowledge and inspiring new leaders to reach new heights (and managing a pub in between) hear how Tash has been welcomed home in an exciting new role.
After starting her Flight Centre Travel Group career as a Travel Sales Consultant in the Crows Nest store in early 2008, Tash followed the well-travelled path of many fellow Flighties and worked her way up to Assistant Team Leader before becoming Team Leader of her store in 2010.
Inspiring and mentoring leaders has certainly always been one of Tash’s strengths as she moved to Melbourne in 2015 in a Consultant position to mentor a newly appointed Team Leader. Absolutely loving her time in Melbourne, it was at this point she decided she wanted more and set her sights on becoming an Area Leader. In 2017, Tash’s hard work paid off and moved to Tasmania to lead the business for a further three years. During this time, Tash and her team achieved incredible feats for the business - a testament to her strong leadership skills she was able to share and inspire of her team.
“In 2019 Tasmania was awarded the most improved in the VICMANIA business and finished in the top 5 in Australia (2nd or 3rd). This was an incredible feeling for a team that was always fighting for their right to be remembered as being just as valued as everyone else...... we showed them!” Tash remembers.
Right before COVID-19 struck, Tash bought a pub in Hobart which eventually turned into her full-time role as the pandemic continued to cause havoc for the travel industry.
“I could see our roles were being downsized quickly. So, I decided to leave on my own terms to help open my own business and have a change, this was important for my health,” Tash reflects.
Now, after two years away from the business Tash is back home and stepping into a new role as National Leadership Specialist alongside friend and colleague Carolyn Giblett.
“I missed working with likeminded people who ‘get it!’ I also missed the reward and recognition culture. Plus Flighties just get it done!” says Tash.
"When I finally came back, I was surprised at how much everything had changed. Carolyn (Gibbo) and I liken it to having your favourite old house renovated. It’s all very familiar and lovely – but everything has changed and is new again! The systems, the volume of customers and the globalisation of the business.”
Speaking about what she is loving about her role now Tash observes that it is definitely working with leaders again.
“I am very grateful for this. The chance to be welcomed back into the fold again has been lovely,” she says.
“Home is where the heart is and my heart has always been here. Although things are different (including us) we need to accept and thrive! It is an exciting time to be a part of FCTG.”