Steve Ridgway CBE

Chairman

Steve Ridgway took up his post as BTA (VisitBritain/VisitEngland) Chairman on 1 April 2017. He provides strategic leadership to our work to boost tourism to and within Britain, leading the delivery of a new era of greater coherence and partnership for the visitor economy.

About the Chairman's office

The Chairman works with VisitBritain's private and public sector partners in England, Scotland and Wales to aid us in strengthening the marketing of Britain as a tourist destination overseas. 

Steve's biography

Steve became Chairman of BTA in April 2017, after having sat on the BTA Board since 2013, he is Non-Executive Chairman of StartJG, an international brand agency, following 13 years as Chief Executive of Virgin Atlantic Airways.

He began his business career at Sir James Goldsmith's Cavenham Foods and later joined the Toleman Group, as Business Development Manager (1979-81). When the company bought Cougar Marine (1981-85) he became General Manager based in Miami. On return to the UK he became the Project Head and Chief Pilot of the two 'Virgin Atlantic Challengers', the boat in which he re-captured the fastest crossing of the North Atlantic 1986.

He remained close friends with Richard Branson and formally joined Virgin Atlantic as Managing Director of Virgin Freeway. His career with Virgin progressed rapidly becoming Managing Director of Virgin Atlantic Airways in 1998 and Chief Executive from 2001-2013. He is currently Chairman of Scandlines Ferries in Denmark.

Other Team Members

Headshot of observer to the board Kevin Murphy OBE

Kevin Murphy OBE

Observer

Margaret Llewellyn

Margaret Llewellyn OBE

Board member

Denis Wormwell

Observer

Katy Best

Katy Best

Observer

Angela Bray

Angela Bray

Board member

Headshot of board member Ian McCaig

Ian McCaig

Board member

Lord John Thurso

Lord John Thurso

Board member

John Lindquist

John Lindquist

Board member