The Association for Tourism in Higher Education is the only officially recognised body for tourism in higher education in the UK. Its members are universities and other institutions involved in higher education. It represents their interests through its status as a learned society of the Academy of Social Sciences. ATHE does not normally take individual academics into membership.
However, from time to time it wishes to recognise individuals who have given long and outstanding service to the Association. Such individuals are awarded the title of Emeritus Fellow of ATHE.
The criteria for election to Fellowship are:
- Long and outstanding service to ATHE, as a member of the Executive Committee
- Evidence of esteem in tourism education.
- Active involvement in tourism education and willingness to contribute to ATHE
- No longer a member of the Committee
Fellows are proposed and elected by the Executive Committee. Individuals cannot propose themselves for election.
Our current Emeritus Fellows are shown below. We are proud to have these distinguished academics and educators as Fellows of the Association.
Professor David Airey
David Airey is Professor of Tourism Management at the University of Surrey. After a period working in the tourism industry, he began his academic career at Surrey in 1975 as a lecturer in Economics and Tourism. He also spent a time as visiting professor in the United States. Subsequently, from 1985, he was with the UK government Ministry of Education for eight years and was then with the European Commission as adviser on management and manpower for the PHARE programme based in Poland. He returned to Surrey in 1997 as Professor and served as Head of School and was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor from 2001-2009. He retired from his full-time position in 2009. He has continued on a part-time basis at Surrey combining this with a visiting appointment at the University of Central Lancashire plus a range of other research, teaching and consultancy projects.
As an academic his main research interests have covered the economic aspects of tourism, tourism policy and organisation and tourism education. He has undertaken and supervised research (20 PhDs) in these areas and has published books and papers (c50 peer reviewed papers). In 2005 he co-edited and partly wrote the first book specifically on tourism education and in 2011 his co-authored book in tourism policy making in China is published by Routledge.
He has been an active member of British and international organisations. He is an elected Academician of the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Fellow of the Tourism Society, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality, and member of the International Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism and the Tourism Research Centre. He has served as Chair of a number of associations including a period as co-chair of the Education and Science Council of the United Nations World Tourism Organization and elected Vice-President of its Committee of Affiliate Members. He was involved in the original development of the subject association for tourism (now ATHE) and was a member of its Executive Committee for nearly 15 years, serving as the organisation’s third Chair from 1997 to 1999.
In 2004 he received the EuroCHRIE President’s award for outstanding achievement and in 2006 the United Nations WTO Ulysses Award for his contribution to tourism education and research.
Ms Lyn Bibbings
Lyn is a tourism academic with a practitioner background and she continues to combine her academic roles with responsibilities in the sector as a Director of Tourism South East, and as Chair of the Sub Regional Tourism committee for Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. She is a management development consultant for FirstChoice, now TuiTravel, one of the world’s largest travel firms.
Lyn is a Director and Fellow of the Tourism Society. She has been the Liaison Officer for Tourism for the Higher Education Subject Network since its inception in 2000 She is a member of two committees of the Academy of Social Sciences – the committee of Learned Societies and the Events committee.
Lyn is a member of the Editorial Boards for Tourism and Hospitality: Planning and Development and Brookes e-Journal of Learning and Teaching. She is also the Dischipline Lead for Higher Education Academy.
Professor David Botterill
David Botterill is a freelance academic and higher education consultant, Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Tourism at the University of Westminster and Professor Emeritus in the Welsh Centre for Tourism Research, University of Wales Institute Cardiff. He is also an Associate Director for the Higher Education Academy Network for Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism and an Associate of the NHTV University of Applied Sciences Breda.
David studied at Surrey and Loughborough universities in the 1970s and gained industrial experience in the private and government sectors of the hotel and leisure industries prior to completing a PhD at Texas A & M University in 1987. He returned to the UK to lecture in tourism studies and moved to Cardiff in 1993. He has extensive UK experience of research leadership in university education, most recently as Director of Research in the Cardiff School of Management (1999-2007) at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff and was promoted to a personal chair of the University of Wales in 2003. He has taken a particular interest in the global development of doctoral level tourism studies as supervisor and external examiner to candidates in the UK and mainland Europe.
He is an author and reviewer for several publishing houses and external assessor of research quality for universities and research bodies. Over the past 25 years he has secured and directed consultancy projects for: universities; the Higher Education Academy; the tourism industry; European, national and local governments; and NGOs. He has published extensively in the tourism and leisure studies journals and together with Trevor Jones of Cardiff University recently published an edited book on Tourism and Crime: Key Issues for Goodfellow Publishers (2010). He was also a Visiting Fellow at the Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Australia in 2011.
Mr Phil Evans
Phil is the Senior Head of Tourism and Enterprise for Eastbourne. For the past five years Phil has been head of policy and analysis at VisitEngland, holding responsibility for the national tourism strategy and advising the government on tourism policy issues.
His previous work included heading up tourism departments at Southwark, West Dorset, Boston and Bedfordshire Councils, as well as overseeing the visitor economy work of the London Development Agency and London-wide tourism strategy and briefing the Mayor of London on tourism issues.
Phil has been a strong supporter and advocate of ATHE’s work over the last few years in terms of attending and contributing to the annual conference (notably on the Friday morning panel debate) and representing VisitEngland in sponsoring the Making the Case Awards from their inception three years ago.
Mr Noel Josephides
Noel Josephides is former Managing Director and Founding Partner of Sunvil Holidays which was established in 1973. He has served in a variety of capacities for AITO, the Association of Independent Tour Operators – Deputy-Chairman, Chairman, Director and Chairman of the AITO Trust. He is also Chairman of AGTA (Association of Greek Cypriot Travel Agents and Tour Operators). In December 2007 he received the Guild of Travel and Tourism Award for outstanding services to the travel and tourism industry In April 2008 he was honoured by the Cyprus Government for 35 years of service in respect of environmental tourism to the island. He was elected Chairman of ABTA in 2013.
Professor John Tribe
Professor John Tribe is head of tourism at the University of Surrey, UK. His undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral studies were all undertaken at the University of London. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Fellow of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism, Fellow of the Association for Tourism in Higher Education and Academician of the Academy of the Social Sciences. His research concentrates on sustainability, epistemology and education and he has authored books on strategy, philosophy, economics, education and environmental management in tourism.
He was the specialist advisor for tourism for the UK government’s 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and is a member of sub-panel 26 for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). He is editor of Annals of Tourism Research and The Journal of Hospitality, Leisure Sport and Tourism Education (JOHLSTE).
Professor Brian Wheeller
Brian Wheeller holds degrees in Economics, in Applied Economics, in the Economic Impacts of Tourism, and in American Studies. His doctorate on Critiquing Eco/Ego/Sustainable Tourism contextualises the debate within the wider arena of tourism planning and management, policy and practice. In addition, his interests have evolved and broadened over the years, his current research revolving around the links between travel, tourism and popular culture – in particular literature, art, photography, film, music – and their relevance to contemporary tourism thinking. His research also embraces humour, image and use of the visual in tourism and tourism education.
He has considerable experience, nationally and internationally, of validating, auditing and external examining an array of tourism programmes, and of acting as external examiner for PhD candidates.
He is Associate Professor of Tourism at Breda University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands: Adjunct Professor of Tourism, University of Tasmania, Australia: Visiting Professor of Tourism at the University of Plymouth: Honorary Professor of Tourism at the University of Wales: Visiting Research Fellow at Leeds Metropolitan University and at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.