Steve Lawrence Deputy Chairman

Steve Lawrence - Deputy Chairman for Holiday Extras

After graduation Steve spent four years with Esso, then 10 years in management consultancy, establishing two operations associated with accounting practices.

In this capacity, Steve worked with central government departments, though it was his work with medium-sized owner-managed businesses that often seemed more interesting, fun and rewarding. His assignment with ABC in 1993, when they were turning over just £4m, turned out to be the beginning of a much longer relationship.

In 1994, Steve joined Holiday Extras (then ABC) as marketing director. Over the following two years he took on responsibility for the insurance business, then the Call Centre and in 1998 he became managing director.

Steve was chief executive officer for nine years at Holiday Extras - he was promoted to this role after the management buy-out at the end of February 2005. In October 2007 Steve headed up an acquisition of one of our competitors, BCP. And in December 2009, Steve took on the role of Group CEO of the entire Holiday Extras business portfolio. Steve stepped into the role of Deputy Chairman in 2014.

Steve is dynamic, energetic and a natural motivator. He insists work has to be fun (well most of the time). Steve is a strategist, but likes strategy to be interpreted into action.

As a man of action, Steve loves cycling, windsurfing, ski-ing and walking.

He is married to Rhona and has two teenage sons, Oli and Ben.