Our people

We are committed to hiring only the most talented and passionate people in the business to ensure our clients get the best travel solutions and service.

Leadership team

Essential is a family business which means that we are much more motivated to look after you. No shareholders to answer to, no investors, no juniors and no bureaucracy. Just experienced people that really care, want to get it right and as a result grow our own business. Whatever our success, we plan on keeping a small leadership team so that we can focus on client delivery teams.

Jonathan Clarke, Founder and Managing Director

Keeps our price promise with good deals on everything from hotels to private plane charters. Jonathan also comes up with the most creative solutions when a client is stuck somewhere and needs to get to their destination urgently.

Ruth Clarke, Company Secretary and Accounts

Ruth and her team enable us to quickly and meticulously generate all the necessary data and invoicing for our clients. Essential for accurate and transparent financial reporting.

Norman Gage, Associate Director

There is nothing Norman doesn't know about corporate travel and navigating the plethora of travel operators, best fares and technologies. With a ridiculous number of years in the business, accolades, awards and honours, what uncle Norman doesn't know about travel isn't worth knowing.

Rocky Beavean, IT Director

Rocky runs our IT and gets the best out of our geek squad to reduce the cost of bookings, save time and make travel easier.

Tim Laslett, Financial Director

Tim's our money man who ensures our financial stability and is helping to plan our growth.

Dedicated agents

Each one of our clients has their own dedicated travel agent which we meticulously match and place according to your business and requirements. We take a lot of care to appoint the right person for you as it is their ability to really understand your business, their experience and skills and ability to develop a close relationship with your team that ensures excellent service and outcomes for you. These agents are employed and managed by us but will work as an integral part of your team.

Typical responsibilities include:

  • Journey planning and support
  • Ground and Air travel solutions, ticketing
  • Hotels and accommodation
  • e-itineraries
  • Travel app updates and alerts
  • Executive profiling
  • Visa and passport services