Tina Waters – Managing Director
Tina was born in Washington DC and raised in Arlington, Virginia.
Her first, though extremely significant contribution to the music business, came in 1972 when she was backstage at a Flying Burrito Brothers gig and overheard Chris Hillman telling Gram Parsons about a female singer he’d just seen but didn’t know how to get in touch with. “That’s Emmylou Harris” said Tina “I’m her babysitter”. A quick phone call was made to Emmylou to make sure it was fine to give Gram her number, and the rest, as they say, is country rock history!!!
Shortly after that, Tina moved to New York City where she got her first job in the music business working with the enigmatic booking agent Jonny Podell at his BMF agency, home to Alice Cooper – whom she ended up onstage with dressed as a nurse, wrestling him into a straight jacket as part of the stage show.
Yo-yo-ing between New York and LA between 1972 and 1976 saw Tina working for concert promoters Pacific Presentations, where she coordinated all the hotels for the artists performing at the California Jam. She returned to New York to work for Jonny Podell again in New York, and in December of 1975 was offered a job working with Bill & Taffy Danoff with the Starland Vocal Band who were just about to have their first hit, ‘Afternoon Delight’. 1977 saw Tina return to LA where she helped open the LA office of Tasco Sound. She then worked at the Sunset Marquis hotel in West Hollywood, before joining the sound and lighting company TFA/Electrosound, where she worked in the management division representing The Tubes before moving on to the sound division. She then became part of the GLS Productions team ran by the renowned tour and production managers Gerry Stickells & Chris Lamb. Here Tina worked in the office and on the road as assistant tour manager on several major American tours including those by Queen, Elton John, and ABBA.
Whilst on the road, Tina spotted the need for a more focused look at the logistics of travel and accommodation for touring bands, a responsibility she had already assumed for some of the GLS clients. Working first for Revel Travel and Earth Travel, in the mid eighties she became a key agent at Air Apparent.
Wishing to broaden her horizons after several years of booking travel in the States, she moved to London in 1989, joining Travel By Appointment, where she established herself as one of Europe’s leading travel agents. That much so that she was head hunted by rival firm Trinifold Travel who offered to open up a Glasgow office specifically for her so that she could work in the same town as her husband. Tina opened Trinifold Travel in Glasgow in 1993 and built the business of the Glasgow office steadily. In 1999 she conducted a management buy out of the Glasgow office, and the Tour Company was born!
Tina was presented with the highly prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award at the Woman of Year Awards for the Music Industry and Related Media in 2005.
Tina is on the fund raising committee for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland.
Lindsey Young – Senior Travel Agent
Lindsey started out in the travel industry straight from school, working for the National Union of Students Travel Service, then learned all the aspects of business travel working for Bales Travel. Wanting to broaden her travel knowledge further she took a temporary position with TWA which led to a permanent job at Qantas Airways. She started off in the reservations team, then progressed to working in the ticket offices in central London and then became reservations supervisor. All this excellent experience stood her in good stead when she moved to the entertainment travel industry in 1986 and hasn’t looked back!
As well as working on tours and travel for this sector she was also required to advance the travel on some of her tours, which was invaluable experience, giving a great insight into how the tours worked in practice. She relocated from London to Bournemouth in 2011 and enjoys bike riding and enjoying the beach when she has spare time.
Louise Fisher – Senior Travel Agent
Louise started her travel career by studying Travel and Tourism at Glasgow Metropolitan College. Upon finishing the course she started working in the hospitality industry and began working in a local hotel. After a few years at the hotel she left to work for a well known worldwide tour operator, where she developed a love for travel. Gaining lots of travel knowledge and after several years with the company it was time for a new challenge. Louise found the Tour Company online and thought it would be great to work for a company that combined her love of music and travel! Louise is affectionately known as “Fishy”.
Lyndsay Thomson – Senior Travel Agent
Lyndsay started working in the entertainment travel industry when she moved to London from Aberdeen in 2005 and became an assistant to a senior travel agent. Over the years she gained incredible experience in the touring world as a tours consultant and after 11 years living in London decided to move back to Scotland and was delighted to join The Tour Company and be able to continue working in the industry she has grown to love.
Finance & Office Support
Julie Brown – General Manager
Julie is our longest running member of staff. She started working with Tina in 1996 at Trinifold Travel on work experience, while doing a Travel and Tourism course. It didn’t take long before Julie became a fully fledged member of the team and was employed as office junior. Since then Julie has worked her way through the “ranks” and is now our general manager, working on the day to day needs of the office as well as helping out the travel team when she can.
Maxine Russell – Finance Manager
Maxine started with the company in 2009 coming in to replace the previous accounts chap who was retiring. Throughout her career she has worked in varied financial areas within the private and public sector working her way up from a Purchase Ledger Clerk to a Management Accountant. Following her employment with The Tour Company the finance department expanded to accommodate the Companies growing clientele and Maxine as the Finance Department Manager now oversees the smooth day to day running of the accounts section and 2 accounts assistants.
Linsey Alexander – Finance Assistant
Linsey joined The Tour Company in May 2008 after 6 years in recruitment. Linsey started work at 16 as an office junior and worked her way through to senior administrator and onto recruitment co-ordinator. Deciding that recruitment wasn’t for her, Linsey looked for a new career path and through a friend, was given The Tour Company contact details. Initially employed as our receptionist Linsey quickly progressed and moved over to work within the accounts team.