John Kinnear, Head of Programmes, the Family Holiday Association
John has been involved with the Family Holiday Association for three years having worked previously with charities like BBC Children in Need and Volunteering Matters.
What was your career path into the industry?
I’ve always worked for charities and wanted my next move to be to an organisation that focused on doing one thing really well.
What challenges does your organisation currently face and how do you predict changes or the future?
I’ve been amazed at the difference that a short break or day out can make for a struggling family and am passionate about the potential that domestic travel and tourism has to change lives. In the next five to ten years, I fear that we’ll see even more families unable to take a break, on top of the one in three, who aren’t able to today.
What is the best piece of business advice you have been given and by whom?
Without doubt, advice from my first boss. …‘make sure you bring people on the bus with you’ basically if you want people to help you don’t cheese them off.
What do you most like to listen to on the radio on your way to and from work?
I either read or listen to ‘Coffee Break Spanish’ podcast as I’m trying to learn…..
What do you enjoy most out of working hours?
I love keeping fit – mainly via British Military Fitness – and it is great to be outdoors in all weathers.
If we could give you three guests, who would like most like to sit down to dinner with and why?
Mary Beard – such an interesting person and conversation would flow. Barack Obama – he will motivate me to be a better person! My friend Martin – always excellent company (though wine spillages are an issue).
Do you have any claims to fame?
My old babysitter is the Krankies’ niece (does this even count as ‘fame’?)
Where do you prefer to take your holidays?
I like to go on walking holidays in the UK and to explore cities and mountains further afield.