Mike Orchard is an independent consultant specialised in helping organisations evaluate and improve the effectiveness of their corporate travel programs. Mike has worked all sides of the travel industry having been a global travel manager, a travel category consultant, a senior executive within global TMCs and an account manager for an airline. Recently Mike ran the global travel category at Macquarie Group, where he rebuilt the category from the ground up, managing RFP activities in key categories: airlines, TMC, payment solutions, accommodation. Mike consolidated the travel program across 27 countries to one TMC, implemented new online booking and approval systems, introduced Uber to the travel policy and delivered significant savings through renewed supplier partnerships. Previously Mike worked with CWT and HRG in senior executive positions, based in Sydney, Singapore and London. During this time Mike led HRG’s global travel consultancy, he ran CWT Solutions Group in Asia Pacific and he was VP for Supplier Relations at CWT. During this time Mike led major travel sourcing and improvement initiatives for over 50 fortune 500 companies. Mike started his career in travel at British Airways in London where he managed relationships with a number of key global corporate accounts. Mike is a Bachelor of Engineering and is currently studying for a Masters of Data Science and Innovation.