“This has been a harrowing, emotional and stressful time. I have had to endure the ordeal of having my life’s achievements being tradduced in public.
I worked hard for decades to build my company and reputation. Is it any wonder I came close to tears as I gave evidence?
The treatment to which I was subjected was dreadful and I felt humiliated. But I am a strong and determined person and was never going to lie down.
In my career I have been awarded three lifetime achievement awards – two in the UK travel industry and a third from the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce. These mean the world to me.
And my reputation was brought into question.
I am delighted the tribunal has vindicated me. It has been a traumatic episode at a time when I should be enjoying the rewards of my working life. But the outcome has made it worthwhile and I am grateful to the tribunal, to my solicitor, Stephen Miller, and my many friends and ex colleagues for their support.
This was never about the money – it was about much more than that … my reputation and my standing in the industry.
I also feel for the staff who were with me over many years, some of whom have left their jobs and I feel a sense of responsibility.
Richard Branson told me that if you’re in business just to create money you won’t – there must be other reasons. He is absolutely correct.
I shall take some time to reflect as I consider the challenges which lie ahead. Despite my years, I remain young in mind and spirit.
And much more remains to be said and done. It may be the case that there will be further legal action in the future.”