Thea Bardot (they/she)

Thea Bardot (they/she)

CEO + Thunder, Lightning Travel Recruitment Ltd

2023 Talent & Recruitment Award Winner 🎉

Thea (they/she) is the multi-award-winning trans-non-binary finery and AUDHD babe behind the disruptive Lightning Travel Recruitment brand. With their powerful voice and captivating storytelling, Thea has emerged as a ‘top voice’ on LinkedIn, recognised as one of the top 10 LGBTIA Voices in the UK on the platform, and has been recognised by the LGBTQ+ community as one of 5 LinkedIn creators to follow by PinkNews in 2023 and recently as part of Attitudes 101 LGBTQ+ trailblazers list ’24. They have also contributed LGBTQ articles to Conde Nast Traveller, been featured in Forbes and notably received the Recruitment Leader award at the UK Recruitment Awards, as well as Lightning being named as the ‘best recruitment agency to work for’ at the Recruiter Awards ’24. Thea is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and they use their platform to share insights into inclusive recruitment, neurodiversity, and transgender awareness. Their unique perspective and engaging approach have earned them a reputation as a thought leader in these areas.


These awards are incredibly important as not only a safe space for women and non-binary people in travel but also as a celebration of our successes both as a collective and individually. Having been a lucky recipient of an award last year, it’s an honour to judge this year and I would just like to say F*CK BEING HUMBLE and send in your application telling us about your successes. Take up that space, shine that light extra bright and come celebrate the international women in travel collective!

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