Our Consultants

With Butler Caroye Asia Pacific, you have senior, experienced supply chain insiders on your side.

Tony O’Connor

Tony has a B.Comm (Hons) from Melbourne University. He is based in Melbourne, was formerly based in Singapore and Japan, and has extensive business experience across Asia.

In 2017 he became the Deputy Director of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) for Australia & New Zealand.

Before Butler Caroye, Tony ran major tenders for Qantas, and earlier was an Asian institutional stockbroker and financial analyst for 11 years, working at Daiwa, Citibank and Barclays.

Tony then managed large tenders and financial modelling at FCm (Flight Centre) for two years. Since starting Butler Caroye Asia Pacific in 1998, he has worked on over 120 projects with travel buyers, and developed market leading procurement, benchmarking and analytical tools.

He has been a committee member on both the ACTE (2008-2010) and the GBTA (2009-2011) boards, and was a judge of the ATMC Young Travel Industry Executive of the year Award in 2013 and 2014. Tony designed the assessment methodology for the btTB Travel Buyer of the Year Award  (2007-2011), and was the builder and deliverer of the GBTA CTE (Corporate Travel Executive) Certificate Course, delivered 8 times in 5 cities over 2010-2012.

Tony has been the author of the “Best Practice” article in the main industry magazine, Business Travel Monthly, in every edition since 2002. Various other articles have appeared in Australia and overseas in Fast Magazine, HR Journal and BRW. He has commented on travel industry issues regularly for various news programs including Business Today and the ABC’s PM.

Ian Carew-Reid

Ian is perhaps the most respected identity in the Australian travel industry. After a 20 year career and senior management positions at Qantas, he went on to build Wings Abroad, one of the largest independent corporate travel management companies of the 1990’s. Wings Abroad was purchased by a global TMC. Ian then held senior management and board positions with HRG, Carlson Wagonlit and Jetset.

For six years, Ian contributed back to the industry as the Chairman of AFTA, the Australian Federation of Travel Agents. As the head of AFTA, Ian ran the agenda for the development of the industry nationally. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and industry events, and is well known around the industry as a selfless mentor to many younger managers and executives.

Ian’s other roles currently include Chairman of ATCC, the Australian Travel and Careers Council, and Member of the ATAS Code Compliance Monitoring Committee. ATAS is the national accreditation scheme for travel agents run by AFTA. It applies strict industry standards and codes of conduct.

Ian has worked with Butler Caroye Asia Pacific since 2006. His knowledge and sure-handed experience are invaluable.


Tony and Ian have presented at international conferences every year since 2005, including ACTE Singapore, Munich and Rome, GBTA Bangkok, Shanghai, San Diego and Chicago, and at every btTB Conference since 2004. Most recently, Tony helped to design the program and choose the speakers, and to moderate sessions and deliver workshops at the btTB-GBTA Australia 2015, 2016 and 2017 conferences, Australasia’s largest business travel event.


Butler Caroye Asia Pacific won the prestigious btTB Consultancy of the Year Award in 2008, 2009 and 2010 (all three years of the award), and was the first inductee into the Industry Hall of Fame in 2010.