Following his retirement from HSBC in June 2007 as Head of Business Travel and Expense Management, Tony established Pilcher Associates, which provides independent consultancy to the Corporate Market across all aspects of Business Travel Management. In January 2007 Tony received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the prestigious Business Travel World Awards ceremony in London and the following month was named as one of the top 25 most influential Business Travel Executives in the USA by Business Travel News (BTN) for his work in raising the profile of the impact of business travel on the environment. Both Judging Panels made particular mention of the hours Tony had spent sharing his knowledge with both travel managers and travel suppliers at formal conferences and in one-to-one briefing sessions, thereby demonstrating his influence and leadership across all aspects of Business Travel Management. Tony was chair of The Institute of Travel Management’s ICARUS Project’s Advisory Group from its inception in 2006 until he stood down in April 2009. Project ICARUS was established to promote carbon efficiency and reduction in travel management programmes throughout the UK business travel industry as well as providing guidance on wider sustainability and duty of care issues.