Corstorphine appointed as non-executive director at Sykes

UK: Holiday rental agency Sykes Holiday Cottages has appointed Shane Corstorphine, the former chief financial officer of travel tech business Skyscanner, as a non-executive director.

Corstorphine became the CFO of Edinburgh-based Skyscanner in 2012 and helped it grow over his seven years as a senior executive, playing a role in multiple investment rounds during that time.

He has now been appointed as a non-executive director at Sykes, where he will be applying his expertise in scaling up businesses to support Sykes’ continued expansion both in the UK and internationally. The rental agency currently has more than 22,000 holiday homes available across the UK, Ireland and New Zealand.

Graham Donoghue, CEO at Sykes Holiday Cottages, said: “Shane is an experienced leader in the travel tech world, and we’re thrilled that he has agreed to come on board as a non-executive director. We’re no strangers to rapid growth ourselves and I’m sure he will have a wealth of experience that he can use to help us continue that path both here in the UK and further afield.”

Corstorphine said: “When you’re a fast-growing business and well-known as a best-in-class employer, it can be difficult to sustain both, but Sykes has achieved just that. Britons have really fallen in love with the staycation over the past few years so the opportunities for Sykes and its holiday home owners are huge and it’s a great time to join them on that journey.”

Corstorphine’s appointment comes just weeks after the business bolstered its leadership team with a number of promotions and key hires.

Luke Squires joined as operations director from Virgin Holidays; Stephen Joyce was appointed as people director, having performed a similar role for Your Housing Group; and Adam Platt was promoted to chief technology officer.

Meanwhile, the company also completed the acquisition of LHH Scotland [Scotland] and Lyme Bay Holidays [Dorset and Devon] earlier this month, following the previous recent purchases of Suffolk-based firm Best of Suffolk, Welsh regional holiday home specialist Abersoch Quality Homes and Alnmouth-based agency Northumbria Coast & Country Cottages.