Carrick has held previous general management and marketing roles, including at MyTravel, Saga Holidays and Forte Hotels and as the former CEO of Hoseasons led a successful buy and sell with private equity backing in 2010.
He is also current president of The Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Travel Industry Group and a board trustee of People 1st, the government sector skills council for hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism in the UK.
He brings over thirty-five years’ travel industry experience to Tots To Travel and as well as investing in the business will work closely with founder and owner Wendy Shand and CEO Rob Shand to help the multi-award winning business achieve its long term growth ambitions, providing strategic direction and sector advice.
Commenting on Carrick’s appointment Wendy Shand said: “We are delighted to welcome Richard as our new non-executive director as he brings invaluable
management experience and skill in the holidays and travel market and will be a tremendous asset to our board.
“Since we launched in 2006, Tots to Travel has seen seven years of consecutive financial growth and Richard’s in-depth understanding of the industry will help us to drive our ambition to deliver a further 20 per cent growth this year and provide a strong platform for the future.”
Richard Carrick added: “Wendy and Rob Shand are an impressive team who have already achieved significant growth and built great foundations for a very successful long-term business.
“Tots To Travel is now at a pivotal growth stage and I am looking forward to working with the company to support the brand and provide strategic options for Wendy and Rob to accelerate their ambitious aspirations and fulfil the enormous potential I believe the business has in the travel market.”
Tots To Travel is a pre-school holiday specialist representing more than 350 safe, family-friendly properties in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, the Canary Islands and the UK.
All holiday homes are inspected by a team of letting experts in line with Child Accident Prevention Trust guidelines and the Tots Essential Kit Guarantee means Tots To Travel is the only travel company able to promise properties contain 20 key items of equipment the parents of young children need, from pool barriers and cots to nightlights and sterilisers.
Notes to Editors
1. Richard Carrick currently holds several non-executive director roles, is an investor in a number of companies & acts as a consultant, in the travel, leisure & hospitality sectors; he is available for conference moderation & speaking engagements.
2. For more information about Tots To Travel go to our about page.