Our executive team

Simon Cooper – Chief Executive Officer

Simon Cooper is founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He began his career in the travel industry while attending university, when he founded a ski company called On the Piste. He focused the business towards groups of students wanting to go on budget-friendly ski holidays to the French Alps via coach. Simon Cooper operated On the Piste from 1996 to 2008. Meanwhile, in 2004, Simon began work on a new venture: On the Beach. When Thomson purchased On the Piste in 2008, Simon directed his full attention to his new platform.

Paul Meehan – Chief Financial Officer

Paul joined the business as CFO in January 2017. Prior to that, Paul was a Director at Gala Coral Interactive (Gibraltar) Ltd. (now part of the newly merged Ladbrokes Coral Group plc). Paul joined Gala Interactive as Finance Director in April 2012, as part of a new management team, re-launching an online gaming business in Gibraltar. The business successfully launched three new online gaming sites, taking the largest brand to be UK market leader. In November 2014, Gala Coral's two businesses in Gibraltar (Gala Interactive and Coral Interactive) were integrated. Paul became Finance Director of the combined business which continued to deliver market leading growth. More recently, Paul was the director responsible for the interactive planning and integration aspects of the merger between Gala Coral Group Limited and Ladbrokes plc which was announced in June 2015 and completed in November 2016. Paul previously held CFO/FD positions in a number of businesses in the UK, including online, gaming and technology businesses.

Alistair Daly – Chief Marketing Officer

Alistair Daly is Chief Marketing Officer for the Company with responsibility for demand generation, online conversion, repeat purchase and ongoing management of the customer service function as well as forward looking brand strategy. Previously, Alistair was Marketing Director at Lastminute.com and has over 20 years marketing and advertising experience with brands such as Prudential, HSBC and VisitBritain.

Jonathan Smith – Chief Technology Officer

Jonathan Smith is Chief Technology Officer for the Company with responsibility for the ongoing development and management of all aspects of the Company's technology platform and infrastructure as well as the Company's forward looking technology strategy. Previously, Jonathan was IT Director at Moneysupermarket.com and a senior technology and systems management consultant for Azlan plc. Jonathan spent his early career as a software developer and database systems consultant.

William Allen – Supply Director

William Allen is the Supply Director for the Group with responsibility for all sourcing and operations of accommodation, flight, transfer and ancillary suppliers including the Group's direct contracting system. Previously, William was Managing Director at bedbank, On Holiday Group, and Overseas Purchasing Director for MyTravel UK. William has 25 years of experience negotiating and managing supplier relationships in the short-haul beach market.

Oliver Garner – International Director

Oliver Garner is the International Director of the Group, responsible for leading the strategic, operational development and performance of the Group's international business. Oliver joined the Group in 2014 from Expedia Inc, where he was Marketing Director EMEA, responsible for business performance in the United Kingdom and Ireland, Nordics and new and emerging markets. Oliver has also held senior managerial roles in both TUI and Thomas Cook, focussing particularly on their online channels of distribution.

Kirsteen Vickerstaff – General Counsel and Company Secretary

Kirsteen Vickerstaff is General Counsel and Company Secretary for the Group, and is a solicitor with over 10 years post-qualification experience. She qualified at Squire Sanders in corporate finance where she advised private and listed companies on M&A, private equity, IPOs, reverse takeovers, company law and company secretarial matters. Prior to joining the Group, she was Senior Legal Counsel for Phones 4u and its group (including its insurance business Lifestyle Services Group, now owned by Assurant Inc.) where she handled all legal matters for the Group including commercial contracts, consumer law, compliance and regulatory issues, governance and company secretarial matters.

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