Simpson Travel has appointed non-executive director Graham Horner as managing director.

He replaces David Bence, who left earlier this year.

Horner takes up the role at the specialist villa and boutique operator with immediate effect. He has worked at the company as a non-executive director since January.

His previous jobs include marketing director of tour operator Scott Dunn, marketing director of The Telegraph Media Group and head of loyalty at Coca Cola GB.

Simpson Travel founder Graham Simpson said: “We’re delighted to welcome Graham on board.  At Simpson we have a superb product, outstanding service and offer our clients an exceptional experience.  Graham brings with him a deep understanding of this, but also a fresh approach as to how we model Simpson Travel over the next few years – especially in these volatile times when inventive ideas can play such a large part helping a company like ours to develop and reach our true potential.”

Horner said: “I’m really looking forward to leading the business into the next phase of its development as we take Simpson Travel into the future.”

Simpson Travel offers villas and exclusively operated boutique hotels in Greece, Turkey, Corsica, France, Italy and Majorca. New for 2019 are Cap Ferret, Biarritz, the Basque Country and Aquitaine Coast in France; a boutique Corsican hotel and a new childcare concept and Simpson Nanny Service in Corfu.

Simpson Travel was set up in 2002 by Simpson, well known for establishing the Simply Travel independent tour operator in the 1970s.