Former Travelopia managing director Mathew Prior has joined Trusted Housesitters as interim chief executive.

he is taking over from Tim Lyons who recently stepped down from the house and pet sitting business.

Prior, who was managing director tailormade and marine for Travelopia, left the business last year.

He was formerly managing director of Crystal Ski, and also had responsibility for tailormade tour operators and the marine business within Tui’s Specialist Holidays Group.

Prior said: “I’m delighted to be joining Trusted Housesitters, a world class, rapidly growing digital marketplace. The sharing economy is becoming an established feature of peoples’ lives, pet ownership is growing rapidly, and people are migrating to purposeful travel experiences and Trusted Housesitters is at the heart of these trends.

“The incredible member loyalty combined with the fabulous team makes it a very attractive business to be joining.”

Trusted Housesitters was set up in 2010 and operates in over 130 countries. It employs more than 50 staff in its Brighton office.