Former Abta chairman John McEwan is to join the board of homeworking agency Holidaysplease.

This is the first new role for McEwan after retiring as chief executive of Advantage Travel Centres and stepping down as Abta chairman in May.

McEwan said:  “Holidaysplease has built a fantastic team, IT platform and customer loyalty. They have the potential to go far and I intend to help them achieve significant growth. I am so pleased that this is my first new directorship following my retirement from Abta and Advantage.”

Charles Duncombe, co-founder of Holidaysplease, said: “We are delighted that John will be joining us. People with John’s experience and abilities are extraordinarily rare and we are really looking forward to his help in fulfilling our expansion plans.”

The news comes after Holidaysplease recently announced a 30% increase in sales for the first five months of 2013 and is looking for aquisitions to aid its growth. The company has 45 homeworkers and 12 staff in its Birmingham head office.

McEwan will take up the position of Holidaysplease chairman from the middle of July.