Clare Tobin, former managing director of Tui Travel UK Education and Specialist businesses, has been appointed chief operating officer of Leaders Ltd, one of the UK’s largest property rental agencies.

Leaders is backed by Bowmark Capital, the private equity company behind Jac Travel and specialising in leisure, healthcare and business services.

Tobin had been at Tui Travel UK, and before that First Choice, for 17 years before leaving last summer. She starts at Leaders Ltd in September this year.

She told Travel Weekly: “Whilst I’m sad to be leaving the travel industry I’m excited about leveraging my extensive operational and digital transformation skills in a new industry, with one of its leading participants.

“Leaders is currently driving a highly successful and sizeable buy and build expansion strategy through the acquisitions of individual and regional network agencies.”