Derek Jones, UK chief executive of Kuoni owner DER Touristik, is joining Abta’s board of directors with immediate effect.

He fills a vacant position on the board for a member elected by all Abta principals with an annual turnover of more than £50 million.

Abta chairman Noel Josephides said: “I would like to welcome Derek Jones to the Abta board.

“He brings a great breadth of experience and expertise that will be extremely relevant to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.”

Jones’ career in travel spans 30 years including roles at Thomson Holidays, Lunn Poly and Tui Travel.