Neil Crawford has been appointed by Hays Travel Independence Group to recruit new members.

Crawford left Freedom Travel Group, where he worked in a similar role, in mid-June after five years.

He started as recruitment new business manager at Hays Travel IG on July 29.

He said: “It was time for a change. This job is ideal for me and having run travel agencies it helps me to build up trust with new members. I love helping new members set up their own independent businesses.”

Crawford, who previously worked for Wendy Wu Travel for two and a half years and has held roles at a number of other companies, is based from home and will visit agents at their businesses to discuss being a member of Hays Travel IG.

Crawford said the group had “ambitious expansion plans” to grow its membership over the next few years.

Hays Travel IG currently has 226 high-street stores and 276 homeworkers.