On The Beach commercial director and Travel Weekly columnist Johnny Pollard has left the business to pursue new ventures.

Chief executive Simon Cooper said:  “I would personally like to thank Johnny for his contribution over the last six years and we wish him every success in the future.”

Pollard said: “I have been very privileged to work with a fantastic team of people over the last six years. I’m very proud of what we have achieved and am now looking forward to new projects. I wish everyone at On The Beach well.”

Pollard said an announcement would be made soon about his next project.

He joined On The Beach three months after it was set up by Cooper in 2004, having previously worked for Thomas Cook, Airtours, First Choice and call centre Holidays By Phone.

At last year’s Travel Weekly Globe Awards, he picked up two accolades: the Penny Akam Award for Unsung Heroes and the Agency of the Year title for On The Beach.