Former Shearings CEO joins ground transport firm

Denis Wormwell, formerly chief executive of Shearings Holidays, has become chairman of ground transport and accommodation company CMAC Group, writes Ben Ireland.

Wormwell had led a buyout of the escorted touring company in 2014 before selling in 2016.

Before Shearings, he held senior roles at travel companies including National Express, Club 18-30 Holidays, Flying Colours Leisure Group and Thomas Cook.

He is chairman of tourism board VisitEngland and a non-executive director of the British Tourist Authority.

Based in Accrington and formed in 2007, CMAC provides pre-planned and emergency ground transport and accommodation solutions, arranging more than one million coach, minibus and taxi journeys each year for its customers.

Steve Turner, chief executive at CMAC, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Denis to CMAC. His experience and knowledge will be vital at a time of rapid growth at CMAC and will ensure that we remain fully focused in all our business areas as we continue to expand. We look forward to working with him.”

Wormwell added: “I’m delighted to be joining CMAC at such an exciting time for the business. They have a great team, fantastic technology and have grown to be one of the leading travel solutions businesses in the UK. They have ambitious plans for the future and I am looking forward to being part of the next stage of their journey.”