TrustedHousesitters has appointed a new CEO among four executive appointments.

Former TUI MD Mathew Prior has taken the top job at the world’s largest house and pet sitting platform, which is seeing 50 per cent year-on-year growth.

The platform, which currently has 80,000 members, connects pet owners with like-minded sitters who provide free in-house pet care in return for a place to stay. To date it has facilitated over four million nights of house and pet sitting globally.

The firm was acquired by private equity firm Rockpool Investments in October 2018.

TrustedHousesitters has also appointed James Hamlin, former MD of TaskRabbit as Chief Growth Officer, and Natalia Avdeeva, former Digital Product VP of WikiTribune as Chief Product Officer, and Martin Poole, former Group Financial Controller of Inspiring Learning as Chief Financial Officer.

They will form the senior leadership team alongside Chief Technology Officer Will Ogden.

Cath Keers has also joined the TrustedHousesitters board as Chairman, having previously held non-executive director positions at Funding Circle and Sage. She is currently also chairman of the B-corp product design studio ustwo.

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Keers said: “We are delighted to announce the appointments of Matthew, James, Natalia and Martin to their roles within TrustedHousesitters’ executive management team. Together they bring a wealth of experience in travel and consumer technology.”

Prioer said: “I’m truly thrilled to be joining TrustedHousesitters at such an exciting time in their growth. I believe we’re only scratching the surface of the market opportunity.

“With my direction and the new executive management team, I’m confident we will continue to drive growth across our key markets, providing an innovative solution to a problem millions of pet owners face.

“I’m looking forward to taking TrustedHousesitters to the next level.”