CMAC Group, the leading ground transport and accommodation company, is delighted to announce the appointment of Denis Wormwell as Chairman.


Denis was previously CEO of Shearings Leisure Group, the specialist operator of escorted tours and leisure hotels. After joining the business in 2007, he led a buyout of the group in 2014 before successfully selling in 2016.


Before Shearings, he held various senior roles including CEO of National Express. 


He is also Chairman of Visit England and a Non-Executive Director of the British Tourist Authority.

CMAC, based in Accrington, provides round-the-clock pre-planned and emergency ground transport and accommodation solutions, arranging over 1m coach, minibus and taxi journeys per year to Its customers. 

The privately-owned company, formed in 2007, is one of the UK’s fastest growing transport and accommodation services providers.

Steve Turner, Chief Executive Officer at CMAC, said Denis would bring valuable experience from across ground transport, tour operations and the hotel industries to the group.


He 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.” 


His passion for the travel industry began 30 years ago and has seen him take up senior roles at Club 18-30 Holidays, Flying Colours Leisure Group and Thomas Cook before joining National Express as CEO of the coach business in 2001.  He joined Shearings Group in 2007 and spent almost 10 years at the specialist holiday and hotel group leading a management buyout of the business before selling to new investors in 2016. 


Denis Wormwell said: “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."