MEET THE TEAM
Chairman & Co-Founder
Nico Nicholas started his first business aged just 22, and has founded a number of online B2C ventures since. Entering the rental world in 1999, he realised the potential for market improvement and decided to use his business acumen to create VillasDirect.com, offering his customers and partners high quality and professionally managed properties through a simple and intelligent booking system capable to deliver a high level of security and peace of mind. As a true "business artist", Nico has continuously strived to build the best companies in a multitude of sectors, which has been justly acknowledged through various nominations and awards received over the years.
Brand Director & Co-Founder
Elkie Nicholas is a design and marketing graduate. After her first career years were spent successfully in the fashion industry, her next move took her into the FMCG sector. Her adaptive creative skills have been continuously recognised by receiving many industry coveted awards. For the last 15 years, Elkie has focused on villa management and marketing for rental properties. Under her guidance as the brand and creative director, she has demonstrated that cutting-edge technology, combined with in-depth sector knowledge can build a beautifully simple, safe, efficient and unique rental booking system.
Chief Executive Officer
Adam Walsh is a Travel Industry expert who has been Managing Director of several businesses across the travel space, with experience in hotel and property management, travel technology development and online distribution. Previous roles with major UK travel companies like lastminute.com, Thomas Cook, TUI and smaller independents like Ski France, NBV Leisure, skiholidayextras.com and Eurogroup have given him a holistic understanding of the travel trade. During the last 35 years, Adam has been involved in several start-up and young businesses in the UK and Overseas.
Head of Finance
Simon Tattersall is a U.K. Chartered Accountant who has been Managing Director and Finance Director of several businesses across a range of sectors. Previous roles include being on the management team at Arthur Andersen & Co (now Deloitte) and Managing Director of Egon Ronay's Hotel & Restaurant Guides in the UK. During the last 25 years, Simon has been involved in a number of start-up and young businesses in various roles including Founder, Managing Director, Finance Director and Advisor.
Senior Software Development Engineer
The love for computer technology struck Giannis at the tender age of 5, when he had first contacts with his father's PC. Ever since then, his fascination and curiosity around computer software drove him from studying Computer Science at the TEI of Piraeus to software development jobs in various sectors (bank, graphic art, printing, operation of cinemas) to finally land at VillasDirect.com. Giannis has been providing VillasDirect.com with his software skills since the very early days and is a key player in our current and future projects.
Leisure & Ecommerce Advisor
With over 30 years' experience in the technology sector, working for globally recognised brands including Apple, Netscape, Digidesign and lastminute.com, Tom brings a wealth of experience in e-commerce, technology and travel. Tom is currently an independent Director at two publicly traded companies: software provider Micro Focus and global interactive entertainment and licensing company Atari, Inc. He is also founder of boatbookings.com, the largest online yacht charter company where he serves as Executive Chairman.