EAT, the Lyceum Capital-backed chain, has made a number of changes to its head office team as it enters a period of consolidation under new chief executive Andrew Walker, MCA understands.

New appointments at the 112-strong group, include Said Takhamt joining from Itsu, where he was director of development, as director of operations; and Yvonne Small, formerly of Marks & Spencer and Pret A Manger, joining as commercial director.

At the same time, Ed Grimes, business development director; Neil Campbell, retail director; and Sarah Doyle, brand director, have either left the business or are to leave shortly.

Doyle has been with the company since 2012, and Grimes joined the business in 2007.

At the same time, the company is looking to appoint a new finance director after the departure of Strahan Wilson to Cote, earlier this summer.

The company has also simplified its head office structure, with all of its head office team now reporting directly into Walker.

Walker, who spent 12 years at Pret, including four and a half as its UK managing director, stepped down as managing director of business development at the Casual Dining Group (CDG) earlier this year.

It is understood that Walker, who replaced Adrian Johnson, who left EAT earlier this year, is currently undertaking a review of the group’s offer, systems and expansion plans.