Chris Blacklock, the former Yates Group executive, has joined Ultimate Leisure as operations director. The move will see Blacklock once again team up with former Yates chief executive Mark Jones, who was appointed executive chairman at Ultimate almost eight weeks ago. Blacklock, who was at Yates for five years, was previously operations director (north) overseeing 60 bars. Prior to joining Yates Blacklock was at Vaux, the north-east brewer and pub operator that was acquired by Pubmaster.