Stonegate, the managed operator, has announced the appointment of Clare Staples to head up its Slug & Lettuce, Missoula and Living Room brands.

She has worked for Gondola Group for 17 years and was most recently head of operations south for ASK restaurants.

In November M&C Report revealed that Mary Willcock, managing director of the Slug & Lettuce chain, is to become managing director of Brunning & Price (B&P), The Restaurant Group-owned pub group.

Staples’ role includes overseeing Living Room, the 13-strong brand acquired by Stonegate from Premium Bars & Restaurants in August in a deal thought to be valued at around £10m.

Staples started at Stonegate on Monday 6 January.