Ben Levick, the former director of operations at TCG, has become the managing director of The Apartment Group, the North East-based hospitality group.

Levick left TCG earlier this March six months after the company had been acquired by Stonegate Pub Company. He spent over 11 years with the managed pub and bar group.

He joins the 11-strong Apartment Group, which is owned by Duncan Fisher, as it looks to continue to expand in its North East heartland and further afield.

It recently opened its new gourmet burger restaurant concept in Sunderland, Saucy Burger, after converting its tapas restaurant Dr Feelgood in Hylton Riverside.

The Apartment Group’s sites include the Georgian boutique hotel and wedding venue Newton Hall and the Joiners Arms inn, both in Newton-by-the-Sea, Northumberland; Nancy’s Bordello bar and restaurant in Newcastle; and Liberty Brown pizza restaurant in Sunderland.