People 1st, the hospitality, leisure and travel industry skills council, has appointed Nick Basing, chief executive of Paramount Restaurants, as its new chairman. Basing, a Harvard graduate, is the latest high profile industry figure to join the council. He will replace Don Davenport, the Compass Group executive. Aside from his current role at Paramount, Basing has previously held senior positions at Granada, First Leisure Corporation and the Rank Group. Brian Wisdom, People 1st chief executive, described him as the “perfect role model in terms of enterprise and vitality”.