The Barkby Group, the premium gastropub operator and coffee group, has appointed Douglas Benzie as chief financial officer.

Benzie joins Barkby from Pure, the healthy fast food brand backed by Whitbread, where he was finance director for nearly three years.

Prior to this, he held the roles of group financial controller and chief accountant at Pret A Manger and was part of the team that helped grow the company from revenues of around £300m to around £800m and increased EBITDA from £35m to £95m.

Benzie is expected to join Barkby Group in Q2 2020 and will be appointed to the board as an executive director.

Charles Dickson, executive chairman of the Barkby Group, said: “Doug brings with him extensive experience of senior finance roles in the food and beverage sector and will be a fantastic addition to the board and senior management team. I look forward to working with him as we embark upon our journey as a listed business.”