Boparan Restaurant Group (BRG), which operates the Giraffe, Harry Ramsden’s and Ed’s Diner brands, has appointed a new international development director, as it eyes overseas expansion.

MCA understands that the company, which plans to expand its brands into Europe and is currently seeking master franchisees or area developers, has appointed Judd Williams to the role.

Williams previously spent 12 years at Costa, including the last two years as international development director for Costa Express.

At the end of last year, Boparan announced a number of changes to its executive board.

It appointed Nick Smith to the newly created role of commercial director. He joined from The Restaurant Group where he was director of purchasing for over a decade.

Simon D’Cruz took on the role of finance director, following Will Franklin’s decision to step down. He joined from Domino’s Pizza Group where he was co-finance director and prior to that, held senior finance posts with British Telecom, Delta Airlines and PWC.

Sam Wignell, brand director for Ed’s Easy Diner, expanded his role to include Giraffe World Kitchen.

The company is currently rolling out a new name and new design for its Ed’s Easy Diner model.

The new-look Ed’s Diner has already debuted at the group’s Bond Street and Lakeside sites. The rest of the now 24-strong estate will be converted by the end of this year.

It is also gearing up to launch the first site for Slim Chickens, the US restaurant chain, in the UK, on the former Giraffe site in Marylebone.