C&C Group, the drinks group behind Magners, has hired Geoffrey Hemphill as a non-executive director with immediate effect.

Hemphill is currently an adviser to a number of private asset managers with responsibility for investment origination.

He was previously a partner in the private equity group of LJ Partnership, an independent, private wealth partnership with $13bn under advisory.

He was also a partner in the Guinness family private investment house, Iveagh, where he was responsible for private equity, investment origination and execution.

Prior to that, he was a director in UBS.

Sir Brian Stewart, chairman of C&C, said: “We are delighted to announce Geoffrey’s appointment as a non-executive director. He brings a distinct perspective which will complement the skill-set of the board as whole.”