East Anglian pub and restaurant company The Chestnut Group has announced Henry Fairbanks as its new chief operating officer. 

With more than 20 years of hospitality and leisure experience, Fairbanks joins the business from Bermondsey Pub Company, where he worked as operations director from 2016, responsible for a 68-strong estate.

Prior to Bermondsey, he held a variety of managerial and operational roles at RealPubs, the Metropolitan Pub Company, Heineken UK, Adnams and Lord’s Cricket Ground.

“We are pleased to have appointed Henry to the Chestnut leadership team,” said Philip Turner, founder of Chestnut.

“He brings a wealth of experience and will be integral in achieving our ambition for Chestnut. Henry will be responsible for overseeing the trading business, as we see continued opportunity for strong growth.”

“I am delighted to be joining one of East Anglia’s fastest growing hospitality businesses,” added Fairbanks. “This is a fantastic opportunity to work with an ambitious team and some outstanding venues which pride themselves on a great experience and celebrating this beautiful region.”