Karen Davies, formerly of Novus Leisure, has joined Beds & Bars, the bars-meets-hostels operator, as its new HR director.

Davies stepped down as HR director at Novus after eight years with the company last October. Before joining Novus, she was retail HR director at the Spirit Group and served as personnel and training director at Scottish & Newcastle Retail.

Her appointment comes as Donna Hewitson, group human relations and training manager at Beds & Bars, is to step down next month.

Davies will take over Hewitson’s responsibilities whilst a replacement is recruited.

Hewitson has been with the group for 18 months and was previously learning and development manager for Greene King’s destination pubs and restaurants.