John Derkach, the former chief executive of Tragus Group and managing director of Costa Coffee, has stepped down as chairman of EAT, the food to go chain, MCA understands.

Derkach, which joined the Lyceum Capital-backed group three years ago, stepped down after the company carried out a successful restructuring earlier this summer.

Andrew Aylwin, a former partner at Lyceum, has been appointed as the new chairman of the c100-strong chain.

Aylwin was appointed as a non-executive director of the Andrew Walker-led business at the start of this year.

Earlier this summer, Niall and Faith MacArthur, the founders of EAT, stepped down as directors of the business they launched in 1996.

Over the last year, the company has closed 10 of its sites to “offset challenging industry pressures” and focus on its London operations.

Positive negotiations with its landlords were helped by the fact that the group’s new format stores were trading up 10% on a like-for-like basis and that new funding for the business was close to being secured.