Drake & Morgan has appointed Craig Mayes, formerly of Charles Wells, as interim operations director, MCA has learnt.

The 22-strong bar and restaurant operator has also taken on Darryn Valerio, who joins from Deltic Group, in the role of operations manager.

Mayes spent 11 years with Charles Wells, latterly heading up the company’s managed arm as well as overseeing Charles Wells France.

Valerio has spent just over a year as a regional director at the Deltic Group, having previously held operations roles at CG Restaurants and Bars and Novus Leisure.

Founder and managing director of Drake & Morgan, Jillian MacLean, said: “Craig and Darryn bring with them considerable industry experience and a proven track record of success. I am confident that they will do great things for the business and drive it forward in terms of further developing our team culture and operational systems.”

Drake & Morgan has a portfolio of 22 bars & restaurants across London, Manchester and Edinburgh, including Devonshire Terrace, The Listing and The Folly. The group is set to open its second site in Manchester this summer - The Anthologist at One St Peters Square, joining The Refinery at Spinningfields.