Duncan Garrood has been appointed as the new chief executive of Ten Entertainment Group, following the news, last week, that he was stepping down as CEO at Bill’s.

Ten Entertainment Group, which operates large-scale ten pin bowling sites, has announced Garrood will be succeeding Alan Hand, who steps down on 14 December 2018.

Garrood will join as CEO designate with effect from 19 November 2018 and take up the role as chief executive, and join the Board, will effect from 15 December.

Garrood commented: “TEG is a family-oriented business in the exciting and growing area of experiential leisure.

“I am pleased to be joining a business with a proven model and in a robust, growing market. I look forward to working with the Board and the team to develop this business further.”

Nick Basing, chairman, Ten Entertainment, commented: “We ran a deep and wide-ranging search process and we are delighted to appoint Duncan as the new Chief Executive.

“We sensed his significant enthusiasm for the opportunities in the business. But he also has a strong track-record that clearly demonstrates his ability to grow businesses and build brands, operating in consumer facing markets.”

Former Punch chief executive, Garrood stepped down as chief executive of Richard Caring-baked Bill’s Restaurants after less than 10 months in the role.

The company said, last week, that Garrood had left to “focus on other ventures and new opportunities”. MCA understands that executive chairman David Campbell, the former Wagamama chief executive, who joined Bill’s in July, and Sarah Hills, the company’s recently appointed executive operations director, will oversee the running of the chain.

Commenting on his departure Garrood had said: ”Whilst it has been a relatively short time at Bill’s, a lot of great things have been achieved. A high quality management team is in place; superbly transformed restaurants, which we call New Look Bill’s, are being rolled out and enthusiastically received by guests and they are performing strongly. Bill’s has a new digital presence and has the best team of restaurant staff I’ve had the pleasure to work with.

”Whilst it’s time for me to move on to new challenges, more about which will follow soon, I know the team at Bill’s will go from strength to strength and my heartfelt thanks for all their support, energy and dedication. I shall continue to be an enthusiastic supporter of Bill’s.”