Ei Group, formerly known as Enterprise Inns, has appointed Greg Parkes, formerly of Mitchells & Butlers (M&B), as its new commercial property director.

Parkes replaces Richard Broadribb, who is leaving the industry after 16 years with the company.

He will report to group property director Julia Poulson and oversee the growth strategy of Ei Commercial Properties, which currently has more than 300 sites with plans for significant expansion in the next few years.

He joins from M&B, where he spent the past 12 years in property roles becoming head of acquisitions in 2014.

Most recently, Parkes oversaw acquisitions for All Bar One, Miller & Carter, Harvester and Toby Carvery.

He said: “I’m relishing the challenge of this new role and the diversity it brings. I will call on my experience to grow the Ei Commercial Properties Business Unit during what is a very exciting time for Ei Group.”

Poulson said: “We’re delighted to have Greg on board to help drive growth across Ei Commercial Properties. He is highly experienced and the perfect candidate to build on the excellent platform Richard has created. Richard leaves with our very best wishes for the future.”