Fuller’s has announced that its finance director James Douglas has decided to step down from his role, and will retire from the board in December 2018.

Douglas, who has worked at Fuller’s for the past 11 years, is moving to Germany with his family, where his wife, Dr Anke Hoeffler, has been awarded a Humboldt Professorship.

Fuller’s said the search for a replacement was underway.

Chairman Michael Turner said: “The board at Fuller’s would like to thank James for his contribution to Fuller’s success during the last 11 years. James has been a valued and supportive member of the Board. He leaves with our very best wishes and we all wish him every success in his future endeavours in Germany.”

Douglas added: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Fuller’s – it is a truly great business with an exciting future. I wish Michael, Simon, my other board colleagues and everyone at Fuller’s continued success.”