Fuller’s finance director Adam Councell has informed the board of his intention to step down from his role at the pub and hotel business.

Councell has decided to return to the services sector to take up a role with Marlowe plc – a security systems service company.

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

Councell will remain in his current role, and on the board, until a successor has been appointed in order to ensure an orderly handover, said the company.

The board at Fuller’s said that while it was “naturally disappointed” with Councell’s decision, “it would like to take this opportunity to express its appreciation for the contribution that he has made during his tenure with the company”.