Dorset-based pubco Hall & Woodhouse has appointed Paul Barnett as its new group financial director.

Previously a partner at Deloitte, Barnett is a chartered accountant, fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, and has worked with globally listed companies including Just Eat, Anglo American and Rio Tinto.

In his new role as FD, he will lead the finance and IT teams across the company and will be responsible for delivering its financial and IT strategy.

Commenting on his new role, Barnett said: “Given current events it is a fascinating time to be joining H&W. I have been fortunate that through my time with Deloitte, I have worked with many of the world’s largest companies through both good and bad times. I will use these experiences to help drive and deliver H&W’s ambitious growth strategy.

“A key part of my role will be team leadership. I am passionate about supporting my people to enable them to achieve their career goals. I am already enjoying getting to know everyone in the business and visiting all our pubs.”