The Restaurant Group chief executive Andy Hornby, and former managing director of operations at Punch and hospitality consultant Paul Pavli, are among six new appointments to the board of trustees at charity Only A Pavement Away (OAPA).

They join Fiona Eastwood, COO at Merlin Entertainments; Mollie Stocker, deputy general counsel at Ocado Group; Jennie Koo, head of operations risk management for Capital One; and Maria Stanford, people and talent director at Westbury Street Holdings.

The appointment have been made in advance of the charity preparing and strengthening the strategy for its five-year growth plan. The charity, founded by Greg ManghaM, supports vulnerable veterans, ex-offenders and those who have suffered homelessness by providing them with work opportunities within the hospitality sector.

With the support of Damien Chisholm, founder of executive search firm Fraser Giles Partnership, the role of the trustees will be to oversee the compliance and governance of OAPA, while supporting its founder.

OAPA is looking to support up to 250 people over the course of the next year, with the longer-term goal of supporting a further 700 individuals back into work over the next three years.

Mangham said: “We couldn’t be happier with the calibre of experts we have making up our Board of Trustees. This is such an important time for OAPA and their insight and guidance will be absolutely fundamental as we grow.

“It’s well-known that homelessness numbers in particular have exponentially increased since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, so our role is more important than ever as hospitality enters a post-Covid world.”