Tony Hughes, the former managing director of Mitchells & Butlers restaurant division, has joined the board of the National Skills Academy - Hospitality. Hughes - a two-time winner of the best individual prize at The Retailers' Retailer of the Year Awards - said he hoped to add value to the board and help it deliver on its vision to identify and nuture excellence in the hospitality industry. He said: "The sign-posting to the industry's best courses and colleges offered by the academy provides huge competitive advantage for both individuals and companies." David McHattie, chief executive of the Hospitality Skills Academy, said Hughes' contribution would be of "enormous benefit". Hughes stepped down from M&B just over two years ago. He currently serves as a non-executive director of the Restaurant Group, the quoted casual dining group.