The Inn Collection Group has appointed of David Campbell, formerly of The Coaching Inn Group, as operations director.

Campbell has over 25 years’ experience in the trade and was part of the senior teams at Greene King and Mitchells & Butlers.

He joins the 23-site group as it acquires several new sites across the north of England, including The Park in Tynemouth; The Carlton in Lytham St Annes, and The Wateredge Inn and The Waterhead Inn in Ambleside.

The Inn Collection Group launched its debut Wearside site, The Seaburn Inn on Sunderland seafront earlier this week.

Managing director of The Inn Collection Group Sean Donkin said: “David is a phenomenal hospitality professional and an outstanding operations director. Not only is he passionate about the sector and its people, he brings a wealth of experience and expertise into the group at a fundamental time of growth for us.

“We have an active pipeline of new sites coming on the horizon and David’s appointment is a statement of intent as we enter what is a dynamic new growth phase. We are looking forward to working together with him as we continue our expansion strategy which is to grow in sites and operations where we can add value, while continuing to build and nurture our exceptional team of people at all levels.”

Campbell said: “It’s exciting and very rare in these times to see a company with such a story of growth as The Inn Collection Group has. It’s a tremendous time to be joining the company and supporting with an operational platform that will facilitate the further success of what is a fantastic business, while being humble enough to understand we have work to be done in what is a challenging environment.

“It’s a pleasure for me to be part of that journey and bringing The Inn Collection Group’s vision to life and setting us up for further success.”

Backed by Alchemy and supported with banking lending OakNorth, the group’s estate list includes further venues in Northumberland, Cumbria, County Durham, Yorkshire and Lancashire.