Goals Soccer Centres has announced that former Whitbread executive Mark Jones is to step down from his role as chief executive.

The group said Jones had decided to take another role in the private sector but would continue in his role until a successor is found.

Jones, who joined the group in July last year from the Rank Group, was previously managing director of Mecca Bingo; chairman and chief executive of Premium Bars and Restaurants and chief executive of Yates Group. He also held various roles within Whitbread.