JW Lees has hired Nik Waring as its first director of people.

Waring will join the company on 1 June and will sit on its management board, heading up people development and HR.

She joins the group from webuyanycar.com after starting her career at Asda before moving on to Heinz.

William Lees-Jones, managing director of JW Lees, said: “People have always been at the heart of JW Lees and our ‘Be Yourself’ culture is all about helping every colleague working at JW Lees fulfil their true potential. We are looking forward to Nik joining us and bringing a new dimension to our board.”