The Liberation Group has appointed Nigel Osborne as its new chief financial officer.

Osborne joins from Banner Ltd, a PE schoolwear provider, and has previously worked for Rollover Ltd, a food service wholesaler, and Bottlegreen Drinks Ltd, a soft drinks brand. He started his career at the accountancy firms BDO and Deloitte.

He succeeds Declan Hearne who has left the company after 10 years. In August Liberation Group announced that Sharon Badelek, of Novus Leisure, was joining in the same role but a change in personal circumstances led to her staying with Nous, MCA understands.

Chief executive Mark Crowther said: “Nigel’s appointment is significant for the business and we are pleased that he is taking on this role. We believe Nigel will be a real asset for the Liberation Group and his previous experience as CFO will help enable the Board to fulfil our strategic plan for the business. I know all colleagues across the Group are looking forward to welcoming him on board.”

Osborne said: “It’s a great pleasure to be joining Liberation Group. The team has built an excellent business and I am looking forward to bringing my experience in the food and drink sector to the group, and helping them push on to the next chapter of their strategy.”