Kai Hepworth has been appointed director of operations at Marston’s, on the community food side of the brewer and pub operator’s business.

Hepworth, who joined Marston’s this month, was most recently director of operations at Zip World UK, but was previously operators director and regional operations director at Bill’s Restaurants, and before that was operations director – UK North at Costa Coffee.

Former roles also include regional operations manager at Whitbread, operations manager at La Tasca and area manager at Pizza Hut UK.

Marston’s also recently appointed Sam Wignell as its new operator director for the premium food business. Wignell was previously chief customer officer at S4Labour, and before than brand operations director at Boparan Restaurant Group, and chief operating officer at Harris + Hoole.

While Merlin Entertainments CEO Nick Varney will become a a non-executive director, with effect from 1 July 2022.