Louise Middlemass has stepped down as managing director of Market Town Taverns (MTT), the Heron and Brearley-owned pub operator.

Middlemass joined the then 15-strong group from Whitbread, where she spent over 12 years, most recently as a regional operations director across its restaurants division, in the summer of 2016. She previously worked for Pizza Hut as an area manager.

She was promoted to managing director last February and oversaw the continued refurbishment of the MTT estate and the encapsulation of Heron & Brearley’s Okells business into MTT.

Middlemass had overseen an 18-month refurbishment scheme, which saw the company convert its estate into its PubCraft format

It disposed of one site, the Symposium in Bradford in July last year.

Middlemass described PubCraft an ethos rather than a brand, and adaptable to different locations and sites.