Julia Rosamond has stepped as from Nando’s after 15 years to join Travelodge, the budget hotel chain, as its new HR director.

Over the last fifteen years, Rosamond has been instrumental in helping to develop one of the UK’s best known and fastest growing restaurant groups.

She led the creation of Nando’s approach to recruitment and training, helping the company grow to more than 300 restaurants, employing 10,000 people

No announcement has been made by Nando’s on Rosamond’s replacement.

The group was ranked first in the Sunday Times Best Companies to work for list in 2010.

Prior to joining Nando’s, Rosamond was HR director at Pelican Group, the operator of Café Rouge and Dome, after an early career at Rank, where roles included HR director of its branded restaurants division.

Rosamond will join Travelodge on 6 October and will report in to Travelodge’s chief executive Peter Gowers.

He said: “We’re delighted that Julia will be joining the Travelodge team. Julia brings great experience in developing distinctive brands through people and her role will be vital in our transformation, as we build a new Travelodge with the aim to become Britain’s favourite hotel for value.”

Rosamond said: “I’m excited to be joining Travelodge at such an important time in the company’s development. With the hotel modernisation programme well underway and fantastic people across the business, we’re in a great position to grow. I’m really looking forward to helping place people at the heart of everything we do as we continue to strengthen the service we offer for our customers.”