Nando’s has appointed Trudi Van Niekerk to the new role of chief operating officer of the UK & Ireland business.

Van Niekerk has spent the last four years leading Nando’s licensed markets and will join the leadership team.

She joins Sarah Warby, who was recently appointed chief customer officer.

Warby has held various high-profile leadership roles, including innovation director at Scottish & Newcastle, marketing director at Heineken and marketing director at Sainsbury’s.

Colin Hill, CEO of Nando’s UK&I, said: “After an immersion in the UK&I business and market Trudi will lead the team on our journey from restaurant business to truly multi-channel restaurant brand whilst continuing to nurture the flame that has made Nando’s culture so special.

“With the appointment of Trudi in this role alongside that of Sarah Warby, who recently joined as chief customer officer, I am confident that we have the right leadership team to lead us through the next exciting chapter of our growth.”