Ian Neill, the former chairman of Wagamama and Las Iguanas, has stepped down as a non-executive director of Jamie’s Italian, MCA understands.

Neill was one of the original investors who backed the launch by Jamie Oliver of the Jamie’s Italian concept in Oxford in 2008. He was instrumental in hiring the brand’s former chief executive Simon Blagden, who oversaw the growth of the brand, before stepping down last year.

Neill is currently chairman of K10 Restaurants and Hush Hache Restaurants.

Last month, the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group confirmed the locations of the 12 UK branches it is closing following its strategic review.

The restaurants set to close are: Bath, Bristol, Bluewater, Chelmsford, Greenwich, Harrogate, Kingston, Milton Keynes, Piccadilly Diner, Reading, St Albans and Threadneedle St.

Under the terms of the proposed Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA), which is being handled by AlixPartners, the company is also seeking a 30% cut in the rent at eight further marginal sites. Creditors have until February 9 to vote on the proposals.