Nightcap has appointed Dawn Donohue as the new managing director of its London Cocktail Club (LCC) business.

The hospitality group, formed by investors Sarah Willingham and Michael Toxvaerd, acquired the food and entertainment-led business earlier this year.

Donohue, formerly of Enhanced Hospitality, has been taken on to lead the growth of LCC, and replaces Michelle Hall, who is leaving after six years at the company to pursue other opportunities abroad.

One of Nightcap’s key priorities is to build a pipeline of sites for LCC both inside London and out. Donohue has more than 20 years’ experience in the sector, running premium bars and nightclubs, and was an original senior team member at Urbium/Novus and saw the group expand across the West End and nationally.

Nightcap, which also acquired Adventure Bar Group last month, is currently in negotiations on several new leases for LCC as part of its aim to expand the business from its current 10 locations, to approximately 40 over the next five years.

Willingham, chief executive, Nightcap, said: “All of us at Nightcap are thrilled to have appointed someone of Dawn’s calibre and talent to drive the growth of London Cocktail Club. She has helped to launch and run a number of fantastic businesses over the years and has an unmatched track record in the late-night sector.”

Added Donohue: “I’m thrilled to be joining the team at LCC. It’s a fantastic brand that I’ve admired for many years and I’m excited to be able to bring my love of the late-night sector and extensive management experience to the Nightcap team. Together we have ambitious plans to rejuvenate and reimagine the on-trade for the future.”

Nightcap recently raised £10m through a share placing to help fund the rollout of both LCC and Adventure Bar Group, and to enable further acquisitions.