Tara O’Neill is to step down as chief financial officer of the Jamie Oliver Group, MCA has learnt.

Originally from Ireland, O’Neill, who has been with the company for six years, is set to relocate back there next year. Before that she will be overseeing a handover of her responsibilities to her successor, who MCA understands is Crispin Holder, formerly of the The Restaurant Group (TRG).

Holder, who spent seven years at TRG, will join the high-profile chef’s company as chief financial officer of its restaurants division.

Holder originally spent over three years a group financial controller at TRG, before becoming director of finance in September 2014.

O’Neill, who oversaw Holder’s appointment, will carrying out a handover period, which will will take in the rest of this year and possibly some of next.

In January, the company announced plans to close six of its Jamie’s Italian restaurants on the back of tough trading.

The restaurants were in Aberdeen, Exeter, Cheltenham, Richmond, Tunbridge Wells and Ludgate Hill, near St Paul’s Cathedral, and included two under the group’s Trattoria format.

Brunning & Price has since acquired the Cheltenham site, whilst the Ivy Collections has secured the Tunbridge Wells unit for an Ivy Café.

The group currently operates 42 sites under the Jamie’s Italian brand, after launching the concept in Oxford in 2008.