Paul May, the chief executive of Patisserie Holdings, is to leave his role as a non-executive director at The Restaurant Group with immediate effect.

The Frankie & Benny’s operator announced this morning that May would step down 15 months on the board. It said a search for a replacement had begun.

Chairman Debbie Hewitt said: “On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Paul for the very valuable contribution that he has made since joining the business. We understand and accept his decision to step down and wish him all the best for the future.”