Scott Macdonald has left his role as managing director of Polpo, MCA understands.

The former Bill’s managing director joined the seven-strong chain last summer.

It is thought that co-founder Richard Beatty has taken over Macdonald’s responsibilities in the short-term but the company declined to comment on whether Macdonald would be permanently replaced.

Macdonald oversaw a consolidation of the estate, including the closure of sites in Bristol, Exeter and its Ape & Bird site in London’s Cambridge Circus, as well as abandoning a planned opening in Oxford Westgate.

It left the brand with six London sites and one regional outlet, in Brighton. Sister concept, Polpo, which Macdonald also oversaw, closed its Cargo 2 site in Bristol, leaving its debut Soho venue. The brand is due to launch at Heathrow’s T3 next month in partnership with TRG Concessions.

Joining last June, Macdonald replaced Luke Bishop, who had been managing director of Polpo for the past two years.

As joint managing director of Bill’s alongside Roberto Moretti, MacDonald oversaw the growth of the business with the opening of over 60 sites in four years.