Pret A Manger has appointed Kate Stein as global technical director to oversee the operator’s Allergy Action Plan.

Stein, who has 20 years of experience at Marks & Spencer, will also oversee policies on food standards, safety and consumer protection.

At Marks & Spencer, she worked in both chilled and ambient food sectors, and most recently was part of the M&S senior technical leadership team.

Clare Clough, Pret food & coffee director, said: “It’s a pleasure to welcome Kate to Pret. She brings extensive industry experience that will complement and enhance our Food team. Kate’s appointment will be pivotal as we continue to strengthen Pret’s food policies and transform our menu to serve changing consumer needs.”

Stein added: “I’ve always admired Pret and its ability to bring innovative, on-trend, freshly-prepared delicious food and drink to consumers. It’s been encouraging to see how Pret has transformed its business to improve food safety and support customers with allergies. I’m delighted to join the team at this point in Pret’s history and play a role in building on the progress to date.”