PubLove, the Ei Group joint venture, has appointed Matthew Aket as operations director.

Aket was most recently operations manager at fellow EI Managed Expert company, Hippo Inns. Prior to that he worked at Greene King and was involved in setting up Brakspear’s managed division.

PubLove, the Ben Stackhouse-led group currently operates five sites in central London but has ambitious plans to scale up this year with four openings planned, as well as a refurbishment programme.

PubLove became the seventh partnership under EiG’s Managed Expert programme when the pubco acquired a stake in April 2017.