Fast-growing smokehouse concept Red’s True Barbecue has appointed Samantha Fearnley as its new head of people.

Fearnley joins the company, which will open its eighth site in Newcastle’s intu Eldon Square complex this October, after over two years as group people manager at leading marketing agency Stickyeyes.

Previous to that she was group HR manager at Pure Gym.

The group, which is led by James Douglas and Scott Munro, will invest £1.1m in opening a 300-cover, 4,100sq ft, prominent ground floor restaurant at the Eldon Square complex, creating 75 jobs.

Late last year, the group secured a further £9m of investment as it looks to open another eight to 10 sites over the next two years.