Peter Smurthwaite has been appointed senior operations manager at Richoux Group.

Smurthwaite, who was responsible for developing the Coast to Coast brand from a fledgling concept at the Restaurant Group, has worked as an area managed at Ed’s Easy Diner since March 2014.

He worked for the Restaurant Group from 1988 to 2006 with responsibility for emerging brands. He was wholly responsible for developing the Filling Station Bar & Grill brand which has continued as Coast to Coast.