James Spragg is to step down as chief executive of The Big Table after six years at the business – formerly known as Casual Dining Group.

He will be succeeded by Alan Morgan, who is currently chief executive of GLH Hotels.

Spragg has led the business through the challenges of the pandemic which saw the operator of Las Iguanas, Bella Italia and Café Rouge appoint administrators last summer, before being acquired by private equity firm Epiris in August 2020.

The business then rebranded as The Big Table, but continued to be led by Spragg and the existing management team. Former CEO of Spirit Group Mike Tye was appointed as non-executive chairman the following month.

In a note to Big Table employees today, Tye said that on behalf of the board he wanted to thank James for his many achievements during his six years at the business, not only as CEO of The Big Table Group, but previously as chief operating officer and MD of both Café Rouge and Bella Italia.

“I am pleased to also announce that we have appointed a successor. Alan Morgan, currently CEO of GLH Hotels, will join the business, as CEO. Alan brings with him a wealth of leadership experience gained across the hotel, leisure and hospitality industries and I know will be a great addition at The Big Table,” said Tye.