Tamsyn Hawkins has left Zizzi, the Azzurri Group-owned brand, to join St Austell, the brewer and pub operator, as its new people director, MCA has learnt.

Hawkins leaves Zizzi after over seven years with the brand, including the last two as head of people.

She replaces Jackie Scarfe at St Austell. Scarfe left the group at the end of last October for personal reasons after two and a half years with Cornish brewer and pub operator.

St Austell chief executive James Staughton told MCA at the end of last year that the company is geared up for further pub acquisitions after focussing on the integration of the Bath Ales estate.

He said the Cornish brewer and pub operator would look to add sites to its managed and tenanted estates. The Bath Ales Graze brand and St Austell’s own Samuel Jones model are being viewed as growth formats, while the future of Bath Ales’ Beerd brand is under review.

He also revealed that the multi-million pound redevelopment of the Cat & Fiddle at Clyst St Mary, east of Exeter would see the company create its first value all-day carvery model. He said this could also be rolled out if successful.