Steve Richards is to leave his role as chief executive of Casual Dining Group to take up the same position at Parkdean Resorts.

Richards will step down from CDG in June, after five years with the company. A search for his successor is currently underway.

The move sees Richards re-unite with former CDG chairman, Martin Robinson, who chairs the holiday park business. Robinson was replaced by Rooney Anand as chairman of CDG at the end of last year.

Anand said: “On behalf of the board I would like to thank Steve for his achievements as chief executive of Casual Dining Group. We will be appointing his successor soon and making a further announcement in due course. Steve will be helping us effect a smooth transition as we continue to grow and develop the business in the fast moving and competitive casual dining market.”

Richards replaces Parkdean co-founder John Waterworth, who has been chief executive for the past 20 years.

Robinson said: “On behalf of everyone who works at Parkdean Resorts, I’d like to acknowledge John’s immense commitment and passion for the business which has allowed him and the team to achieve so much. On a personal note, it has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with John over the last 18 months and he will retire with the business in great shape. We all wish John well in his future endeavours.

“We are fortunate to have such an able successor for the CEO role in Steve Richards. Steve has huge experience of consumer facing businesses built over 30 years in the hospitality sector, equipping him to drive Parkdean Resorts on the next phase of its development.”