Stonegate Group has appointed James Metcalfe as director of marketing – insight and innovation.

Metcalfe, who joined this month, has spent the previous 10 years working at Diageo, most recently as beer marketing manager.

His previous roles at the drinks manufacturer included head of GB customer activation (on trade) and head of commercial planning and activation (on trade).

Stonegate is pressing ahead with its capital investment programme after reporting strong trading across the group.

The group, which reported results for the 52 weeks ended 26 September 2021, said its managed pub conversions completed so far are delivering “promising results”.

The period was significantly impacted by the pandemic and accompanying trading restrictions, but Q4 results saw a significant uplift in revenue to £350m (2020: £246m).

Stonegate recently appointed Daniel Wilkinson, the group’s strategy, legal and business development director, to its board.