The Ivy Collection, the fast-growing, Richard Caring-backed group, has appointed Michael Clark, formerly of the Swan at The Globe and D&D London, as its new operations director, MCA understands.

Clark joins the 26-strong group after four years as managing director of the Swan at The Globe. He previously had stints with Gordon Ramsay Holdings and D&D London.

He replaces Duncan Colbeck, who stepped down as operations director earlier this year.

Colbeck joined the group in April 2016 after 14 years at D&D London.

Earlier this spring, the company appointed Mel Hutcheon, formerly of Belstaff and Top Shop, as its new marketing director.

Clark joins the Ivy Collection as its gears up to open a further four sites in St Albans, Winchester, Norwch and Dublin.

The company also has sites lined up in Exeter, Canary Wharf, Glasgow, Cardiff, Leeds and Oxford.