Matt Thomas has been appointed managing director at catering and event management company Searcys.

Thomas replaces Chris Maddison, who joined Searcys in 2010 as sales and marketing director before moving into the role of managing director in April 2014.

During his tenure as managing director, Maddison led the integration of Searcys with Westbury Street Holdings (WSH) in a £20m deal in 2014.

Alastair Storey, chief executive of the WSH Group, said: “I would personally like to thank Chris for his leadership over the last two years. Searcys is a remarkable brand with an exciting future. In Matt we have appointed an individual who will continue its growth and look to deliver excellence for its guests and partners.”

In the last three months Searcys has extended agreements with a number of its long term partners including Allen & Overy, Vintners’ Hall, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Thomas joins Searcys having held a number of positions within WSH. Most recently he was managing director of WSH Restaurant, a dedicated restaurants division set up to support high-profile chefs in launching new ventures. Previous to that he spent six and a half years heading up BaxterStorey London.

WSH Restaurants backs ventures by John Campbell, who won a Michelin star for his new pub restaurant The Woodspeen in Newbury; Mark Hix; and MasterChef: The Professionals judge Monica Galetti.

He said: “This brand remains both timeless and elegant. I am excited by the future of Searcys and we will remain fully focused on delivering wonderful food and great service in iconic surroundings. We will also stay true to the values with which have long been held important, in turn caring for our teams and guests. It is these things and more that will allow us to realise our full potential in the years ahead.”

Searcys currently has a portfolio of 29 restaurants, bars, visitor attractions and events venues.