Mike Wardell, the founder of the Pound Pubs concept, has joined Timothy Taylor as estates operations director, MCA has learnt.

Wardell has spent the past year as an operations manager at Casual Dining Group.

Here for You Hospitality, which ran Pound Pubs and several independent venues, put its 10-strong estate on the market in early 2016.

The “no frills” pub venture PoundPub, which offered pints for £1.50 and halves for £1, was launched in 2014. It operated five pubs and Wardell was planning to expand nationwide through a franchising model.