The Wolseley Hospitality Group has announced the appointment of Simon King as operations director.

King will join the business this month from his previous role as chief operating officer for The Birley Clubs Group and report to group CEO Baton Berisha.

King has worked in the hospitality industry for over 20 years, beginning his career at The Ritz Hotel in London.

He has held senior roles at Gordon Ramsay Restaurants, Danny Meyers USHG, Fat Duck Group, and JKS Restaurants.

Commenting on the appointment, Berisha said: “I am delighted that Simon is joining The Wolseley Hospitality Group family. I have worked with him previously and know how much he will bring to the running of our business. It is an exciting time for the group as we look to grow the business with new restaurants and concepts planned both in the UK and overseas.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Robert Holland who will leave the business to pursue new projects. Rob’s 20-year tenure with the business has been key in their success, and his leadership and experience as Operations Director has been invaluable to me and the wider team. Together we will be working to ensure Simon is onboarded and prepared for a smooth transition.”