Don Bridgman, the chief executive of Brakspear Pub Company, is to retire after six years at the helm, triggering a boardroom reshuffle at the 145-strong group. Tom Davies, currently commercial director – and son of chairman and majority shareholder Michael Davies – is to take the reins as chief executive when Bridgman leaves in September. In addition, Jim Hill, finance director, is to leave the group with immediate effect after 33 years with the business. His duties will be undertaken by Bridgman until a successor is found. Tony Verey, property director, is retiring at the end of April after 24 years but will continue to work with the company for up to a further year. Martin Challis, a former managing director of JT Davies & Sons, is to join the board as a non-executive director – Brakspear was formed when JT Investments (JTI) acquired the eponymous pub group in 2006. JTI controlled JT Davies & Sons, which had 51 tenanted pubs.