Leicestershire brewer and pub operator Everards has hired Nigel Allen, former chief accountant at Enterprise Inns, as the long-term successor for its current finance director Mark Newman, who is to retire next September. Allen, who spent nine years at Enterprise, starting as its treasury manager, has taken up the role of executive director – finance at Everards, which operates over 160 pubs. Managing director Stephen Gould told M&C Report that Everards hoped the early appointment of Allen would provide a “seamless handover” when Newman stepped down. At present no decision has been at taken as to whether Allen will become a board member when he takes up the finance director role.