Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) has appointed Richards Edwards, formerly of Grosvenor Casinos and Whitbread, as a retail director for its c210-strong Harvester brand, M&C Report understands.

Edwards joins Harvester after over six years as operations director at Grosvenor.

Before that he was operations director of Beefeater and Premier Inns at Whitbread for over four years.

He also spent 10 years at Scottish & Newcastle Retail and Spirit Group as an operations director across Premier Lodge, Chef and Brewer, Old Orleans and Country Carvery.

Harvester has opened three new sites over the last month in Llanishen, Weymouth and Chesterfield.