Marston’s has announced that Bridget Lea and Octavia Morley will join its board as independent non-executive Directors from 1 September 2019 and 1 January 2020 respectively.

Lea is current MD (North) at Sainsbury’s and previous held roles at M&S, Clark, Uniqlo and O2.

Morley is currently executive chair of Spicers-Office Team Group, senior independent director at Card Factory and a non-executive director of Crest Nicholson Holdings PLC and Ascensos.

Robin Rowland will step down as non-executive Director of Marston’s on 31 July 2019 after nine years.

“I am delighted to welcome both Bridget and Octavia to Marston’s,” said William Rucker, Marston’s chairman. “They are extremely high calibre additions to the Board and bring with them extensive experience of a wide range of leading consumer retail businesses which is highly relevant to Marston’s pub retailing and brewing operations. Their respective skillsets and insight will be of great value to the Group and we look forward to working with them.

“On behalf of the Board, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Robin Rowland for his contribution over his nine-year tenure as a Non-executive Director of Marston’s. His passion, energy and experience of the wider eating out market has been hugely beneficial during his time with the business and we wish him every success with his future ventures.”