Marston’s has reshuffled its management team to bring its Destination and Taverns arms together, MCA understands.

The move means that the group’s mass-market managed templates sit within the same group as its portfolio of community pubs. The leased portfolio and the Revere division sit outside of the newly developed Marston’s Pubs & Bars.

As part of the change, the former operations directors for the two divisions have been given new roles. Andrew Carlill, formerly operations director for Taverns, takes on the same role for Pubs & Bars, while Iain Jackson, who headed up the Destination arm, has become director of strategy and services for the new division. Both will continue to report directly to chief executive Ralph Findlay.

Carlill told MCA: “We’ve always shared best practice across the company but what this does is bring together a lot of complementary skills. In Destination there has been a lot of work on perfecting the food offer and getting those new-build sites right. To that mix we can bring in the skills of serving the local community that run through the Taverns division. Especially with the projects we’re doing on new housing developments, we’re a part of building the community so having one team with all of these skills gives us more scope to do that.”

Carlill said the move would not affect the revised openings pipeline for the near future, which has seen Marston’s steady the pace to c10 new pubs, or the direction of travel for the sites the company is creating.

He said a focus on premiumising the experience for pub-goers while retaining value credentials was an essential part of the strategy.