Charles Wells, the Bedfordshire-based brewer and pub company, has appointed Craig Mayes to its board as operations director. The 30-year-old took up his position on 1 January after previously serving as director of operations, head of operations of John Bull Pub Company in France and retail development manager at Charles Wells. Mayes will have specific responsibility for the ongoing development of the company’s relationship with its licensees. He will manage a team of four retail development managers and the new post of retail development executive. Mayes is the son of Colin Mayes, the former chairman of Charles Wells and the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers, who now runs Burhill Golf and Leisure, the 10-strong golf course operator.