Jennifer McLaughlin has stepped down as head of food at Bill’s to join We Are Bar Group, formerly Kornicis Group, MCA has learnt.

McLaughlin joins We Are Bar as its new head of food after over a year and a half at Bill’s.

She was previously head of food development and training at Jamie Oliver’s Recipease format.

Prior to that she was an executive chef at Carluccio’s.

Kornicis, which was acquired in a management buy-in by Richard Stringer and finance director Ian Banks a year ago, formally changed its name to We Are Bar Group in September.

It is currently converting the bulk of its existing Jamies wine bar estate to its new eponymous brand.

Chief executive Stringer told MCA that the group’s Saint site in Paternoster Square was likely to be the next conversion to We Are Bar.

He said the first conversion - of the Jamies in Bishopsgate, which opened at the start of October – had seen a successful launch and opened up the venue to new trading periods.

He said the group remained keen to acquire sites for the brand but this was not likely until next year and that other conversions from within the site were being considered.