Liz Phillips, former HR director at Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) has joined Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, one of the UK’s largest independent hotel groups, as its new director of people.

Phillips, who will take up her role new from 1 September, is currently interim HR director at Krispy Kreme.

Previous to that, she was HR Director at M&B, overseeing brands including All Bar One, Miller & Carter, Browns and Premium Country Restaurants. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and a visiting Fellow of Birmingham City Universality.

MacDonald Hotels, which operates 55 hotels and resorts across the UK, Ireland, Spain and Portugal, recently announced the investment of £1.25m over a three-year period in a new cloud-based HR system.

Ruaridh Macdonald, deputy chief executive, said: “The Macdonald Group now has more than 4,000 staff across our numerous locations. Our staff are at the heart of the excellent service that we offer our millions of guests year after year. Liz has vast experience in developing employer brands, leading on training and recruitment and developing talent, all of which will be fundamental to effectively delivering our people strategy.”