Bill’s, the Richard Caring-backed restaurant chain, has appointed Bridget Hutchinson, formerly of Whitbread and Prezzo, as its interim HR director.

Hutchinson joins the c75-strong group, which has recently embarked on a refurbishment programme of its estate, after a brief five-month stint as interim HR director at Prezzo.

Previous to that, she was interim head of HR shared services at Sainsbury’s and talent director at Whitbread.

Nicola Frayne stepped down from her role as chief people officer at Bill’s earlier this year.

Frayne dbeen with the company since August 2016 after moving from Turtle Bay. She was previously HR director at delivery firm, Whistl.

Lucy Craig, Bill’s head of people development, also left the group – after three years in the role, to join Grind as its people & culture director.