Tina English, former managing director of the Ignite Group, has been appointed commercial director of Indian Restaurants Ltd, the company behind The Cinnamon Club, Cinnamon Kitchen and Cinnamon Soho.

English, who was previously commercial director of Ping Pong and Paramount Restaurants, will focus on strengthening, refining and building the Vivek Singh-led group’s Cinnamon Kitchen brand.

She will also be tasked with “exploring and executing other brand development opportunities for the Cinnamon Group”.  

English, who has over 21 years’ of industry experience and expertise, has also worked as a freelance consultant for The Restaurant Group and Comptoir Libanais.

Singh said: “We are delighted to welcome Tina into a newly-founded position at the company. Her main focus will be to strengthen, refine and build the Cinnamon Kitchen brand and I’m sure with her extensive experience and industry knowledge, she’ll be a real asset to the team.”