Rebecca Payton, former marketing and catering director at JD Wetherspoon, has joined the Gondola-owned Zizzi chain as operations director.

Payton joins the c125-strong restaurant chain after leaving JDW earlier this year after 15 years with the company, including stints as acting commercial director, head of food and general manager.

Helen Jones recently stepped down as managing director of Zizzi to join Caffè Nero. Under her leadership, the chain has opened 22 new restaurants and transformed a further 56.