Tim Hammond has left his role as managing director of Whitbread’s TGI Friday’s restaurant chain, to take up the same position with Barchester Healthcare, the care home company. Hammond, who became managing director of TGI in July 2004, joined Whitbread in 2001 as corporate development director. He leaves as Whitbread is thought to be close to agreeing to sell its 46 TGI restaurants to Carlson Companies, the American travel and hospitality group, it has franchised the brand from for the last 20 years.