Jamie Oliver Restaurants has appointed Vince Hanley, an experienced catering and hospitality operator, as operations director for Union Jacks, its highly-anticipated new wood-fired flatbreads concept, M&C Report has learnt. Hanley previously had a stint at Mitchells & Butlers, focussing on its Browns brand. He also co-owns the King's Arms pub with rooms in Wiltshire, with Jamie’s Italian managing director Simon Blagden. The first Union Jacks, which highlight British flavours and ingredients, will open this November in the Central St Giles Piazza development in London’s West End. It is understood that a number of other “village-type” locations in the capital have already been viewed as possible further destinations for the concept, with Chiswick thought to be interesting the group. As revealed by M&C Report in July, the new concept will be overseen by Oliver and award-winning US chef Chris Bianco, who operates Pizzeria Bianco in Phoenix, Arizona, and is renowned in the US for his wood-fired pizzas. The concept’s menu is set to combine Bianco’s technical expertise and artisan dough-making with Oliver’s love of top-quality ingredients.