Moorhouse’s, the Lancashire-based brewer has appointed Marston’s Lee Williams as its new managing director.

The appointment comes almost exactly year after David Grant left the company after 14 years in the role.

Williams was most recently marketing manager at Marston’s and before that spent 14 years at Daniel Thwaites in a variety of roles.

Executive chairman, Ian Parkinson, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Lee aboard and I’m really looking forward to working with him. Moorhouse’s has a first-class reputation for brewing quality beer and is one of the leading brewers here in the North of England. Lee’s appointment is our commitment to fully develop our potential in what is today a very dynamic and exciting beer market. Lee will be charged with delivering commercial success and establishing Moorhouse’s as a modern, contemporary beer brewer.”

Lee Williams, managing director, added: “Opportunities like this do not come around that often. At the heart of this business is an excellent range of beers and coupled with Ian’s ambition and support, Moorhouse’s is well positioned to achieve success across the coming months and years. I can’t wait to begin this new venture.”

The group produces Pendle Witch as well as the New Order collaboration beer, Stray Dog. It currently operates two pubs.