Former Spirit boss appointed Drake & Morgan chairman

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Bar operator Drake & Morgan has announced the appointment of a new non-executive chairman, Tony Campbell, former chairman of leading pub group Spirit.

He will support the board with growing the business, drawing on his experience in the licensed trade and over 40 years in retail businesses such as Asda, Ted Baker and Hobbs.

He currently holds a number of senior positions including non-executive chairman of clothing and home accessories retailer The White Company and menswear specialist TM Lewin & Sons and non-executive director of domestic furniture company The Original Factory Shop.

He was chairman of Spirit Group, and the Spirit Amber consortium formed to buy over 1,400 Scottish & Newcastle pubs, until 2006.

Drake & Morgan has also appointed a new financial director James Sherrington, formerly finance director for bar, club and restaurant operators Caprice Holdings and Birley Group.

During that time, James reported directly into the groups’ owner Richard Caring and oversaw financing to support start-up concepts such as Grillshack and Jackson & Rye as well as the joint venture to bring New York City’s Balthazar to London.

Previously, he was head of finance at bar and club group Novus Leisure.

The appointments have been made as the company looks to further strengthen its seven-strong estate this year after the £30million acquisition of the company by private equity firm Bowmark Capital last year to support a management buyout.

Jillian MacLean, founder and managing director of Drake & Morgan, said: “Tony comes with a wealth of retail and leisure experience and will be a fantastic addition to the team whilst James’s considerable restaurant experience will prove invaluable.

“I look forward to working closely with them both as we take the business through its next stage of growth”.

Drake & Morgan has a portfolio of seven London bar-restaurants, most recently opening The Fable in Farringdon in February.

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