Brasserie Bar Co shuffles exec pack as it embarks on next phase of growth

Brasserie Bar Co, the business behind Brasserie Blanc and The White Brasserie pubs, has made two senior appointments at its head office as it plans its next growth phase.

Helen Melvin, who has been with the brand for over six years, moves from finance director to the newly-created role of director of people.

Melvin brings a wealth of brand experience and knowledge to the new role and will be responsible for the teams covering HR, recruitment and learning and development.

She has successfully guided the business through a strong period of expansion, seeing the Brasserie Blanc brand grow to 19 sites, as well as the founding and growth of The White Brasserie to an estate of 17 pubs.

She was also involved in securing £20m refinancing from OakNorth Bank to enable the continued development of both brands.

Melvin’s successor, Chris Guy, formerly with Loungers and prior to that Casual Dining Group, will join the business at the end of the month as finance director.

Guy has a strong track record in creating significant value in private equity-backed businesses and will bring valuable multi-site hospitality and in-depth operational experience to the role.

Mark Derry, chief executive of the group, said: “The people and teams within our business are of paramount importance to us as we continue to grow. Helen has always had one eye on the people side of our business; this experience together with the strategic approach that she has always demonstrated in her current role makes her the ideal choice to head up our people function.

“Chris’s wealth of experience in managing the finances within growing, multi-unit businesses will be invaluable as the brands continue to expand. We are delighted to have him on board.”

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