Waitrose has appointed Ailsa Emerson as its new personnel director.

She will sit on the Waitrose management board and will develop a plan to deliver personnel, occupational health, learning and development for Waitrose staff.

Emerson joins the company on 19 May from Lloyds Pharmacy, where she was HR director for two years.

She was previously HR director for construction business John Laing and has held other director of human resources roles at Brambles Industries and Rover Finance Group in an HR career that spans 25 years.

"I'm delighted to welcome Ailsa into this pivotal role during a time of exciting growth," said Mark Price, Waitrose MD. "She joins us with considerable depth of personnel experience across a variety of sectors, and will add immense value to our business."