The Heart of England Co-operative Society has appointed Ian Machlin as area manager of its food division.

Machlin joins Heart of England from The Co-operative Group where he worked for 15 years in a number of roles, including fresh food manager, c-store manager and area manager, based in Luton and Milton Keynes. In his new role he will take responsibility for 12 stores in the Nuneaton, Hinckley and Leicestershire area.

"I was delighted to have been offered this position and aim to make my stores successful, building good working relationships and taking convenience shopping forward," he said.

"I plan to continue training, coaching and developing my team. I enjoy this part of my role very much and believe it is key to future success."

The food division of Heart of England Co-op operates 13 Foodcentres and 21 Lateshops throughout Coventry, Warwickshire, and south Leicestershire, employing about 600 staff.