Marks and Spencer has confirmed chief finance officer Helen Weir CBE will officially join the company on the 1 April.

Weir joins the retailer following three years as chief finance director at John Lewis. Weir, who was awarded a CBE for services to finance in 2008, has also worked for Lloyds Banking Group and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

At the time of her appointment last November, Weir said: “M&S is one of the UK’s great brands. This is an exciting time to be joining the company and I am delighted to be part of the team.”