CTN chain Mills Group has enlisted Arcadia Group's regional training manager Fiona Green as training director to sharpen its training function.
Based at Mills' HQ in Whitley Bay, Green will be responsible for identifying training needs for all employees and designing and sourcing training solutions.
She will also manage the implementation and renewal of existing training programmes.
In the 20 years she worked for Arcadia, she has implemented training schemes at Evans Retail, Top Shop and Top Man. In her last post she handled training for 350 Arcadia stores across Scotland, Ireland and most of England, excluding the south east.
Green said: "I am delighted to be given the opportunity to work with the Mills Group and I am certain that my previous experience will complement the existing team at head office."
Group MD Nigel Mills said: "I place utmost importance on staff training at all levels, as it improves staff performance leading to improved customer satisfaction and staff retention."