Vision Capital - the private equity group which acquired Northern Foods' Fletchers Bakeries, Smiths Flour Mills, Park Cakes and Pork Farms businesses for £160m in November - has appointed Gareth Voyle as chairman of the portfolio.

Voyle will take up the role following completion of the transaction, which is subject to Northern Foods' shareholder approval next week.

He has worked in the food industry for 21 years, eight of which were at Geest where he was chief operating officer and chief executive officer.

"I look forward to building momentum to strengthen and consolidate the businesses' position in the market," said Voyle.