Tea and coffee retailer, Whittard of Chelsea has announced that chief executive Will Hobhouse is to step down to pursue other interests.

The company also said that Richard Rose, previously chief executive has been appointed executive chairman, and that Mark Naughton-Rumbo, previously finance and commercial director would become CEO.

Whittard said former Unilever branded food and beverage executive, John Bevington, is to join the board as an independent non-executive director. Bevington is also a non-executive director at Food From Britain.