Fast-food chain Leon has appointed Nellie Nichols to its senior team as a new director of food.
Nichols, who first worked for Leon in 2012, will rejoin the company in early 2017 to manage the food team as they develop seasonal menus for restaurants in the UK and overseas.
John Vincent, co-founder and chief executive at Leon, said: "If you know Nellie you'll understand why I'm so happy. Nellie and I worked on a significant development of the menu for two years from 2012 and it was a privilege. And always a lot of fun. She's back and I'm strapping myself in."
Nichols added: "I am very in love with Leon and always have been so I'm delighted to be going back to be part of its dynamic growth in 2017 and beyond."
Her career in the food industry has included working as head of food at Pret on two occasions, where she helped launch the brand in the 1980s, and later helped with its international expansion into New York, Hong Kong and Japan.
Prior to that she worked in food manufacturing for Hazlewood Foods and produced TV food commercials for Birds Eye Walls.
Most recently Nichols has been running her own food development agency, working with clients such as Marks & Spencer.
She is a member of the Guild of Food Writers and won a Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Sandwich Industry in 2009.
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