Thresher has announced its new chief executive. Following David Williams' departure last month, the independent drinks retailer has appointed Roger Whiteside to replace him. Whiteside will join the off-licence chain next month.

Whiteside has previously led the online grocery business Ocado, and headed Marks & Spencer's food business.

Speaking to the Financial Times, group chairman Stephen Alexander said: "Roger is joining us at a critical time as we develop an exciting future through investment in our brands, formats, infrastructure and retail operations."

At the time of the announcement of Williams' departure in February, Thresher made no comment on the matter.