UK drinks retailer Thresher Group has appointed Patrick Copeland as its non-executive chairman.

Copeland was previously a senior executive with companies such as Forte, Intercontinental Hotels, Minit and International Distillers & Vintners.

Copeland said: "With the recent change in ownership, this is an exciting time to be joining the board of Thresher Group."

Thresher chief executive Yvonne Rankin added: "Patrick has a wealth of complementary experience and expertise in our industry and in managing issues that I am sure will be invaluable in achieving our strategic goals."