UK independent brewer Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries has named Jim Taylor as the new group finance director.

Taylor, 41, joins W&D from accountancy firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers based in London where he was a director in corporate finance.

W&D which is currently in the process of exchanging contracts to sell off its Camerons Brewery in the UK, beat off a hostile takeover bid last month by rival pubs group Pubmaster, 40% owned by German bank WestLB.