Another director has left the troubled parent of Patisserie Valerie, marking the latest change to the board in the wake of its brush with collapse last year.
Non-executive director James Horler will leave with immediate effect to focus on his position as chief executive of Ego Restaurants, Patisserie Holdings said on Monday.
Mr Horler, who is also chairman of coffee chain Notes and restaurant group Ping Pong, is a frequent business partner of Patisserie’s chairman Luke Johnson.
His departure is the latest in a string of changes to the group’s board.
It leaves Mr Johnson and non-executive director Lee Ginsberg as the only remaining board members who have been in their posts since before the discovery of a black hole in the company’s accounts in October last year.
The accounting irregularities pushed the group into a crisis which saw it almost cease trading.
A rescue plan was passed by shareholders in November, resulting in the issue of £15 million worth of new shares.
Chief executive Paul May left the company later that month and was replaced by turnaround specialist Stephen Francis.
New finance boss Nick Perrin joined Patisserie in December, replacing predecessor Chris Marsh who had quit in October.
Meanwhile, Mr Johnson has pledged to step back from his other commitments at a range of leisure companies to focus on the recovery of Patisserie Holdings.
The firm’s shares remain suspended on London’s junior market.