Stobart Group has appointed a big hitter in the aviation industry as chief financial officer and executive director.

Lewis Girdwood took up the positions this week after moving from IAG Cargo, which provides global cargo services to British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus and other IAG airlines. He served as chief financial officer for the company since 2017.

Prior to that he was head of financial planning and analysis at airline easyJet and has also held senior finance roles at Premier Foods Plc, British Bakeries Ltd and Racal Electronics Group International.

Mr Girdwood replaces interim chief financial officer Michael Williamson, who will step down from his position following a short handover, said the group in a statement.

Stobart Group chief executive Warwick Brady said: "I am delighted that Lewis is joining Stobart Group.

“He will bring a wealth of relevant experience as we continue to implement our ambitious growth plans and provide the framework to deliver the company's strategy.

"I also want to thank Michael Williamson for his support over the last six months, during which time we have reported growth in our operating divisions, secured new debt facilities and successfully bid for the assets of Flybe."