Laura Carr is to be appointed as CFO if Dunelm Group this autumn.

Laura is currently group financial controller of Compass Group, the FTSE 30 multinational contract food, hospitality and support services company, a position which she has held since February 2017. Prior to this she was CFO of Indigo Books & Music, Canada's largest book, gift and speciality toy retailer, from 2014 to 2017. Laura held a number of senior finance roles with Japan Tobacco International between 2004 and 2013. She qualified as a chartered accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Laura succeeds Keith Down, who is stepping down to take up a role closer to his family home, as announced in February. David Stead, Dunelm's former CFO, has joined the group as interim CFO to help smooth the transition.

Andy Harrison, chairman of Dunelm, says: "We are looking forward to Laura joining the Dunelm team to work with Nick Wilkinson, our new CEO. Laura brings a breadth of business and finance experience, which will really help us to achieve our ambitious business plans to become the leading multichannel retailer in our space".

Laura adds: "I am delighted to be joining Dunelm and getting back to the dynamic world of retail once again. Dunelm is a strong market leader with exciting plans for growth and I am looking forward to being part of the ambitious executive team."