Bhs buying director for menswear Simon Pickering is moving to Fat Face to be the lifestyle chain’s buying and design director.

Pickering will continue working at the Arcadia-owned chain until the autumn.

The move will complete Fat Face chief executive Anthony Thompson’s management team.

Thompson said: “Simon’s appointment is a critical part of our new plan to re-energise the Fat Face brand by becoming famous once again for iconic products, great quality, value for money and great service to our customers.”

Since joining from George at Asda in April, Thompson has appointed Topshop and Topman former head of retail Becky Bateman as retail director, promoted Toby Bowhill to brand director and hired Dan Miles as ecommerce and communications director from Puma.