Mothercare has appointed Dunelm chief executive Nick Wharton as non-executive director.

Wharton, who became chief executive of the home furnishings retailer three years ago, joins the board on Thursday.

Prior to Dunelm, he has also worked as chief financial officer at Halfords and held finance and international roles at Boots and Cadbury Schweppes.

Mothercare chairman Alan Parker said: “I am very pleased that Nick is joining us as a non-executive director. Nick will bring valuable retail experience to the Mothercare board.”

Wharton said: “I am delighted to be joining Mothercare, and look forward to working with Alan and the other members of the board to support its business both in the UK and internationally.”