Deliveroo has named Claudia Arney as its first independent chair in preparation for its 2021 stock market flotation.

Arney will join the food delivery company with immediate effect as founder and chief executive Will Shu seeks to ensure a robust corporate framework ahead of the London float.

Arney currently holds non-executive directorships at Kingfisher, Halfords, Aviva and the Premier League.

She stepped down from her position on the board of Ocado following her appointment at Deliveroo citing a conflict of interest as both companies deliver food.

Arney has also previously held roles at the Treasury as well as within media groups Emap and Pearson.

The high-profile appointment indicates Deliveroo is seeking a premium listing that could see it valued at several billion pounds.

The business has benefited from lockdown regulations amid the coronavirus pandemic, with more consumers turning to takeaway food.

It has also joined forces with several UK supermarkets including Aldi, Morrisons and M&S.

Arney’s appointment comes just weeks after Deliveroo hired investment banks Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan to work on the IPO.