Paul Mason has stepped down as chairman from handbag and accessories brand Radley.

Mason, who has been chairman of Radley since 2008, is leaving the accessories brand to pursue commitments with baby products manufacturer and distributor Mayborn, where he was appointed chairman earlier this month.

He is also chairman of kitsch homewares and fashion brand Cath Kidston.

Radley chief executive Sven Gaede, who has been with the brand for three years, is also exiting. The reasons for Gaede’s departure are unclear.

Former Radley chief executive Roger Best has been parachuted in, and is returning as chairman and interim chief executive following the two key departures.

Best held the position of chief executive at Radley until his retirement in 2009.

“I have recently taken on new commitments at Mayborn,” said Mason. “Having overseen the successful transformation of Radley into a national retailer, I have decided to retire from the board.”

Best added: “I strongly believe in Radley and the qualities that have made its products loved by women everywhere. 

“The task is to assert Radley’s distinctive premium positioning and build the company into the iconic global brand it deserves to be.”