Thorntons retail director Dominic Prendergast has left the business and its board after seven years with the confectionary retailer.

Lysanne McCallion, formerly head of Thornton’s direct, will take his place, but not join the board.

McCallion has been at Thorntons for three years and previously held roles at GNER and ICI. Head of commercial sales Hannah Legg will take over as head of the direct business.

Thorntons chief executive Mike Davies said: “The board of Thorntons would like to thank Dominic for his considerable contribution as retail director over the last seven years and wish him every success in the future.“