Hamleys has poached Wyevale head of home Laura Olver as part of a restructure of the business.

Olver will take up the new position of head of buying and planning at the start of next month.

Hamleys chief executive Gudjon Reynisson said: “I know that Laura is thrilled to be joining a business with the brand and future plans of Hamleys. We are delighted to have secured someone of Laura’s calibre.”

Olver spent three years at the garden centre retailer where she ran the home category, which includes gifts, cookware and Christmas ranges.

Previously she spent nine years at B&Q working in various buying and category management roles, and was responsible for a range of products including garden equipment and bathroom fittings.

As part of the restructure, which was unveiled in May, Hamleys appointed Gunnar Sigurdsson, chief executive of defunct Icelandic investment vehicle Baugur, as its chairman, and made 20 redundancies at head office, including chief operating officer Paul Currie and director of buying and merchandising Diane Lee.