Rank Group non-executive director Tim Scoble is to step down from the operator’s board after more than five years, having decided that additional commitments mean he needs to relinquish some of his responsibilities.

He has served on the Rank board since April 2010, and will officially leave his position on November 30th.

An experienced executive in the leisure sector with expertise in developing consumer brands and service delivery, he also chairs the operator’s remuneration committee.

In his career he has worked extensively in the hotel sector, serving as chief executive of roadside restaurant chain Little Chef, Guoman Hotels (formerly Thistle Hotels) and managing director of Moat House Hotels.

A chartered accountant, he currently works as European hotel advisor to Apollo Management International and is a director of Europe Hotel HoldCo and the Casual Dining Group.

“In recent months Tim Scoble's other commitments have grown substantially and he has now concluded that he must relinquish some of his responsibilities,” Rank explained.

Rank Group chairman Ian Burke added: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Tim for his hard work on our board and committees over the past five and a half years. Tim's commitment, expertise and guidance have been invaluable to Rank and the board is extremely sorry to see him go.”

Burke will lead the search for Scoble’s replacement, with a further announcement to be named once a candidate has been selected.

Shares in Rank Group plc (Co. Data) (LSE:RNK) were trading at 270.80 pence per share in London earlier Friday.