Philip Lawrence, CEO at the Coal Authority, is to take a non-executive post at floorcoverings group Headlam.

Mr Lawrence — who in the past has held senior roles at Marconi PLC and Deloitte & Touche — will join at the beginning of June, replacing Mike O’Leary who is leaving the Headlam board after nine years.

His appointment was announced ahead of the Midlands headquartered group’s AGM late last week, with chairman Dick Peters saying the business had made a decent start to 2015.

Group sales in the four months to end April are up 2.8 per cent with UK like-for-likes rising 4.5 per cent, he said.

Commercial sales (+6.1 per cent) outstripped growth among residential buyers (+3.7 per cent) while sales in mainland Europe dropped 7.2 per cent.