UK convenience foods maker Northern Foods has announced that Jez Maiden will join the board, at a date to be confirmed, as group finance director.

He is currently group finance director of British Vita plc, a position he has held since 2002. Before that, he was director of finance of Britannia Building Society and group finance director of Hickson International plc.

David Nish will also join the board on 1 July 2005 as a non-executive director and chairman of the audit committee. He is executive director, infrastructure of Scottish Power plc, and was prior to that, group finance director, a position that he held since 1999.

The appointment of David Nish follows the announcement on 28 February 2005 that Peter Blackburn will retire as chairman and from the board at the company's AGM on 21 July 2005. He will be succeeded by current deputy chairman, Anthony Hobson. At that time, Colin Dyer will become deputy chairman and Orna Ni Chionna will become the senior independent director and chair of the remuneration committee.

"We are delighted to welcome Jez and David to Northern Foods," said Peter Blackburn. "They bring a wealth of strategic, operating and financial expertise and we look forward to their contribution during this period of major change for the business. Similarly, I am equally pleased that the new roles for Colin and Orna will ensure continuity at board level. Finally, I would also like to thank Ian Ellis for his invaluable contribution as head of finance over the past year."