Fashion retailer Austin Reed has reinstated its post of retail operations director after an 18 month vacancy. 

Neil Parker, who previously worked at clothing chain Pilot, has stepped into the role which was scrapped by the company's last chief executive, Roger Jennings.

Current chief executive, Nick Hollingworth, is due to announce his recovery plan for the flagging company next week.

Austin Reed is owned by the Austin Reed group, which also owns the Country Casuals and International Licensing divisions.