David Cook, finance director of fashion and homeware retailer Laura Ashley, has resigned his position and will leave the company on 5 December.

The UK company said Cook, who has also resigned as an executive director of Laura Ashley Holdings, was leaving "to pursue other opportunities".

He will not be replaced on the company board, but CFO and company secretary Rebecca Navarednam will take on his operational responsibilities.

The Laura Ashley board thanked Cook for his nine years' service to the company and wished him well in his future career.