Former Pizza Express chairman Luke Johnson is joining Caribbean group Elegant Hotels as a non-executive director.

Johnson is chairman of private equity house Risk Capital Partners and Neilson Active Holidays among other companies.

He was previously chairman of Channel 4 Television, PizzaExpress and Giraffe Restaurants.

Barbados-based Elegants Hotels, which runs seven properties and a beachfront restaurant, revealed that Johnson holds 11.1 million shares, representing about 12.5% of the company’s issued share capital.

Chairman Simon Sherwood said: “We are delighted to be welcoming someone of Luke’s calibre and experince to the board of Elegant Hotels.

“His wealth of leisure industry knowledge and his outstanding track record of helping companies to achieve their ambitious growth plans will be hugely additive to the group as it continues to carry ou its expansion programme in Barbados and the wider Caribbean.

“We see significant potential for continuing to enhance the food and beverage offering within our portfolio, and Luke’s expertise in that sector will therefore be particularly valuable.”