Top 50 Indie Westmorland has announced it has recruited a new chief executive as it unveiled its annual results.

Pre-tax profit was up 69% to £6.1m for the year to June 2016, compared with £3.6m the previous year.

Turnover, which included the first full year of trading at Gloucester Services, was up 29% to £92.9m, versus £71.8m last time.

CEO Sarah Dunning said: "We have developed and strengthened our offer in our farmshops and kitchens, resulting in strong trading."

The company said that in order to continue its development and to sustain its growth, it had decided to strengthen its team, particularly with the operational skills required to run a bigger business. As a result, it is appointing a chief executive with a strong retail and operational background, with Rob Swyer taking up the new role in April 2017.

Swyer started his career in manufacturing and buying with Mars and has since worked in retail with Asda, Pets at Home and most recently as retail director of Halfords.

At the same time, Dunning will move to the role of chairman. Current chairman Bryan Gray will remain with the business as a non-executive director, and managing director Laurence King will become vice chairman.