They worked together on the board of RHM three years ago. Mr Metcalfe, now chairman of Queens Moat, was at the helm and Mr Beckett was a non-executive. Queens Moat said this had no bearing on Mr Beckett's appointment.
Mr Beckett, former managing director of Consolidated Gold Fields and chairman of Ultramar, was on the shortlist for non-executives last July, a couple of months before Mr Metcalfe became chairman.
Richard Jewson, who left Meyer International last year after a disagreement about his roles as chairman and chief executive being split, is also becoming a non-executive at Queens Moat. He holds other non- executive posts at Anglian Water and Eastern Counties Newspapers.Reuse content