Buying group Associated Independent Stores (AIS) has named Elaine Ray as upholstery selector and furniture controller.

The appointment — announced to members early last month — will see Ms Ray join Solihull based AIS on Monday 13th April.

She joins from her post as senior director at Shopshire headquartered independent Alan Ward, while previous roles have included time with the Sterling group and Leekes.

Former AIS furniture controller Suzy McMahon joined upholstery retail chain Sofaworks as head of buying and merchandising earlier this year.