Beleaguered property services firm Erinaceous has appointed Dominic Lavelle as its finance director.

The previous finance director, Michael Pearson, left the company in September as part of a major boardroom shakeup in the wake of poor half-year results and the breaching of banking covenants.

Lavelle was previously finance director at construction group Alfred McAlpine.

He resigned in April this year after the company was caught up in a fraud scandal involving its slate division, which resulted in McAlpine paying auditor Deloitte a £6m bill.

Lavelle was cleared of any involvement in the fraud.

Speaking of his appointment today he said: ‘I am looking forward to joining the team and working on the stabilisation, strengthening and growth of Erinaceous.’