The chief executive of homewares retailer Dunelm has left the top job with immediate effect.

In a short announcement to the stock market, Dunelm said veteran retailer John Browett was leaving the company for personal reasons.

The company said “the next phase of growth requires different leadership”, adding that Mr Browett’s “severance terms are still to be finalised”.

Last month Dunelm said its profits would be slightly lower than expected due to sluggish trading over the Easter weekend.

However its recent trading has been more encouraging with sales in the 13 weeks to July 1 rising by 17.7pc to £240m as it was boosted by the acquisition of online retailer Worldstores.

Mr Browett said it was “time to move onto a new challenge”, adding that he was “looking forward to the next chapter” of his career.

He took the job in July 2015 having stepped down as boss of high street retailer Monsoon. He was previously senior vice-president of Apple’s retail division and also served as CEO of Dixons.

Dunelm chairman Andy Harrison said: “I would like to thank John for his contribution to the business and the strategic progress made under his leadership, most notably the exciting acquisition of Worldstores.

“We will immediately start a search for John’s replacement and, in the meantime, I will provide interim executive leadership, supported by Will Adderley, our Deputy Chairman, and Keith Down, our CFO.”