I have been UK Chairman of Clearwater International since 2017, joining to further develop the company’s strategy as part of its increasingly international outlook. I was impressed by Clearwater’s focus on putting the client first and this has continued to be a central theme of working with the business.
I currently hold a number of Non Executive and consultancy positions: Chairman of Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc, Evergreen Garden Care (UK) Ltd, and Bridge Farms/Neame Lea. I am a NED at Woolworths South Africa and MAF Retail in Dubai, and an adviser to Shore Capital Markets Limited.
I have nearly 40 years’ experience in FMCG and Retail. Having started my career with Unilever and Guinness, I was Group FD at Laura Ashley and The Burton Group. I then spent 15 years as an Executive Director of Tesco plc – 11 years as Finance and Strategy Director, and four years as CEO of the Retail Services Division.
After leaving Tesco, I was Chairman of PE backed Poundland, up to and including its IPO in 2015, and Chaired N Brown plc for six years. I have in the past served as an Independent NED for FirstGroup plc, Clark’s Shoes, the RFU and Sky plc.