I have Main Board Level experience with operational leadership and human resources practice in a customer facing business. I have proven ability to help shape strategy; ensure robust, constructive and objective challenge, working as an internal senior independent director, a good understanding and application of governance arrangements, employee engagement and monitoring of performance in an environment where upholding values, standards and relationships are critical. I also have experience as a non executive director with Loch Fyne Oysters.
I have worked for over thirty years for the John Lewis Partnership, a food and non food £10bn retail business, employing 90,000 Partners, which has a successful history and an exciting future operating within the context of employee ownership. Since 2012 I have been a Main Board Director, reporting to the Chairman and with current experience of the Risk and Audit, Remuneration and CSR sub committees. As a board director, I spend time understanding the nature and context of the commercial world in which we operate and shaping business strategy accordingly.
My current role is to assimilate information and insight, raise issues and facilitate debate to ensure the Board and the executive think holistically and practically across all aspects of the business from the perspective of all employees as co-owners (employees are all effectively the shareholders), and successfully delivers agrees strategic initiatives in a manner that takes full account of the Partnership’s enduring seven principles.
I have held operational roles across Waitrose and John Lewis which has provided the bedrock of my experience in a customer focused environment with human resources as my profession. I have a good understanding of the retail business challenges at Board Level. Prior to this, I was a member of the Waitrose Operational Board for 6 years and I have successfully delivered two major reorganisation programmes.