Press release:
Kingfisher’s Group CEO to chair retail body

24 August 2012


Ian Cheshire, Group Chief Executive of Kingfisher plc, is to become Chairman of the British Retail Consortium (BRC). He will take over from the current Chairman, Robert Templeman, on 1 October 2012, and hold the post for two years.

Commenting on his appointment Ian Cheshire said: “As a long-standing supporter, I’ve seen the effectiveness of the BRC’s work in providing an united voice on the issues that matter to retailers. I look forward to beginning my role as Chairman, and to supporting the BRC and its new Director General with this work.

British Retail Consortium Director General, Stephen Robertson, said: “I am delighted that Ian has accepted this role. He has a rich understanding of retail and of the political process. The BRC will benefit hugely from having a serving retail Chief Executive of Ian’s stature as its Chairman.”

Key responsibilities of the Chairman include:

  • Work with the Director General to lead the Board in exercising its responsibilities
  • Ensure the BRC continues to enjoy appropriate and effective governance
  • Be the guardian of the interests of the members by ensuring that the BRC pursues its agreed objectives and strategy

The role of BRC Chairman is an honorary (unpaid) role.

In the announcement made on Friday 24 August, the BRC also confirmed other leadership appointments. Robert Templeman will succeed Lucy Neville-Rolfe as Deputy Chairman, while the BRC’s new Director General will be Helen Dickinson, KPMG UK Head of Retail, who takes over from Stephen Robertson on 1 January 2013.

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