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John Lewis Partnership Appoints Non-Executive Director

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The John Lewis Partnership announces today the appointment of Clare Swindell as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

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Clare is a highly experienced finance professional and has spent much of her career in retail. She was co-Chief Executive Officer for Camelot until January 2024, having joined as Chief Financial Officer in 2017 before being appointed to the board in 2019. Prior to that she was Group CFO at dunnhumby, having previously spent over 17 years at Tesco in a wide range of operational and financial roles, including CFO for and Group Audit Director. She is also a Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair at Fever-Tree, the listed drinks brand. Clare succeeds Nicky Dulieu [who stepped down in December 2023]. 

We also welcome Jane Hanson CBE as an Independent External Member of the Audit and Risk Committee. Jane brings over 30 years’ experience in Executive and Non-Executive Director roles in consumer focused, FTSE, regulated and not-for-profit boards in both the private and public sectors. She succeeds Sharon Fennessy who, in line with corporate governance good practice, will step down in April after over eight years on the Committee.

Sharon White, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership said: “On behalf of the Board, I’m delighted to welcome Clare Swindell. I know her broad range of skills and experience in leading retail and consumer businesses will be a real asset to the Partnership. 

“We also welcome Jane Hanson whose experience across accounting, risk and corporate governance roles in financial services and consumer-focussed sectors will bring valuable insight to the Audit and Risk Committee. I would like to thank both Sharon Fennessy, for her outstanding contribution to the Partnership these past eight years, and Nicky Dulieu, for her highly effective time on the board.”

Source : John Lewis Partnership

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19 February 2024

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