Richard Boland - Chief Executive
Richard was appointed Retail Trust Chief Executive in 2012. Richard is also Non-Executive of Dove Nest Group and Non-Executive Chairman of Casa Lucia Interiors Ltd and retained Retail Advisor to Sony Direct UK.
Richard provides coaching & mentoring at director, partner and senior executive level through Dove Nest Group and Moller PSF to leading organisations across a wide spectrum of business.
A seasoned retail veteran with 40 years in the industry, the last 20+ of which have been at CEO level in both publicly-owned and privately-owned business with revenues of up to £750m and up to 7,500 employees. Richard’s earlier career platform was established in blue chip retailer FT 100 companies or equivalent GUS, Sears, Asda and C&A.
Michael Green - Development Director
Having spent 11 years as Chief Executive at BCSC helping to change the organisation into a 2,600 strong membership body with credibility at all levels, Michael felt it was now time for a new challenge.
Now Development Director at retailTRUST, a charity close to his heart, this gives Michael that challenge and opportunity to help drive the business forward.
Prior to becoming Chief Executive of BCSC, Michael had spent 20 years with Marks & Spencer as well as two years at MEPC and six years running his own business. His consultancy, GTT Associates, specialised in the implementation of business plans and funding for the management of town and city centres throughout the UK.
At M&S he was involved in the development of the move into Food Neighbourhood stores and out of town developments in the late 80’s and early 90’s.
Clive Warner – Chief Finance Officer
Clive joined Retail Trust as Chief Finance Officer in December 2013. Clive, an IT Graduate from Loughborough, is a Chartered Accountant and trained with KPMG. Soon after qualifying he left the accountancy practice for industry and commerce, and has held senior Finance positons mainly in the retail and leisure sectors – at companies including Timpson, Sears Group, Woolworths, UCI Cinemas and NAAFI. In his spare time Clive enjoys music, keeping fit and spending time with his family.
Paul Thomas - Head of Human Resources
Paul joined Retail Trust as Head of Human Resources in June 2014. Paul brings with him experience of retail management as well as Learning & Development and Human Resources for the retail sector. He has worked with a varied portfolio of retailers including Asda, Tesco, Woolworths, Iceland and Chanel. Paul started his career in Learning & Development with Matalan before moving into Human Resources with Celebrity Cruises and believes that a good working environment creates the ideal dynamic for employees to grow in their role, develop new skills and increase their potential. Working with Retail Trust will mean that his people skills can be used to help employees support more people in the retail industry. In his spare time Paul enjoys spending time with family and friends, keeping fit and travelling.
Kathy joined Retail Trust as General Manager of Crookfur Estate in February 2008. With over 20 year’s experience in managing services in the field of social care, Kathy had previously worked for Glasgow City Council managing services for people who had experienced homelessness and latterly for a voluntary organisation providing housing support and care at home services for people with enduring mental health issues. In 2010 she was promoted to Head of Supported Living & Care Services and subsequently became Head of Cottage Homes in 2014. Kathy oversees the management of accommodation and services provided at Cottage Homes’ five retirement estates.