Terry Duddy – Chairman
Terry began his career at Letraset and joined Dixons Stores Group in 1984, holding positions of Sales Director of Currys, Product Marketing Director of Dixons Stores Group and Managing Director of PC World. He joined GUS in 1998 as Chief Executive of the newly acquired Argos, becoming a GUS Plc Director later that year. He was appointed Chief Executive of Argos Retail Group in 2000 and Chief Executive of Home Retail Group following demerger in October 2006, and stepped down from this role in March 2014. He is a Non-Executive Director of Hammerson.
David Kaye - Company Secretary
Mr Kaye specialises in Franchising and Business Law, and acts as Company Secretary to a large number of companies – Footfall Analytics, LEBC Group and Parlez Media – as well as to retailTRUST. He is also an Arcadia nominated Governor at Fashion Retail Academy. Kaye is an affiliate member of the British Franchise Association (BFA) and acts as legal advisor to the BFA Franchise Group in Scotland. Kaye is currently the Partner with responsibility for the retail sector for Harper Macleod LLP. Prior to this, he ran his own firm, Clairmonts, for 11 years.
Paul has recently retired from Barclays where he worked for 40 years. He held a variety of senior roles in Barclays Commercial Bank, most recently the National Director, Retail & Wholesale Sectors, where he had responsibility for over £5bn worth of debt within the sector.
Paul is a well established industry commentator and regularly contributes to publications such as Retail Week, Drapers and the Financial Times. He has written on a wide range of industry issues; recent examples include the winning strategies of the luxury goods retailer. In addition Paul is a regular commentator on the ONS Retail Sales Figures.
Paul’s standing within the industry has been recognised by Drapers, the trade magazine for the fashion industry, which placed Paul within the Top 100 influential people on the UK high street for two years running and voted him number 1 Deal Maker in the same survey.
Ayo is a professional marketer with 20 years’ experience with roles covering retail property marketing, professional services and industrial services marketing including positions at Grosvenor, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Lloyd’s Register. He now runs his own business, Admotus Marketing, which delivers applied marketing solutions across different business sectors.
Ayo has a BSc honours degree from Manchester University and an MBA from Warwick Business School. He is also a non-executive director (QHS Limited, a UKAS accredited certification body), a governor of Pennthorpe School, a Fellow of the Institute of Marketing, a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Marketors, a guest lecturer at Oxford Brookes University and a published author.
Avis has worked in or on behalf of the retail industry throughout her career. Firstly spending several years at the Arcadia Group being promoted through the ranks in retail operations and buying & merchandising. She spent some time working for privately-owned retail businesses before taking up senior posts at Bhs, Mothercare and Littlewoods where she extended her experience into franchising and large-scale business transformation programme management.
In 2001 she moved to the management consulting, outsourcing and technology firm, Accenture where she holds the position of Partner in their retail practice supporting UK and international retail clients plan and execute business transformation programmes. In 2009 Avis joined BSkyB as their Business Transformation Director.
Richard Newman - Honorary Treasurer
Richard qualified in 1978, and is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and the Chartered Assocition of Certified Accountants.
He has been in professional practice throughout his career during which time he also served as Finance Director of a fully quoted property company, which Richard assisted in bringing to the market. The business became one of the largest factory outlet organisations in Europe.
His practice consisting of three partners and some twenty staff is based in Fitzroy Square in Central London and the partnership services a clientele spread over a wide range of industries. Richard has considerable experience in auditing both commercial enterprises and charities and advises on both personal and corporate tax matters.
Katherine Payne qualified as a solicitor in Scotland before moving to London, where she has lived for many years. She is now Head of Charities at the Mercers’ Company, a leading livery company in the City of London. Katherine is responsible for their sheltered housing services across 6 sites and has over 20 years’ experience of developing and refurbishing specialist housing and facilities for older people.
Lindsay is currently Chief Operating Officer of Ted Baker. He has been involved in Ted Baker for some 25 years, initially advising on the raising of private equity to finance the start of the business while a corporate finance partner at Binder Hamlyn in 1990.
Lindsay joined Ted Baker as Finance Director in 1997 and guided the business through its flotation on the London Stock Exchange in July 1997. He has been a member of the management team that has managed the growth of the business from a turnover of £14m in two countries in 1997 to one which now has sales in excess of £350m in over 30 countries.
Nigel has worked in the retail industry for over 25 years in a number of retail businesses. He is responsible for all aspects of property across A S Watson (Health & Beauty UK) Ltd where his remit includes Superdrug, Savers, The Perfume Shop and 3 Retail businesses and encompasses an estate of 1800 properties. He is also responsible for health and safety within Superdrug and Savers.
Sally Hopson MBE
Sally is the CEO of the Pets at Home Vet Group and Customer, People and Development Director for Pets at Home with overall responsibility for retail and central operations, human resources, store and format development and the pet services offer, notably vets and grooming.
She joined Pets at Home in December 2008 from Asda where she held a number of senior roles over 14 years. After graduating from School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London with a degree in Middle Eastern History, Sally joined the graduate scheme at Habitat and began a long and enjoyable career in retailing.
Sally is also a non-executive director for Jardiland, a French garden centre chain. A particular interest in diversity led to a 4 year period as a commissioner on The Women in Work Commission and the Learning and Skills Council which was recognised in an MBE awarded in 2006.