retailTRUST announces Alistair McGeorge as its new Chair of Trustees

Alistair McGeorge new chair

retailTRUST is delighted to announce that retail leader Alistair McGeorge will be taking over from Terry Duddy as Chair of the retailTRUST Board of Trustees on 1 December 2018.

Alistair McGeorge has over 20 years of experience in retail including roles as Chief Executive of Matalan and Littlewoods. He is renowned for successful business turnarounds and is currently Executive Chairman of New Look.

Alistair McGeorge stated: “I am pleased to become the Chair of Trustees at retailTRUST. The Charity has for 186 years provided great comfort and support to everyone involved in retail. Over the last twenty years or more it has been my pleasure to support it in all of the businesses with which I have been involved. I thank Terry for his capable stewardship and look positively towards the future, taking the Trust forward at a time when its services are going to be needed and valued more than ever before.”

 Terry Duddy has been chairing the retailTRUST Board since 2014. Terry Duddy was previously Chief Executive of Home Retail Group plc and is currently a Senior Independent Director of both Debenhams plc and Hammerson plc, and a Non-Executive Director of Majid Al Futtaim Properties LLC.

Terry Duddy said: “I have enjoyed my time as Chair of the Trust and thank my fellow Trustees and the staff for their support in delivering our significant achievements together over the last four years. I am pleased to be handing over to Alistair who has been a long-term supporter of the Trust. I wish everyone involved, every success for the future. A warm welcome also to David McCorquodale and Brian Small who joined us in September as Trustees.”

Richard Boland, Chief Executive of retailTRUST stated: “I would like to thank Terry Duddy for his major contribution as Chair to the Trust over the last four years and welcome Alistair, a ‘trusted friend to the Charity of longstanding,’ as its new Chair of Trustees.”

retailTRUST has strengthened its Board in 2018 with a series of Trustee appointments including the following:

  • Brian Small joined in September and has been appointed as Treasurer. Brian Small is currently the Chief Financial Officer at JD Sports Fashion plc.
  • Amanda Cox joined in February and is currently the People and Services Director at Dunelm Group plc.
  • David McCorquodale joined in September and was previously the Head of Retail at KPMG.
  • Maria Thompson joined in February and was previously the Group Commercial Supply Chain Director at Sainsbury’s and Argos.
  • Gita North joined in June and is currently a partner with First Friday.

Click here for more information about our Trustees and Executive team.