Trustees and Executives

Board of Trustees

Alistair McGeorge

  • Chairman
  • Joined December 2018
  • Executive Chairman, New Look

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

Sally Hopson

Sally Hopson MBE

  • Chair of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee
  • Joined November 2014
  • Chief Executive Officer, Sofology

Sally has worked in retail for most of her career and is currently CEO of Sofology. Her previous role was as CEO for the Vets4Pets group to April 2018. Sally is a non-executive director for Jardiland, a French garden centre chain. A four year period as a commissioner on The Women in Work Commission and the Learning and Skills Council was recognised with an MBE awarded in 2006.

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Philip Bell Brown

  • Chair of the cottageHOMES and Property Committee
  • Joined August 2020

Philip has been involved in retail property for over 25 years, working primarily for different retailers including Boots, Halfords and Sainsburys. Most recently working as Group Property Director at Dixons Carphone. In January 2020 he set up his own consultancy, BB elements, advising on corporate real estate strategy and property investment.

Simon Ledsham

Simon Ledsham

  • Chair of the Funding and Communications Committee
  • Joined October 2017
  • Director of Communities, Cancer Research UK

Simon looks after £200 million of Cancer Research UK’s income, its 600 stores and 40,000 volunteers. Prior to joining Cancer Research UK in 2000, Simon spent 12 years in the retail industry with Next and Robert Dyas.

Brian Small

Brian Small

  • Chair of the Risk, Audit and Finance Committee
  • Joined September 2018

Brian was Chief Financial Officer at JD Sports Fashion plc until October 2018. Brian was previously Operations Finance Director at Intercare Group plc and he also been Finance Director of a number of other companies. He qualified as an accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1981.

Helena Feltham

Helena Feltham

  • Chair of the Wellbeing Services Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee
  • Joined May 2015

Helena has an extensive 30 year career in Retail and Human Resource Leadership, holding Board-level roles at B&Q, Jack Wills, Woolworths South Africa and Marks & Spencer.  

She is currently a Non-Executive Director of Ted Baker plc, and as their Senior Independent Director, chairs the Nominations Committee, and is a member of the Remuneration and Audit Committees. 

She previously served as an Independent Director for the National Assembly of Wales, a Trustee for Action for Children, a Non-Executive Director in the NHS and as a Justice of the Peace.

Amanda Cox

Amanda Cox

  • Member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee
  • Joined February 2018
  • People and Services Director, Dunelm Group plc

Retail career for almost 30 years, driven to make a difference, Women in Retail ambassador, pragmatic HR professional.

David McCorquodale

  • Member of the cottageHOMES and Property Committee
  • Chair of the Crookfur Capital Appeal
  • Joined September 2018

David retired from KPMG in 2017 having been a corporate finance partner for almost 25 years. He was Head of Retail for KPMG in the UK for four years and a regular industry commentator.

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Gita North

  • Member of the Risk Audit and Finance Committee
  • Joined June 2018

A retail professional with both executive and non-executive director-level experience, Gita has worked as an independent consultant with a number of leading UK retailers. Gita is currently a partner with First Friday - a consulting, change management and training business.

Lesley

Lesley Exley

  • Member of the Funding and Communications Committee
  • Joined May 2019

Lesley established Exley Hervey, a specialist executive search company. Prior to 2003, her marketing expertise was focused on repositioning and profitably developing brands globally, holding board level marketing roles at Selfridges, Zales Jewellers and Tencel.

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Tim Seal

  • Member of the Wellbeing Services Committee
  • Member of the cottageHOMES and Property Committee
  • Joined September 2019

Currently High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire, Tim is an experienced C-level Director currently studying for Masters in Cyber Security whilst serving as Brigadier in Army Reserves and being a Trustee of various charities including Blind Veterans UK, ASCB and retailTRUST. Tim is a highly experienced executive in the social housing and wellbeing sectors having operated at Board-level in Barchester Healthcare, Anchor Trust and Bupa Care Services.

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Mike Logue

  • Member of the Funding and Communications Committee
  • Joined January 2020

Currently Chief Executive Officer at Dreams Ltd, Mike has worked in retail for over 30 years, starting his career with M&S. Prior to joining Dreams his previous roles included UK Managing Director at Mothercare, Commercial Director at Asda, Managing Director at Gamestation, and Operations Director at Phones 4U.

 

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Karen McCormick

  • Member of the Wellbeing Services Committee
  • Joined September 2019

Following a highly successful career in retail with Gus and Sainsbury’s, Karen moved into the world of financial services as CEO of Cheshire Building Society. This was followed by Board-level roles at Kellogg’s and Care UK. Karen now specialises in NED roles in the financial services sector and not-for-profit sectors. 

David Kaye

David Kaye

  • Company Secretary
  • Joined May 2013

David is a Partner at Harper Macleod, specialising in Franchising and Business Law. He is Company Secretary for multiple companies.

Executives

Chris Brook-Carter

Chris Brook-Carter

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Joined May 2020

Chris has been a passionate supporter, advocate and champion of UK retail across his entire career. Prior to joining the Trust, Chris was the Managing Director and Senior Vice President of Retail Week and the World Retail Congress.

Kathy MacIntyre

Kathy MacIntyre

  • Director of Supported Living Services
  • Joined February 2008
  • Attends the cottageHOMES and Property Committee

Overseeing the management of services on cottageHOMES Estates. Manager of social care services for 27 years, both in public and charity sectors.

Neil Duffy

  • Director of Wellbeing and Funding
  • Joined June 2014
  • Attends the Wellbeing Services Committee, and the Funding and Communications Committee

A wealth of experience in retail operations spanning 32 years.

Amy

Amy Prendergast

  • Director of Change, People and Learning
  • Joined January 2014
  • Attends the Wellbeing Services Committee, and the Remuneration and Nomination Committee

A Retail Week Be Inspired Ambassador, Amy joined retailTRUST after graduating and holding numerous voluntary roles across the not-for-profit sector.

Ola Ogunmoyela

  • Director of Finance
  • Joined March 2018
  • Attends the Risk, Audit and Finance Committee

Accounting career across automotive financial services, education and humanitarian industries.