The Group’s Retail Board, comprises the Executive Directors and the most senior Managers within the business. The Retail Board is collectively responsible for supporting the Chief Executive in delivering the Group’s strategic objectives.
Information Technology Director
Neil was appointed Information Technology Director in 2011 but has worked for the Group since 1993, initially as Field Support Manager and then, from 1997, as Information Technology Manager.
As well as ensuring the day-to-day IT and data needs of the Group are well serviced, Neil plays a key role in the planning and delivery of numerous strategic initiatives across the business, the majority of which are technology-enabled. Before joining McColl’s, Neil worked at Dexham Shops and Royal Doulton.
Retail Finance Director
Steve joined McColl’s as Retail Finance Director in May 2016.
Since joining McColl’s, Steve has restructured the finance team, improved controls, and delivered financial support to all of the business’s major initiatives. Before joining McColl’s, Steve was the Group Financial Controller for Tesco’s Malaysian business. In total, Steve was with Tesco for 14 years, both in the UK and overseas.
Steve joined McColl’s as Operations Director in September 2016.
Steve’s first full year in our business has seen the successful integration of 298 Co-op stores into the McColl’s estate, alongside the deployment of the operational business improvement programme, which is primarily focused on improving the customer shopping trip and realising efficiency opportunities. Before joining McColl’s, Steve had spent the majority of his career with Tesco, holding a number of senior positions including Transformation Director and Regional Store Director.
Karen joined McColl’s as Colleague Director in October 2016.
Since joining the business, Karen has restructured the HR team, focusing on the key processes and priorities to strengthen the function. In the last year, Karen has developed a strategic colleague plan for the business, and has begun work on capability, performance and talent development. Karen was previously People Director at Tesco, where she worked in both HR and Operational roles, including leading change programmes on culture and service.
David was appointed Development Director in 2006 having joined the Group in 1993.
Responsible for our acquisitions and estate management, David has been instrumental in ensuring conversion of the 298 stores to the McColl’s format proceeded to plan and is also playing a key role in our programme of shop refresh activity to deliver significant benefits from store modernisation. Previously David worked at Independent Stores, Fine Fare, Asda, Victoria Wine and the Ministry of Defence.
Peter was appointed Trading Director in 2015, having originally joined McColl’s as Buying Director in 2011.
Peter has a wealth of grocery sector experience, ensuring McColl’s trading performance is supported through effective and competitive supplier relationships. Before joining McColl’s, Peter was Group Trading Director at SPAR UK Ltd. Prior to this, Peter worked as Director of Trading at Big Food Group and Group Buying Director at Booker PLC.
Tim joined McColl’s as our Customer Director in January 2018.
Tim will develop the customer agenda, a key pillar of our strategy, by helping to define our brand proposition and bringing the McColl’s brand to life as well as establishing effective relationships with our customers after they have left the store. Tim is passionate about customers and has extensive relevant experience, most recently as VP Marketing and E-Commerce at Clintons, and prior to that as Head of Marketing at Dixons Carphone where he launched the service brand KNOWHOW.