Board of Directors

Role: Interim Chairman
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Key strengths: Terry was Chief Executive of Home Retail Group, following its demerger from GUS in October 2006 until March 2014, having previously served as CEO of Argos since its acquisition by GUS in 1998. He previously held senior executive roles at Dixons Stores Group, latterly as MD at PC World.

Current external directorships: non-executive director of Hammerson plc and Majid Al Futtaim Properties LLC and Chair of the Retail Trust.

Role: Chief Financial Officer since September 2018
Rachel Osborne

Key strengths: Rachel has a strong retail and customer-facing background including previous roles at John Lewis plc and Kingfisher plc. Her last position was Chief Financial Officer at Domino’s Pizza. She has also held senior finance positions at Sodexo and Vodafone. Rachel is a chartered accountant and has also worked for KPMG.

Current external directorships: None.

Role: Independent non-executive director since January 2013 and a member of the Remuneration Committee.
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Key strengths: Stephen has been Chief Executive Officer of PageGroup plc since 2006 having worked for that business since 1987. His experience of building an international business at PageGroup supports our strategy to expand the Debenhams brand internationally.

Current external directorships: Chief Executive Officer of PageGroup plc. Stephen is also a member of Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Corporate Partnership.

Role: Independent non-executive director since September 2016 and a member of the Audit Committee
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Relevant skills and experience: Lisa brings an investor’s perspective to the board together with a strong focus on revenue and profitability drivers, brand equity and return on invested capital. Prior to joining L Catterton, the pre-eminent global consumer focused private equity firm, Lisa was lead portfolio manager of some of Templeton’s flagship global funds and Executive Vice-president at Franklin Templeton, managing or co-managing more than $10 billion of assets. As the coordinator of Templeton’s global consumer research, Lisa had direct research responsibility for the retail, textile and apparel and luxury good sectors.

Partner at L Catterton

Role: Independent non-executive director since November 2016
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Key strengths: Nicky brings a wealth of experience and understanding in brand development and the global beauty industry. Nicky founded speciality beauty retailer Space NK and following the sale of the business consults for an international roster of clients in the beauty, wellness and lifestyle sectors.

Current external directorships: Director of Nicky Kinnaird Consulting Limited and Colorescience Inc. Nicky is also non-executive Chairman of The Walkactive Company Limited

Role: Independent non-executive director since October 2017. David is also a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committee and became Chairman of the Audit Committee in January 2018.
David Adams

Key strengths: David was Finance Director and Deputy Chief Executive of House of Fraser plc until 2006, then Executive Chairman of Jessops plc, becoming Non-Executive Chairman in 2009. In addition, he has held several Executive and Non-Executive roles in 30 years in retailing, including ten years as a plc Finance Director.

Principal current external directorships:  David is currently the Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at Halfords plc, and a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at Thinksmart plc (AIM) listed. In addition, he is Chairman of Park Cameras Ltd and a Trustee of Walk the Walk, a breast cancer charity. During this year, Conviviality plc (AIM listed), of which David was Chairman, went into administration.


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