Ex Kingfisher boss named as new BRC Chairman

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) will appoint its new Chairman Ian Cheshire next week, replacing Rob Templeman. Cheshire is a leading figure in the retail industry, having been Group Chief Executive of Kingfisher since January 2008 and an executive director since June 2000.

Cheshire has also been a non-executive director of Whitbread since February 2011 and serves as a lead non-executive member at the Department for Work and Pensions. He is a member of the Corporate Leaders’ Group on Climate Change and a member of the Business Disability Forum President’s Group (formerly Employers’ Forum on Disability). He will serve for two years in his new honorary unpaid BRC role.

Rob Templeman will be staying on for a further year as Deputy Chairman to provide continuity while the BRC welcomes its new Chairman and new Director General, Helen Dickinson who takes over that role in January.

British Retail Consortium Director General Stephen Robertson said: “I’d like to thank Rob for his dedicated and valuable work on behalf of the BRC and the retail sector and to welcome Ian as his successor. Ian is an outstanding, serving Chief Executive with a rich understanding of retail and of the political process. I benefited from his inspirational leadership during my own years at Kingfisher and am very much looking forward to working with him

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