24 August 2012 10:22
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has announced that Ian Cheshire will become its new chairman, replacing Rob Templeman who will serve as deputy chairman in order to provide continuity.
Ian Cheshire is a major retail industry figure. He has been the chief executive of Kingfisher since January 2008 and an executive director since June 2000. He has also been a non-executive director of Whitbread since February 2011 and also serves as a lead non-executive member at the Department for Work and Pensions.
Lucy Neville-Rolfe, the current BRC deputy chairman, is stepping down at the BRC's next board meeting having been appointed President of EuroCommerce in Brussels.
Meanwhile, Helen Dickinson UK head of retail at KPMG will become the new director general, taking over from Stephen Robertson. Ms Dickinson is a founder member and chair of the KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank which meets quarterly to assess the state of health of the sector through the Retail Health Index and to consider issues which are of relevance and interest to retailers through regular white papers.