Chairman

The Chairman has personal responsibility for ensuring that the Partnership retains its distinctive character and democratic vitality.
Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman
Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman

The Partnership Board delegates management of the Partnership's business to the Chairman and he is ultimately responsible for the Partnership's commercial performance. He is the Chairman of the Partnership Board, by virtue of his appointment as Chairman of the Trust Company. He is also responsible for the leadership of the Partnership Board and ensuring its effectiveness on all aspects of its role.

The Chairman's role and responsibilities are defined in the Constitution. His democratic and commercial roles come together when he appears twice a year at the Partnership Council to report on the performance of the trading divisions and on responses to the annual Partner Survey, to set out strategic goals and to answer questions from elected representatives.

The Chairman is supported in his Executive role by the Chairman's Committee, which comprises the Chairman and the Executive Directors of the Partnership. The Chairman's Committee meets frequently to develop strategy, business plans and budgets and to review major operational and management issues, financial results and forecasts, as well as plans for the development of the Partnership's businesses.

About Sir Charlie Mayfield

Sir Charlie Mayfield became the Partnership's fifth Chairman in March 2007. He joined the Partnership in 2000 as Head of Business Development, responsible for business strategy and development for both John Lewis and Waitrose.

Sir Charlie joined the Board as Development Director in 2001 and was responsible for developing the Partnership's online strategy. He became Managing Director of John Lewis in January 2005 prior to taking up his appointment as Chairman of the Partnership in March 2007.

Sir Charlie began his career as an officer in the army. He joined SmithKline Beecham in 1992 and became Marketing Manager for the Lucozade brand, before moving to McKinsey & Co in 1996. Charlie is the Government appointed Chair of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, President of the Employee Ownership Association, a Director of Central Surrey Health Trustee Limited and Chairman of the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

Charlie was knighted in June 2013 for services to business.