Our structure

Our governance structure is designed to safeguard the Partnership's future, enhance its prosperity and ensure its integrity. At the top level, the Partnership has three governing authorities: the Partnership Council, the Partnership Board, and the Chairman.

The Partnership operates through a series of delegated authorities and assurance mechanisms whilst ensuring that the views of Partners are heard.

The Partnership Council is unique in corporate governance: directly elected by Partners, it holds the Chairman to account and appoints five directors to the Partnership Board. The Chairman appoints five executives to the Board: the Managing Director of John Lewis and Waitrose, the Finance Director, the Director of Personnel and the Group Development Director. The Partners' Counsellor is automatically a member of the Board. The Board also has three external non-executive Directors. 

The Partners' Counsellor seeks to ensure that the Partnership is true to its principles and compassionate to individual Partners.They monitor and uphold the integrity of the business, its values and ethics as enshrined in its constitution. They are a member of the Partnership Board and perform the role of senior independent director in their interaction with Partners as co-owners of the business. The Partners' Counsellor supports the elected directors in their contribution to the Board and thereby helps underpin their independence. The Partners' Counsellor convenes meetings with the elected directors, without other executive directors being present, as appropriate and at least once each year.


John Lewis Partnership Trust Ltd
 
The Partnership Council
(GA)
The Partnership Board
(operates in accordance with matters reserved for the Board)
(MG)
The Chairman
(MG)

 

With governance and assurance from Partnership Board Committees (GA):
- Audit and Risk Committee
- Remuneration Committee
- Chairman's Nominations Committee
- Corporate Responsibility Committee
delegate to...
Partners Counsellor
(GA)
Managing Director Waitrose
(MG)
Manging Director John Lewis
(MG)
Finance Director
(MG)
Group
Development
Director
(MG)
Director of Personnel
(MG)
delegate to...
  Waitrose Management Board (MG) John Lewis Management Board (MG)      
Internal Audit and Risk Management
(GA)
Provides assurance to the Board through the Audit and Risk Committee on the Partnership's risk management and controls, and the integrity of the Annual Report and Accounts
MG = Management and Governance responsibilities  GA = Governance and assurance body