The Partnership Board is responsible for the overall management and performance of the Partnership and operates within a framework of prudent and effective controls, which enable risk to be assessed and managed. It is collectively responsible for the success of the Partnership and operates within a framework of reserved matters, delegations and assurance.
Our Partnership Board is different to most other Boards, bringing relevant skills and experience to the table through a mix of appointed and democratically elected Partners.
Sir Charlie MayfieldChairman view | close biography
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.
Mark Price CVODeputy Chairman & Managing Director, Waitrose view | close biography
Responsible for overall management of Waitrose.
Mark joined the John Lewis Partnership in 1982 as a graduate trainee. He held a number of posts before becoming Managing Director of Waitrose in April 2007. Prior to this, in 2005, Mark joined the Partnership Board taking on responsibility for strategy as Development Director. In August 2013, alongside his Waitrose MD role, Mark was also made Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership.
Mark was Chairman of Business in the Community from 2011 to 2015. His current external appointments are Chairman of The Prince's Countryside Fund and Deputy Chairman of Channel 4.
He was appointed a Commander of The Royal Victorian Order in the 2014 New Year's Honours.
Tom AthronGroup Development Director view | close biography
Responsible for considering the future shape of the Partnership, including new business opportunities and all activities within Partnership Services.
Tom Athron joined the Waitrose Board in August 2009 as Finance Director. Prior to this he was Buying Director at John Lewis, responsible for Electricals and Home Technology. He joined the Partnership in July 2005 as Head of Group Financial Strategy reporting to the Finance Director. He took up his current role in October 2015.
Tom started his career in investment banking as a graduate trainee in credit finance and structured debt at Hambros. After completing his MBA in 1999 he joined Javelin Group, a consulting firm specialising in retail and e-commerce strategy, where he worked with clients including BT, Marks & Spencer, B&Q, and Littlewoods.
Jane BurgessPartners' Counsellor view | close biography
Jane joined the John Lewis Partnership as an A level Trainee in 1975. After a successful career as a personnel manager, she left in 1988 to start a family. She returned in 1993 as a personnel manager in Waitrose. In 1998, Jane became a project manager and was responsible for the move of the Partnership's computer centre from London to Bracknell.
She became Divisional Registrar and a member of the Waitrose Management Board in October 2002 where she was responsible for making sure the Principles of the Partnership were an integral part of the Waitrose business. In April 2009 she moved to the role of Deputy Partners' Counsellor and in October 2012 took up her role as Partners' Counsellor. Her main responsibility is to challenge and encourage every Partner to play their role as co-owners, seeking to ensure that the Partnership is true to its principles and compassionate to individual Partners.
Chris CoburnInternal Communications Manager, Group view | close biography
Chris joined the Partnership as a Christmas temp in late 2011 working as a Selling Partner in Peter Jones. He secured a permanent role and joined the management training programme before being voted on to the Branch Council to represent the section manager community.
Chris went on to work in the Peter Jones staff training department and was voted to represent Peter Jones on the divisional John Lewis Council before becoming responsible for the shop's in-house magazine and news service and then being elected to represent Peter Jones Partners on the Partnership Council in 2012. He joined the Partner Group – a sub committee of the Council – in 2013 and became its Chair later that year.
Before joining the Partnership, Chris's career was mainly in sports retail including positions with Lillywhites of Piccadilly Circus. Chris joined the Board in 2015.
Steve GardinerBranch Manager, Waitrose Cirencester view | close biography
Steve joined the Partnership in 1996 as a Management Trainee for Waitrose. His training took him to branches in Petersfield and Godalming and was subsequently appointed as Department Manager to Waitrose West Byfleet.
Steve managed branches in Coulsdon and Weybridge before being appointed as Branch Manager at Waitrose Cirencester. Whilst at Cirencester Steve has completed several secondment roles, including managing Waitrose Barry and Waitrose Buxton following their acquisition to Waitrose and most recently as the Registrar for Group L.
Steve's active involvement in the democratic structure began in 2009 when he was elected as one of the Partnership Councillors for Waitrose Group G. Steve joined the Board in May 2012 and sits on the Remuneration Committee and Chairman's Nominations Committee.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Steve held management positions in Safeway and Marks & Spencer's as well as a variety of roles in the hotel and hospitality industry.
Denis HennequinNon-executive Director view | close biography
Denis joined the Partnership Board as non-executive director in March 2014. He is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee. Denis began his career at McDonald's, becoming President of McDonald's Europe in 2005 where he was responsible for 6,600 restaurants in 40 countries. He was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Accor, the worldwide hotel group, until 2013. He became a non-executive director of Eurostar in 2012 and is also Chairman of e-house (Eurostar Hotels), Non-Executive Director of Select Service Partners Limited, Director of Cojean Restaurant Investments, Chief Executive Officer of Cojean International Limited and Non-Executive Director of '1001fontaines'.
Baroness HoggNon-executive Director view | close biography
Sarah joined the Partnership Board as non-executive director in February 2011. She is Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee and sits on the Remuneration Committee and Chairman's Nominations Committee. Sarah has worked at a high level in business, government and media. She was Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council until May 2014. Sarah is Non-Executive Director of BG Group plc, Lead independent Director of HM Treasury, Member of the Takeover Panel, Independent National Director of The Times and was head of the Prime Minister's Policy Unit from 1990-1995. She was created a Life Peer in the 1995 New Year's Honours List.
Tracey KillenDirector of Personnel view | close biography
As Director of Personnel, Tracey Killen is responsible for all areas of personnel policy within the Partnership, including the identification and development of future talent.
Tracey has spent her working life with the Partnership. She joined as an A-Level Trainee in 1982 at John Lewis Bristol where, after several retail roles, she became Staff Manager in 1992. In 1995 she moved to John Lewis High Wycombe as Merchandise Manager and later that year was appointed General Manager Bristol and then General Manager Cribbs Cuseway when the Bristol shop relocated there in 1998. Tracey was promoted to Managing Director, John Lewis Cribbs Causeway in 2000 and became Personnel Director for John Lewis in July 2002. She took up her appointment as the Partnership's Director of Personnel in April 2007.
Tracey is a member of the Roffey Park Board of Trustees.
Patrick LewisGroup Finance Director view | close biography
Patrick joined the John Lewis Partnership in 1994, after initial postings in John Lewis High Wycombe, Peter Jones and John Lewis Welwyn he was appointed Merchandise Manager in 1996 and in 1997 became acting General Manager at John Lewis Watford. Patrick went on to being Managing Director, George Henry Lee and then Cheadle in 2000 after which he became Project Director, Simplification in April 2002 and then Supply Chain Director (John Lewis) in December of the same year. Patrick became Director, Retail Operations in April 2007. In 2009 Patrick took up the role of Partners' Councillor and subsequently, in October 2012 became Managing Director, Partnership Services. He took up his current role in September 2015.
Prior to joining the Partnership Patrick was Associate Consultant with Bain & Company, later becoming 'Promoted Consultant'. He then became Finance Manager at Proctor and Gamble. He has an MBA from INSEAD.
Kim LoweManaging Director, John Lewis Bluewater view | close biography
Kim Lowe joined the Partnership in 1982 as a Selling Assistant at John Lewis Nottingham, where she served in a number of roles. In 1989 she moved to John Lewis Aberdeen as Department Manager, Perfumery. She was appointed Assistant General Manager in 2001 and Operations Selling Manager in 2004. In 2007 she was promoted to General Manager, John Lewis Aberdeen. Kim was subsequently Managing Director, John Lewis Glasgow and is currently Managing Director, John Lewis Bluewater a post she has held since 2014.
Kim has been a Partnership Councillor since 2005, having previously served as a Branch Councillor at John Lewis Aberdeen. She was elected to the Partnership Board in 2007 and sits on the Nomination, Remuneration and Audit and Risk Committees.
Baiju NaikBranch Manager, Waitrose Kings Road view | close biography
Baiju joined the Partnership in September 1997 on the Waitrose Graduate Trainee programme. He was appointed as Department Manager in 1999 at Holloway Road and was promoted to Branch Manager in 2005. He has since been a manager at various branches and has also opened a new branch, before moving to his current branch, Kings Road, in 2013.
Baiju was elected to Partnership Council in 2009 and was re-elected in 2012. Baiju joined the Board in April 2015.
Lucy ParksEditor, John Lewis Chronicles, Group Victoria view | close biography
Lucy joined the Partnership in 2002 as Editor of the John Lewis Oxford Street Chronicle after a 20-year career in local and national newspapers.
She became Editor, Chronicles in 2006 as the central and professional point of contact for all the Partnership's local journalism. Soon after, she became Branch Forum representative for the Communications directorate and then, in 2009, was elected as Partnership Councillor for Group Offices.
Lucy served two terms representing her division, from 2009-2015. During that time she became Editor, John Lewis Chronicles, responsible for the 33 John Lewis Chronicle news services.
Lucy joined the Board in April 2015.
Andy StreetManaging Director, John Lewis view | close biography
Responsible for all activities within John Lewis.
Andy has spent his career at the John Lewis Partnership, joining after graduating from Oxford with a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics in 1985. Andy became Managing Director of the John Lewis Division in 2007 and has led the business through times of significant change in both the economy and the retail industry at large.
During this time, John Lewis's gross sales have increased in excess of 50% to over £4bn. It has opened 18 new shops, and the johnlewis.com business has seen annual sales of over £1bn making the department store one of the UK's most respected and successful retailers.
After initial roles in department stores, head office and manufacturing units, Andy became Managing Director of John Lewis Milton Keynes in 1993, followed by the same role at Bluewater in 1998. In 2000 he became Supply Chain Director, followed by his appointment to the Partnership Board as Director of Personnel in 2002. In 2014, Andy was named the 'Most Admirer Leader' of the year by business magazine, Management Today.
Andy is Chair of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the body tasked with driving economic growth in the region. He is also Vice Chairman of Performances Birmingham Limited, which is responsible for running the city's Symphony and Town Halls and he was a member of the Prime Minister's Business Advisory Group.
In June 2015 he was awarded a CBE for services to the economy, in his roles as managing director of John Lewis and as Chair of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.
Keith WilliamsNon-executive Director view | close biography
Keith joined the Partnership Board as non-executive director in March 2014. Keith is Chairman and Chief Executive of British Airways. Keith joined the airline in 1998 and became Chief Executive in 2011. Prior to joining British Airways he worked for a range of major corporations including Reckitt and Coleman, Apple Computer Inc and Boots. He is also Independent Non-Executive Director of Transport for London.