Press releases

Director of Legal Services and Company Secretary

Friday 27 June 2014

The John Lewis Partnership announces that Margaret Casely-Hayford, Director of Legal Services and Company Secretary has decided to retire from the Partnership at the end of July 2014. Margaret has been appointed to the position of Chair of the Charity Action Aid UK and is also a Non-Executive Director of NHS England. She has decided that she now wishes to focus on these two significant roles.

Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, said: 'We wish Margaret every success in the future and I thank her for her contribution to the Partnership. During her time with us, Margaret has built a professional and highly regarded legal team who have provided excellent support to the Partnership, and has established a valuable regulatory risk compliance framework during a period of rapid change and growth'.

The Partnership is in the process of recruiting a permanent successor, and has appointed Alan Buchanan as interim Director of Legal Services and Company Secretary to take effect from 1 August 2014. Alan is a qualified and experienced lawyer and Company Secretary. Most of his career has been spent with British Airways, joining them in 1990, first as their Principal Legal Adviser, Finance and then, after 10 years, becoming their Company Secretary.

Alan's most recent role has been as Company Secretary for BUPA. He has also held several non-executive roles and is currently a Trustee of the British Airways Defined Benefit Pension Schemes.


Notes to editors

The John Lewis Partnership - The John Lewis Partnership operates 42 John Lewis shops across the UK (31 department stores, 10 John Lewis at home and a shop at Heathrow Terminal 2), johnlewis.com, 320 Waitrose shops, waitrose.com and business to business contracts in the UK and abroad. The business has annual gross sales of over £10bn. It is the UK's largest example of worker co-ownership where all 91,000 staff are Partners in the business.


Enquiries

For further information please contact:

John Lewis Partnership

Neil Spring, Group Senior External Communications Manager
Telephone: 020 7592 6296

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Simon Rigby / Jos Bieneman
Telephone: 020 7638 9571