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John Lewis Partnership appointment

Thursday 27 November 2014

The John Lewis Partnership announces that Loraine Woodhouse is to join the Board of John Lewis Partnership plc on 1 December 2014 as Acting Group Finance Director.

The Partnership announced on 17 November 2014 that Helen Weir, the Partnership's Finance Director, had tendered her resignation with a six month notice period. Helen will step down from the Board on 1 December 2014 and commence gardening leave on 30 January 2015. In the meantime, Helen will conclude and handover various projects related to her role, ensuring a smooth transition.

Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, said: 'I would like to thank Helen for the valuable contribution she has made during her time in the Partnership.'

Loraine Woodhouse joined the Partnership in August 2013 after leaving her previous role as Finance Director of fashion retailer Hobbs.

Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership said: 'I am delighted that Loraine has agreed to join the Board on an interim basis. Loraine has been leading our Group Finance Team and is perfectly placed to lead a seamless transition.'

Notes to Editors

The John Lewis Partnership - The John Lewis Partnership operates 43 John Lewis shops across the UK (31 department stores, 10 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2),, 332 Waitrose shops, 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 90,000 staff are Partners in the business.


For further information please contact:

John Lewis Partnership
Neil Spring, Group Senior External Communications Manager 
Telephone: 020 7592 6292

Citigate Dewe Rogerson
Simon Rigby
Telephone: 020 7638 9571