john lewis partnership
The John Lewis Partnership (johnlewispartnership.co.uk) owns and operates two of Britain's best-loved retail brands - John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners. Started as a radical idea nearly a century ago, the Partnership is now the largest employee-owned business in the UK, with 83,900 employees who are all Partners in the business and share in its profits. The Partnership operates on strong democratic principles, which means that every Partner has a say in how the organisation is run. The business has annual gross sales of over £11.7bn, 400 shops and a leading online business. Its commercial strategy is focused on differentiation rather than scale, through investment in innovation and Partner led service.
Sharon White has been the Chief Executive Officer of the UK’s communication regulator Ofcom since March 2015.
After reading Economics at Cambridge University and attaining a Masters degree from University College, London, Sharon began her career at HM Treasury before moving to the post of First Secretary at the British Embassy. She subsequently took on a role as Prime Minister’s Advisor on Welfare Reform in the Downing Street Policy Unit and then moved to become Senior Economist on Poverty Reduction and Economic Management at The World Bank.
Prior to taking on the role as CEO of Ofcom, Sharon carried out a number of senior roles within UK Government over a 12 year period including, Second Permanent Secretary and Director General, Public Spending, HM Treasury, Director General, Law, Rights and International at the Ministry of Justice, Chief Executive Officer for the Criminal Justice System in the Office for Criminal Justice Reform and Director, Policy for the International Development Department.
Sharon is also a non-executive Board member of Barratt Developments Plc, the UK FTSE 100 house builder, a Trustee of Sadler’s Wells Trust Ltd and is a visiting fellow of Nuffield College, University of Oxford.
Sir Charlie Mayfield
Charlie Mayfield became the Partnership’s fifth Chairman in March 2007. He joined the Partnership in March 2000. Before becoming Chairman, he was responsible for the Partnership’s business strategy and business development for three years, followed by two years as Managing Director, John Lewis.
Charlie began his career as an officer in the Scots Guards. He joined SmithKline Beecham as Marketing Manager for the Lucozade account in 1992, moving to the post of Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co in 1996, working with consumer and retail organisations with particular reference to e-commerce.
Charlie is Chair of the Productivity Leadership Group and is the President of the Employee Ownership Association. He is also a Trustee of Place2Be, a Trustee of the British Museum and the Non-Executive Chairman of QA. Previously Charlie was the Government-appointed Chair of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills from 2010 to 2016, Chair of the British Retail Consortium from 2014 to 2016 and was a Director of FabIndia and London First.
Charlie was knighted in 2013 for services to business. He has an MBA from Cranfield. He received an honorary doctorate from Loughborough University in 2013 and an honorary doctorate in Science from the University of Reading in 2014.