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Board, Board Committees and Executive Committee

Having a diverse Board with different perspectives, insights and viewpoints benefits the Group’s stakeholders through better business performance. Our Board comprises the Chairman, Group Chief Executive, Chief Financial Officer, Senior Independent Director and a number of independent Non-executive Directors.

John Allan Non-executive Chairman

Appointed March 2015
Tenure 5 years

John has significant board, retail and financial experience gained from both the commercial and financial sectors. He was CEO of Exel PLC and, when it was acquired by Deutsche Post in 2005, he joined the board of Deutsche Post, becoming CFO in 2007 until his retirement in 2009. John was chairman of Dixons Retail plc during its turnaround period, and following its merger with Carphone Warehouse was deputy chairman and senior independent director of Dixons Carphone until 2015. He was also previously a non-executive director of Worldpay Group PLC, National Grid plc, the UK Home Office Supervisory Board, 3i plc, PHS Group plc, Connell plc, Royal Mail plc, Wolseley plc and Hamleys plc and chairman of London First.

John has extensive leadership experience and a wealth of knowledge gained across a number of business sectors, including retail. As Chairman, he has a deep understanding of governance and what is required to lead an effective Board.

John is also chairman of Barratt Developments PLC, president of the Confederation of British Industry and Chair of the Council of Imperial College.

Committee membership

  • Corporate Responsibility Committee
  • Nominations and Governance Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
Dave Lewis Group Chief Executive

Appointed September 2014
Tenure 5.5 years

Dave has significant experience in brand marketing, customer management and general management. Prior to joining Tesco, he worked for Unilever for nearly 30 years in a variety of different roles across Europe, Asia and the Americas. He has experience across many sectors in the UK and overseas, and has been responsible for a number of business turnarounds. He was previously a non-executive director of Sky PLC.

Dave’s extensive international consumer experience and expertise in change management, business strategy, brand management and customer development, along with his drive, enthusiasm and commitment to customers make him a valuable member of the Board.

Dave is also a member of the Governance Committee of the Consumer Goods Forum and chair of Champions 12.3, a UN programme seeking to add momentum to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Target 12.3 by 2030.

Alan Stewart Chief Financial Officer

Appointed September 2014
Tenure 5.5 years

Alan brings to the Board significant corporate finance and accounting experience from a variety of highly competitive industries, including retail, banking and travel, as well as executive leadership experience within a listed company environment. Alan is a non-executive director of Tesco Bank. Prior to joining Tesco, he was UK CEO and CFO of Thomas Cook Holdings, group finance director of WH Smith PLC and CFO for AWAS and Marks & Spencer plc. He was previously a non-executive director of Games Workshop Group plc.

Alan’s deep understanding of financial operations and risk management, and his leadership experience and ability to set financial strategy make him a valuable member of the Board.

Alan is also a non-executive director of Diageo plc and Tesco Bank, a member of the Advisory Board, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a member of the main committee and chairman of the pension committee of the 100 Group of Finance Directors.

Deanna Oppenheimer Senior Independent Director

Appointed March 2012
Tenure 8 years

Deanna has significant marketing, brand management and consumer knowledge and experience, bringing a broad perspective to the Board. She held several senior roles at Barclays plc, including chief executive of UK Retail and Business Banking and vice chair of
Global Retail Banking. Deanna was appointed as chair of Hargreaves Lansdown plc in February 2018. She is the founder of advisory firm, CameoWorks LLC, which provides bespoke support to early stage companies. Deanna was previously a non-executive director of NCR Corporation and Worldpay, Inc.

Deanna’s extensive board, investor and commercial experience makes her a strong Senior Independent Director and fundamental to the effective operation of the Board.

Deanna is currently a non-executive chair and chair of the nomination committee for Hargreaves Lansdown, a non-executive director of Whitbread PLC, founder of the consumer-focused boutique advisory firm, CameoWorks LLC and senior advisor to Bain & Company.

Committee membership

  • Corporate Responsibility Committee
  • Nominations and Governance Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
Mark Armour Independent Non-executive Director

Appointed September 2013
Tenure 6.5 years

Mark has significant strategic planning and financial expertise, as well as experience of executive leadership. He was CFO of Reed Elsevier Group plc and its two parent companies,
Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV (now RELX PLC), from 1996 to 2012. This role has provided him with considerable experience of digital business transition and operating in a
multi-channel environment. Prior to joining Reed Elsevier, he was a partner at Price Waterhouse in London. He was previously a non-executive director and chair of the audit
committee of SABMiller PLC.

Mark’s background in finance, risk and strategy and associated sectors make him a valuable member of the Board.

Mark is a member of the Takeover Panel.

Committee membership

  • Audit Committee
Melissa Bethell Independent Non-executive Director

Appointed September 2018
Tenure 1.5 years

Melissa brings to the Board a wealth of international business strategy and investment management experience. Melissa is currently a partner of Atairos, an equity investment fund backed by Comcast NBCUniversal. She is managing partner of the London office and responsible for Atairos’ investment activities in Europe. Melissa was previously a managing director of Bain Capital, where she worked for over 18 years and was a member of the senior leadership team responsible for strategy setting, fundraising and portfolio management. Prior to joining Bain Capital, Melissa worked in the capital markets group at Goldman, Sachs & Co., with a particular focus on media and technology. She was also previously a director of Ship Midco Limited and served as a non-executive director of Samsonite Corporation (Samsonite International S.A.), Worldpay Group PLC and Atento S.A.

Melissa’s extensive international corporate experience, with a focus in the financial sector is invaluable in delivering our strategy.

Melissa is currently a partner at Atairos and managing director of Atairos Europe and a non-executive director and chairman of the audit committee of Exor N.V.

Committee membership

  • Audit Committee
Stewart Gilliland Independent Non-executive Director

Appointed March 2018
Tenure 2 years

Stewart has significant business and management experience in international markets, specifically those in Europe, having previously held roles with leading consumer-facing companies, including Whitbread, Mitchells & Butler and Interbrew. He held the position of chief executive of Müller Dairies UK and Ireland until 2010. Prior to joining Tesco, he was chairman of Booker Group plc.

Stewart has over 20 years’ experience and knowledge in international marketing, logistics and business management
having held a number of senior roles, predominantly in customer-centric businesses. The breadth and diversity of
his experience benefit the Board.

Stewart is interim executive chairman of C&C Group plc, chairman of Curious Drinks Limited and a non-executive director and chairman of the Remuneration Committee of Nature's Way Foods Ltd.

Committee membership

  • Audit Committee
  • Nominations and Governance Committee
Steve Golsby Independent Non-executive Director

Appointed October 2016
Tenure 3.5 years

Steve has a wealth of knowledge of operating internationally, specifically significant leadership experience in Asia. He has a strong background in consumer marketing and held senior executive positions with Bristol-Myers Squibb and Unilever, before being appointed president of Mead Johnson Nutrition, a leading global infant nutrition company, in 2004. He was president and CEO from 2008 to 2013 and a non-executive director from 2013 to 2017. He was also previously a non-executive director of Beam Inc. His extensive international and board experience give
him invaluable insights and understanding as Chair of the Remuneration Committee.

Steve’s extensive experience of building and developing international businesses, together with his operational experience and strong background in consumer marketing, make him a valuable member of the Board. As Chairman of the Remuneration Committee, he is responsible for setting and implementing the remuneration policy.

Steve is an advisor to Thai Union Group PLC, a global leader in the seafood industry, honorary investment advisor to the Thailand Board of Investment, honorary advisor to The British Chamber of Commerce Thailand and external advisor to Bain & Company.

Committee membership

  • Corporate Responsibility Committee
  • Remuneration Committee (Chair)
Byron Grote Independent Non-executive Director

Appointed May 2015
Tenure 5 years

Byron brings broad financial and international experience to the Board, having worked across BP PLC in a variety of commercial, operational and executive roles covering numerous geographies. Byron’s strategic focus and financial experience complements the balance of skills on the Board and makes him ideal for the role of Chair of the Audit Committee. He served on the BP PLC board from 2000 until 2013 and was BP’s CFO during much of that period. He was previously a non-executive director of Unilever PLC.

Byron brings a wide range of experience and skills including finance, strategy, risk and supply chain logistics through a variety of executive and non-executive roles. He is Chairman of the Audit Committee and, as such, is responsible for leading the Committee to ensure effective internal controls and risk management systems are in place.

Byron is senior independent director of Anglo American PLC, non-executive director of Standard Chartered PLC and vice chairman of the Supervisory Board of Akzo Nobel NV.

Committee membership

  • Audit Committee (Chair)
  • Nominations and Governance Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
Mikael Olsson Independent Non-executive Director

Appointed November 2014
Tenure 5.5 years

Mikael joined the Board after an extensive career at IKEA Group, holding a variety of senior roles including being a member of the executive committee from 1995 until 2013 and holding the position of CEO and president from 2009 until 2013. He brings a wealth of retail and value chain experience as well as knowledge of sustainability, people and strategy in an international environment. He was previously a non-executive director and vice chairman of Volvo Cars AB.

Mikael brings an extensive range of skills with his strategic, retail and property experience through his executive and non-executive directorships, supporting the delivery of the Group’s strategy.

Mikael is non-executive director of Ikano S.A., and Lindengruppen AB, and non-executive director and chair of the people committee (combined nomination and remuneration committee) of The Royal Schiphol Group.

Committee membership

  • Corporate Responsibility Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
Simon Patterson Independent Non-executive Director

Appointed April 2016
Tenure 4 years

Simon has extensive knowledge of and years of experience in finance, technology and global operations gained in various management and leadership roles. He was a member of the founding management team of the logistics software company Global Freight Exchange and has worked at the Financial Times and McKinsey & Company. He has previously served on the boards of Skype, MultiPlan, Cegid Group, Intelsat, Gerson Lehrman Group and N Brown Group.

Simon brings to the Board more than 20 years’ experience in senior positions, predominantly in the management consultancy, technology, digital and finance sectors.

Simon is managing director of Silver Lake Partners, a leading global technology investment firm, board member of Dell Technologies Inc., Zephyr Holdco Limited and FlixBus, a trustee of the Natural History Museum and trustee of the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Committee Membership

  • Audit Committee
Alison Platt Independent Non-executive Director

Appointed April 2016
Tenure 4 years

Alison has extensive experience of leadership in customer-driven organisations across the healthcare, insurance and property sectors. As CEO of Countrywide, a position she held until January 2018, she gained significant business-to-business experience adding this to the international experience she gained while leading a number of Bupa’s businesses across Asia, Southern and Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Alison’s experience as a CEO enables her to provide challenge and advice to the Board across a range of issues. Alison was previously chair of Opportunity Now and a non-executive director of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Cable and Wireless Communications PLC.

Alison has gained significant business-to-business and international commercial experience from working for high-profile consumerfacing companies. Her membership of the steering group for the Hampton-Alexander Review provides strategic insights on diversity and inclusion.

Alison is currently a non-executive director of Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC and a member of the steering group of the Hampton-Alexander Review.

Committee Membership

  • Nominations and Governance Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
Lindsey Pownall Independent Non-executive Director

Appointed April 2016
Tenure 4 years

Lindsey has substantial experience in food, grocery and retail brand development, having enjoyed a career of more than 20 years at Samworth Brothers, the leading UK supplier of premium quality chilled and ambient foods. She joined the Samworth board in 2001 and served as chief executive between 2011 and 2015. Lindsey is a passionate advocate of supplier relationships, customers, colleagues and sustainability which directly support Tesco’s strategy and her role as Chair of the Corporate Responsibility Committee.

Lindsey’s in-depth understanding of the food retail sector and stakeholder focus together with her wealth of experience in supply leadership and strategic development make her a valuable member of the Board. As Chair of the Corporate Responsibility Committee, she is responsible for corporate responsibility objectives and strategy.

Lindsey is also a non-executive director of Story Contracting Limited, P and P Food Safety Holdings (Delaware) Inc. and Senior Advisor of Paine Schwartz Partners, LLC.

Committee Membership

  • Corporate Responsibility Committee (Chair)
Robert Welch Group Company Secretary

Appointed August 2016

Robert has worked as a company secretary for over 25 years during which time he has held the positions of group company secretary at FirstGroup plc and company secretary at Kazakhmys PLC. Robert has also held senior positions at BPB plc and Kwik Save Group PLC.

He is a member of the ICSA’s Company Secretaries’ Forum and the Association of General Counsel and Company Secretaries of FTSE 100 companies.