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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 CBE Non-executive Chairman

Appointed March 2015

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, Chair of the Council of Imperial College, Vice-President of the Confederation of British Industry, where he was previously President from June 2018 – June 2020 and Member of Adult Advisory Group to Money and Pensions Service Board.

Committee membership

  • Nominations and Governance Committee (Chair)
  • Corporate Responsibility Committee
  • Remuneration Committee
Ken Murphy Group Chief Executive Officer

Appointed October 2020

Ken Murphy joined the Board of Tesco PLC on 1 October 2020. Prior to joining Tesco, Ken worked for Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc for over 20 years in a number of senior management roles across the business. Through his role as Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer and President Global Brands at Walgreens Boots Alliance, Ken had overall responsibility for brand strategy and the commercial offer in the retail businesses of Walgreens and Boots. He previously worked for Procter & Gamble and Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC).

Ken is a growth-orientated business leader with strong commercial, marketing and brand experience within retail and wholesale businesses. He has experience in global product brand management, product development, sales and marketing, sourcing, manufacturing and distribution.

 

Imran Nawaz Chief Financial Officer

Appointed on 1 May 2021

Imran has broad financial, strategic and international experience gained across a number of large multinational organisations. Prior to joining Tesco, he was CFO of Tate & Lyle PLC and held a number of senior financial roles across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with a career of over 16-years at Mondelez International and Kraft Foods. He started his career with Deloitte and Philip Morris in corporate audit.

Imran will bring to the Board a deep experience of the global food industry with a proven track record of financial leadership as well as executive leadership experience within a listed company environment.

Melissa Bethell Independent Non-executive Director

Appointed September 2018

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 and technology sectors, is invaluable in delivering our strategy.

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

Committee membership

  • Audit Committee
Bertrand Bodson Independent Non-executive Director

Appointed June 2021

Bertrand is an accomplished business executive, who has run multi-billion pound businesses, with significant experience of digital transformation, technology and the application of AI. He is chief digital officer at Novartis and was previously chief digital and marketing officer at Sainsbury’s Argos, executive vice president for global digital at EMI Music and co-founder, CEO of Bragster.com and non-executive director of Electrocomponents PLC. He has also held senior roles at Amazon and started his career at Boston Consulting Group.

Bertrand will bring exceptional leadership and business expertise to the Board, as well as experience in delivering corporate transformation programmes while maintaining a focus on performance. His significant knowledge of digital and technology matters gained across a number of sectors, including retail, will further enhance the Board’s oversight of these areas and the delivery of the strategy.

Bertrand is also a chief digital officer of Novartis and member of the Supervisory Board of Wolter Kluwer NV.

Committee Membership

  • Corporate Responsibility Committee
Thierry Garnier Independent Non-executive Director

Appointed on 30 April 2021

Thierry has significant retail experience both in the UK and internationally. Since 2019 he has been chief executive officer of Kingfisher plc and previously spent over 20 years at Carrefour, the French multi-national retailer. At Carrefour he held a number of senior roles, including CEO of Carrefour Asia, CEO of Carrefour International and managing director of supermarkets for Carrefour France, and was a member of the Carrefour group executive committee.

Thierry brings extensive experience in the retail sector, with a successful track record of implementing business transformation and driving leading edge digital innovation in competitive and rapidly changing retail environments.

Thierry is also a chief executive officer of Kingfisher PLC. 

Committee Membership

  • Remuneration Committee
Stewart Gilliland Independent Non-executive Director

Appointed March 2018

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 Non-Executive Chairman of C&C Group plc and IG Design Group plc, a non-executive director and chairman of the remuneration committee of Nature's Way Foods Ltd and a non-executive director of Chapel Down Group plc.

Committee membership

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

Appointed October 2016

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 Chair 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 and external advisor to Bain & Company.

Committee membership

  • Remuneration Committee (Chair)
  • Corporate Responsibility Committee
  • Nominations and Governance Committee
Byron Grote Senior Independent Director

Appointed May 2015

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 complement the balance of skills on the Board and make 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 Chair of the Audit Committee, responsible for leading the Committee to ensure effective internal controls and risk management systems are in place across Tesco.

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
Simon Patterson Independent Non-executive Director

Appointed April 2016

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, board member of Dell Technologies Inc., ZPG 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 CMG Independent Non-executive Director

Appointed April 2016

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-tobusiness and international commercial experience from working for high-profile consumer-facing 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, non-executive director of Spectrum Wellness Holdings Limited and a member of the steering group of the Hampton-Alexander Review.

Committee Membership

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

Appointed April 2016

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 and Story Contracting Holdings Limited, a Senior Advisor of Paine Schwartz Partners LLC and Director of The Ho-So Initiative Limited. 

Committee Membership

  • Corporate Responsibility Committee (Chair)
  • Remuneration Committee
Karen Whitworth Independent Non-executive Director

Appointed June 2021

Karen has significant retail, strategic and financial experience gained through a number of commercial, operational and governance roles. Karen was previously a supervisory board member and member of the audit committee at GS1 UK Limited. She spent over 10 years at J Sainsbury plc, latterly as a member of the commercial board and director of Non-Food Grocery and New Business. Prior to joining J Sainsbury in 2007, she was Finance Director at online entertainment business BGS Holdings Limited and held a number of senior roles at Intercontinental Hotels Group Plc. Her early career was spent at Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC), where she qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

Karen brings a wealth of experience and extensive knowledge of the retail sector, in particular logistics and supply chain, finance and risk, to the Board.

Karen is also a non-executive director of The Rank Group PLC, a non-executive director of Tritax Big Box REIT PLC and independent adviser to GrowUp Urban Farms Limited.

Committee Membership

  • Audit Committee
  • Corporate Responsibility Committee
Robert Welch Group Company Secretary

Appointed August 2016

Robert provides legal and corporate governance advice to the Board. He has worked as a company secretary for more than 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 executive committee of the Association of General Counsel and Company Secretaries of FTSE 100 companies, the ICSA’s Company Secretaries’ Forum and the CBI Companies Committee.