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Category Technical Director for Tesco

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Alison Horner
Chief People Officer

Amanda Sankey

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Product Development Manager

Andrew Boyle

Andrew Boyle
Development Project Manager

Andrew Yaxley

Andrew Yaxley
CEO Ireland

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Head of Brand Advertising

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Chief Executive, Diabetes UK

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CEO Tesco Bank and Group Strategy Director

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Magic Breakfast Founder

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Dan Jago
Group Wine Director

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Georg Fischer
CEO Tesco Malaysia

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Head of Opportunities for Young People

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Helen Dwyer
Buying Manager

James Stephen

James Stephen
Aberdeenshire TSDG dairy farmer and Committee Chairman

Jill Easterbrook

Jill Easterbrook
Group Business Transformation Director

John Christie

John Christie
CEO Tesco Lotus

Judith Nelson

Judith Nelson
UK Personnel Director

Karen Tonks

Karen Tonks
Tesco Company Nutritionist

Kelcey Hwang

Kelcey Hwang
Team Leader - Corporate Social Responsibility Team of Tesco Homeplus

Kevin Doherty OBE

Kevin Doherty OBE
Project Director Group Processes

Laura Carter

Laura Carter
Service Manager, Manchester Metro

Laura Jewell

Laura Jewell
Product Development Manager

Linda Cregan

Linda Cregan
CEO, Children’s Food Trust

Lindsay Boswell

Lindsay Boswell
CEO FareShare

Luke Hickton

Luke Hickton
Innovation Team

Mark Little

Mark Little
Head of Food Waste Reduction

Martina Milburn CBE

Martina Milburn CBE
CEO of The Prince’s Trust

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Michael Fallon
Defence Secretary

Mike Baess

Mike Baess
Tesco Food Writer

Mike McNamara

Mike McNamara
Chief Information Officer

Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg
Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minister

Paul Jones

Paul Jones
Head of Design

Paul Morris

Paul Morris
Customer Communications Director, UK Marketing

Paul Ritchie

Paul Ritchie
CEO Tesco China

Paul Wilkinson

Paul Wilkinson
Head of Technology Research at Tesco Labs

Pornpen Nartpiriyarat

Pornpen Nartpiriyarat
Head of Trading Law and Technical, Tesco Lotus

Rachel Bushby

Rachel Bushby
Early Careers Programme Manager

Raymond Blanc

Raymond Blanc
Chef

Rebecca Shelley

Rebecca Shelley
Group Communications Director

Robert Folly

Robert Folly
Store Manager

Robin Terrell

Robin Terrell
Chief Customer Officer

Sarah Mackie

Sarah Mackie
Head of Local Sourcing

Simon Hay

Simon Hay
Chief Executive - dunnhumby

Tom Hind

Tom Hind
Group Agriculture Director

Tracey Clements

Tracey Clements
Community & Customer Experience Director

Trevor Masters

Trevor Masters
CEO International

23 January 2013

A world of opportunity

By Judith Nelson

Judith Nelson

In my job, I’m really lucky to meet lots of interesting people; government ministers, leaders of industry, and most importantly our colleagues and customers who shop in our stores. 

Whenever I tell someone I work for Tesco, I get a variety of reactions but there’s always a genuine interest: ‘what’s that like then?'  Everyone has a view on Tesco, but often their view of what it’s like to work here couldn’t be further from the truth. They’re surprised at what you tell them. And the word that surprises and engages people most is opportunity.

This week, we welcome nearly 1,000 new colleagues in the UK, with a new dotcom store which opened in Crawley on Monday, creating 700 jobs. Tomorrow our 50th ‘regeneration partnership’ store opens in Corby, with 300 new roles. Through these 50 regeneration partnerships, we’ve worked with local councils and colleges around the country to recruit and train more than 5,000 people who’ve been out of work for more than six months. You can watch a film about one of our earlier regeneration partnerships, Widnes.

I’m really proud that we’ve been able to support so many talented and enthusiastic colleagues back into work and we’re just about to start recruiting for two more stores in the North East.  When times are tough for many people, I’m pleased that we’re still able to create opportunities and use our scale for good.

Retailing jobs get a bad press. You hear the “shelf stacker” cliché used casually, but I can’t think of another business that offers such a huge scale and breadth of opportunities, no matter what level you join at. At Tesco you really can progress from the ‘shopfloor to boardroom’ – it’s a reality and I know because I have experienced it. I joined the Tesco team without a degree, managed to talk my way onto the graduate scheme and from there worked my way up through the business, in stores and in head office, in the UK and abroad, to become UK Personnel Director and part of the UK Leadership team. I’m not the only one - there are many examples of colleagues who have had a similar journey. Our new UK Managing Director, Chris Bush, joined Tesco at 16 and has run our businesses in Thailand and Malaysia before coming back to lead the UK.

So my welcome message to our new colleagues would be that they’re joining a dynamic, passionate team who really care about making what matters better together for our colleagues, our customers and our communities. Everyone is welcome, whoever you are, whatever your background or experience, if you want to get on, move up and build a great career at Tesco, there is nothing stopping you.

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