Andy Harrison

Andy Harrison

Chairman

NR

Chair of the Nominations Committee

Key strengths: A former CEO with considerable experience of leading large consumer facing organisations with a strong service offer. Long-standing plc experience and shareholder understanding.

Dunelm role: Chairs the Board, which is responsible for Group strategy, performance, risk oversight and good governance. Chairs the Nominations Committee. Provided interim executive support in the year pending appointment of new CEO. Regularly visits stores and the webstore to meet colleagues and members of the senior management team. Participates in investor presentations and some shareholder meetings.

Joined Dunelm Board: September 2014.

Previous experience: Chief Executive of Whitbread plc from 2010 to 2016. Chief Executive of easyJet plc from 2005 to 2010. Chief Executive of RAC plc between 1996 and 2005. Non-Executive Director and Chair of Audit Committee at EMAP plc from 2000 to 2008.

Other commitments: None.

Will Adderley

Will Adderley

Deputy Chairman

N

Key strengths: Has worked in, and is familiar with, all parts of the Group. Specific strengths in buying and trading with strong and long-standing supplier relationships. Has been instrumental in growing the Group to its current size having developed the out-of-town format in the late 1990s.

Dunelm role: Director and major shareholder, who spends his time on strategic activities which protect and enhance shareholder value and preserve the Group’s culture and values. Member of the Nominations Committee.

Joined Dunelm Board: 1992, and has worked for Dunelm for his whole career. He took over the day-to-day running of the Group from his father in 1996. Remained as Chief Executive through the Group’s IPO in 2006. Became Deputy Chairman in February 2011 and was reappointed Chief Executive in September 2014. Resumed his role as Deputy Chairman in January 2016. Retains an executive role to support the business in matters agreed with the CEO, and as required. Current focus is on buying, merchandising and mentoring colleagues internally.

Previous experience: All parts of Dunelm’s business.

Other commitments: WA Capital Limited.

Nick Wilkinson

Nick Wilkinson

Chief Executive Officer

Key strengths: An experienced CEO, with proven business leadership in multi-channel retail businesses operating across a number of consumer brands and geographies.

Dunelm role: Leads the Group and Chairs the Executive Board. Proposes the Strategy to be approved by the Board, and accountable for delivery of strategic and financial objectives. In addition to his Board responsibilities, liaises with the Remuneration Committee in respect of below Board remuneration, and attends Audit and Risk Committee meetings by invitation.

Joined Dunelm Board: February 2018

Previous experience: Chief Executive of Evans Cycles (2011-2016); Chief Executive of Maxeda DIY (2007-2010); Group Buying Director and MD of Currys at Dixons Retail Group (1999-2006). Early career at Unilever and McKinsey & Co.

Other commitments: Trustee of Age UK.

Liz Doherty

Liz Doherty

Non-Executive Director

ANR

Senior Independent Director
Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee

Key strengths: A former Finance Director with extensive operational experience in international consumer and retail businesses, specifically with brands, marketing and online. Long-standing plc experience and shareholder understanding.

Dunelm role: As a Non-Executive Director, provides strategic advice, monitors management performance and oversees risk management. Regularly visits stores and the webstore to meet store colleagues and members of the senior management team. Attends investor presentations and shareholder meetings. Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Joined Dunelm Board: May 2013.

Previous experience: Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA). Finance Director of Reckitt Benckiser plc (2011 to 2013), Brambles Limited (Australia) (2007 to 2009) and Group International Finance Director of Tesco PLC from 2003 to 2007.

Other commitments: Non-Executive Director of Corbion NV and Novartis International AG.

William Reeve

William Reeve

Non-Executive Director

ANR

Chair of the Remuneration Committee

Key strengths: An entrepreneur and investor with deep digital experience.

Dunelm role: As a Non-Executive Director, provides strategic advice, monitors management performance and oversees risk management. Regularly visits stores and the webstore to meet colleagues and members of the senior management team. Attends investor presentations and shareholder meetings. Chair of the Remuneration Committee.

Joined Dunelm Board: July 2015.

Previous experience: Co-founder of three internet-related businesses: Fletcher Research, LOVEFiLM.com, and Secret Escapes. Non-Executive Director of numerous others including Graze.com, Paddy Power plc and Zoopla.

Other commitments: Chief Executive of Oh Goodlord Limited.

Peter Ruis

Peter Ruis

Non-Executive Director

ANR

Key strengths: A current Managing Director with deep experience in retail and brands, working for both large and more entrepreneurial organisations, with a particular expertise in marketing and product.

Dunelm role: As a Non-Executive Director, provides strategic advice, monitors management performance and oversees risk management. Regularly visits stores and the webstore to meet colleagues and members of the senior management team. Attends investor presentations and shareholder meetings.

Joined Dunelm Board: September 2015.

Previous experience: Chief Executive of Jigsaw (2013-2018). Senior positions at John Lewis Partnership (2005 to 2013), Levi Strauss (2001 to 2004) and Ted Baker (1997 to 2001).

Other commitments: Managing Director of URBN Corporation.

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Marion Sears

Non-Executive Director

N

Designated Non-Executive Director for colleague matters

Key strengths: Extensive City, investor and banking experience including mergers and acquisitions. Customer focused and strategic. Long-standing plc experience and shareholder understanding.

Dunelm role: As a Non-Executive Director, provides strategic advice, monitors management performance and oversees risk management. Regularly visits stores and the webstore to meet store colleagues and members of the senior management team. Now non-independent, as defined by tenure, but asked to remain on the Board by the Board members and Adderley family. Attends investor presentations and shareholder meetings. Designated Non-Executive Director for colleague matters.

Joined Dunelm Board: Marion was Senior Independent Director and Chair of Remuneration Committee 2006–2015 and Chair of Nominations Committee until 2016.

Previous experience: Robert Fleming, JP Morgan Investment Banking.

Other commitments: Non-Executive Director of Persimmon plc, Fidelity European Values plc, Aberdeen New Dawn Investment Trust plc and Director of WA Capital Limited.

Dawn Durrant

Dawn Durrant

Company Secretary

Key strengths: Extensive plc company secretarial and legal experience including corporate governance, legal and regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, company and commercial, retail and consumer law.

Dunelm role: Responsible for governance, legal and regulatory matters. Member of the Executive Board.

Joined Dunelm: November 2011.

Previous experience: Qualified as a solicitor at Allen & Overy (1988 to 1994). Company Secretary of Geest plc between 1994 and 2005.

Other commitments: None.

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Bill Adderley

Founder and Life President

 

Bill, together with his wife Jean, founded the business in 1979. Although no longer on the Board or actively involved in management, Bill and Jean remain major shareholders and frequently visit stores.

Committee memberships

 

A Audit and Risk Committee member

N Nominations Committee member

R Remuneration Committee member

Notes:

John Browett was Chief Executive Officer during the financial year to 30 June 2018. He resigned and stepped down from the Board on 29 August 2017.

Keith Down was Chief Financial Officer during the financial year to 30 June 2018. He resigned and stepped down from the Board on 24 May 2018.

Simon Emeny retired as planned from his role as Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee at the AGM on 21 November 2017.

Rachel Osborne was appointed to the Board on 1 April 2018 as a Non-Executive Director, and stepped down on 29 August 2018 to take up an executive role on the Board of a competitor.

Laura Carr will join the Board as Chief Financial Officer on 29 November 2018. Details of her background and appointment are in the Nominations Committee Report.

David Stead, Dunelm's former Chief Financial Officer (September 2003 to December 2015) has provided interim support pending Laura's arrival since April 2018, although he has not been appointed to the Board over this short period.