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Board Members' Biographies

Andrew Higginson
Chairman

Andrew joined the Group as Deputy Chairman and Chairman Elect in October 2014 and became Chairman in January 2015. He is a member of the Nomination, Remuneration and Corporate Compliance and Responsibility Committees. Andrew is currently the Chairman of N Brown Group Plc, a Non-Executive Director of Woolworths Holdings Limited (South Africa), McCurrach UK Ltd and the RFU (Rugby Football Union). Andrew was previously the Chairman of Poundland Group Plc, Senior Independent Director of BSkyB Plc and an Executive Director at Tesco Plc for 15 years.

David Potts
Chief Executive Officer

David joined the Group as Chief Executive on 16 March 2015. He is a member of the Corporate Compliance and Responsibility Committee. David is a vastly experienced retailer who joined Tesco at the age of 16 and worked for it for 39 years. He rose to become successively CEO of its Ireland business, its UK retail stores business and then CEO of Tesco Asia. David was also on the Tesco Plc Main Board from 1998 until he left in 2011. Prior to his appointment as CEO of Morrisons David held several advisory positions with a number of private equity and consultancy firms. Since leaving Tesco in December 2011 he has developed his own retail concept to sell general merchandise and also worked on two extensive retail projects back in the UK.

Trevor Strain
Chief Financial Officer

Trevor joined the Group in June 2009 as Commercial and Operations Finance Director. In June 2011 he became Finance Director Corporate and took responsibility for the Company’s productivity programmes. Trevor joined the Board as Chief Financial Officer on 10 April 2013. Prior to joining Morrisons he worked for Tesco in a number of roles until his appointment as UK Property Finance Director in 2006 and subsequently UK Planning and Reporting Finance Director. Trevor began his career with Arthur Andersen and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Rooney Anand
Senior Independent Director

Rooney joined the Group as a Non-Executive Director and Senior Independent Director in January 2016. He is a member of the Nomination, Remuneration and Corporate Compliance and Responsibility Committees. Rooney is currently the CEO of Greene King Plc, a role he has held since 2005. Rooney joined Greene King Plc in 2001 as Managing Director of its Brewery Company following a career with United Biscuits and then Sara Lee.

Neil Davidson CBE
Chair of the Corporate Compliance and Responsibility Committee

Neil joined the Group as a Non-Executive Director in October 2015. He is the Chairman of the Corporate Compliance and Responsibility Committee and a member of the Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees. Neil has had an extensive career in food manufacturing beginning at Northern Foods Plc where he became Managing Director of its milk division. Neil subsequently became Chief Executive Officer of Express Dairies Plc and Arla Foods UK. Neil is currently a Non-Executive Director of Produce Investments Plc and Chairman of The Cricketer Publishing Ltd. Neil was previously a Non-Executive Director of Permission Plc and Northern Recruitment Group Plc and was Chairman of Cherry Valley Farms Limited.

Belinda Richards
Chair of the Audit Committee

Belinda joined the Group as a Non-Executive Director in September 2015. She is the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Nomination, Remuneration and Corporate Compliance and Responsibility Committees. She is currently the Senior Independent Director of Grainger Plc and a Non-Executive Director of Aviva UK Life & Pensions. Belinda serves on the Advisory Group of Audit Committee Chairmen at the Financial Reporting Council. Belinda is also a member of the Governing Council of the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation, a not for profit think-tank focussed on research in Financial Services. Belinda was previously a Non-Executive Director of Balfour Beatty Plc and Friends Life Group Plc.

Paula Vennells
Non-Executive Director

Paula joined the Group as a Non-Executive Director in January 2016.  She is a member of the Audit, Nomination, Remuneration and Corporate Compliance and Responsibility Committees. Paula is currently Chief Executive of the Post Office, a role she has held since 2012. Paula joined the Post Office in 2007, where she held a number of senior roles including Sales & Network Director. Previously, she was Group Commercial Director of Whitbread Plc having started her career with Unilever and L’Oreal.  Paula has also held directorships in sales and marketing with a number of major retailers including Dixons Stores Group, now Dixons Carphone plc, Sears plc and Argos.  Paula is currently Chairman of First Rate Exchange Services Ltd, a Non-Executive Director and Trustee for Hymns Ancient & Modern Group, a Trustee of Go On UK and a member of the Future High Street Forum.



Information correct at 1 September 2016

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