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Published on September 9th, 2019 | by The GC Team


John Lewis Partnership appoints Independent Directors

The John Lewis Partnership has announced the appointment of two Independent Directors in a move designed to “provide insight and challenge to the Partnership”.

Dame Clare Tickell, who joins the business with an impressive career dating back many decades, takes up her role from 14 October. She is currently Non-Executive Director at the National Audit Office, Chair of the Board at the Early Intervention Foundation and a Fellow of the RSA.

Michael Herlihy, who was appointed as Partnership Secretary and a member of the Partnership’s Executive Team in April 2018, will begin his new role from 3 February 2020. He joined the Partnership from Smiths Group plc, where he was General Counsel for almost 10 years, prior to which he spent 26 years at Imperial Chemical Industries plc and also held a variety of non-executive roles. He is a solicitor and graduate of Oxford University. 

“The roots of these new roles go all the way back to the original principles and organisation that Spedan Lewis designed for the Partnership and to be asked to take on this responsibility at such a challenging time is a huge honour,” Herlihy commented.

Both Independent Directors will report to John Lewis Partnership Chairman Sir Charlie Mayfield, who said the new roles are formed as part of the business’s review of the Partnership’s governance structure. 

“They are designed to provide a source of insight and challenge on the extent to which they are upholding the Principles of the Constitution. Free from operational responsibilities, the Independent Directors work on behalf of the Chairman and Trustees of the Constitution, and will play a critical role in ensuring the integrity of the Partnership.”

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