Since the launch of Poundland in 1990, we have had a dedicated team helping to deliver our simple promise to you.
Barry Williams, Managing Director
Barry joined Poundland as Trading Director in November 2016. He most recently occupied Executive Board roles with Asda Stores Ltd as Chief Customer Officer and Chief Merchandising Officer.
Prior to this, Barry has held senior positions within the Commercial Functions of Musgrave Retail Partners, The Co Operative Group and Kwik Save Stores.
Roy Ellis, Poundland Group Services Director
Roy Ellis joined Poundland in November 2016, having worked for Steinhoff and Pepkor Europe since 2015. Prior to this, he served as Chief Financial Officer at Poundstretcher and was previously Group Finance Director for Peacocks. Roy began his retail career with WHSmith, having qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG.
Tim joined Poundland in November 2016 as Supply Chain and Distribution Director with responsibility for all warehousing, distribution, ocean freight and the demand planning / forecasting and merchandising functions within Poundland.
More recently, Tim was Supply Chain & Logistics Director for Pepkor Europe where he oversaw the Logistics operations within the UK and France, where he still maintains his responsibilities.
Tim has gained a breadth of Supply Chain, Distribution and Retail experience during his 20+ year career which started in Safeway as a general assistant. Prior to this Tim headed up Supply Chain within Sainsbury’s, and also held the role of Supply Chain and Distribution Director for Hobbycraft.
Martin Dawson, Retail Director
Martin joined Poundland from ASDA where he was Retail Director, trading both the legacy Asda and converted Netto stores across the Asda estate.
He previously held positions including Operations Director for the South and Managing Director of Superstores and Supercentres at ASDA and earlier in his career worked for Tesco, New Look and Barratt Shoes.
Andy Garbutt, Business Development Director
Andy joined Poundland in May 2015 as Business Development Director, with responsibility for the effective management and development of the UK and European property portfolio, the development of new markets in Europe and also specific business development projects.
Prior to joining Poundland, Andy worked at Card Factory for five years as Corporate Development Director, responsible for developing the store portfolio, consumer research and the Card Factory website. Before Card Factory he spent 10 years as Retail and Leisure Director at PwC, with a focus on commercial and operational due diligence in the UK and continental Europe.
Michelle Burton, Human Resources Director
Michelle joined Poundland in April 2015 as Human Resources Director with responsibility for the development and delivery of the Company’s people and engagement strategies, spanning the full employee lifecycle.
Michelle has over 20 years’ of Human Resources experience spanning the retail, manufacturing, distribution and facilities management sectors and joined Poundland from Cofely, GDF SUEZ, where she held the position of Human Resources Director. Prior to that she held a number of senior HR positions in her ten-year career with J Sainsbury plc, including Head of Reward, Head of Learning and Development and HR Director for Sainsbury’s Logistics division.
Austin Cooke, Director – Western Europe
Austin joined Poundland in July 2017 as Director Western Europe, with responsibility for the growth, development and expansion of our formats in Western Europe, and the establishment of an International platform for our brands.
Austin has a wealth of international and global experience spanning over 45 countries and a variety of sectors. Joining Poundland from Yum Brands, he has held positions as Sr. Global Director of M&A, Business Development Director, and Marketing Director for Central and Eastern Europe, as well as a series of senior operational roles. Prior to that Austin also held roles with Phones 4u as Head of Retail, and Dixons Group in a series of Divisional retail roles.