Since the launch of Poundland in 1990, we have had a dedicated team helping to deliver our simple promise to you.
Kevin O’Byrne, Chief Executive Officer
Kevin O’Byrne joined Poundland in April 2016 and became Chief Executive on 1st July 2016. Prior to joining Poundland, his most recent role was with Kingfisher Plc as CEO of B&Q UK and Ireland, the market leader in home improvement. Kevin is an experienced international retailer, having been a Director of Dixons Retail plc and Kingfisher plc.
Kevin is also the senior independent director of Land Securities plc.
Nick Hateley, Chief Financial Officer
Mr Hateley joined Poundland as Chief Financial Officer in October 2006. He joined from J Sainsbury plc where he was the Finance Director of Sainsbury’s Convenience Stores. Mr Hateley has 25 years’ experience in finance and business improvement which he gained at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Accenture and Lucas Industries plc.
Simon Twigger, Trading Director
Mr Twigger joined Poundland as Trading Director in September 2015. He joined from J Sainsbury PLC where his previous role was Managing Director of Sainsburys Local Stores.
Prior to this he held senior roles in trading at Sainsburys and Safeway PLC. Including sales roles at FMCG suppliers, he has over 25 years’ experience in Grocery retailing. Mr Twigger is also a trustee of the IGD and Grocery Aid.
Martin Dawson, Retail Director
Mr Dawson 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
Mr Garbutt 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, Mr Garbutt 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.
Tim McDonnell, International Director
Mr McDonnell joined Poundland in August 2006 as Regional Manager with responsibility for Retail Operations in the north of the country.
Previously, he worked for Kwik Save and Somerfield Stores Ltd for over 20 years holding a number of roles in both Retail Operations and Human Resources and was a Regional Director before joining Poundland.
Michelle Burton, Human Resources Director
Ms Burton 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.
Ms Burton 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.
Mike Gray, IT Director
Mr Gray joined Poundland in August 2003 as a Senior Controller with responsibility for developing IT capability. Appointed to the Board of Poundland Limited in March 2012 he is responsible for IT Strategy and the ongoing development and management of all aspects of IT.
Mr Gray has over 25 years’ IT experience spanning travel and retail sectors. Prior to joining Poundland, Mr Gray was Head of IT Services for TUI UK Limited.
Jinder Jhuti, Legal and Compliance Director
Mrs Jhuti joined Poundland in November 2006 as sole counsel and assistant company secretary, subsequently becoming company secretary in January 2014. Appointed to the Trading Board in January 2012, she is responsible for managing legal risk, corporate compliance, insurance and customer relations.
In April 2016 Mrs Jhuti was appointed Legal and Compliance Director to the Trading Board.
Mrs Jhuti has over 24 year’s experience in the legal sector. Prior to joining Poundland Mrs Jhuti worked in-house at Alliance & Leicester (now Santander Bank) and Barclays Bank plc in addition to working in private practice at Martineau Johnson.