Since the launch of Poundland in 1990, we have had a dedicated team helping to deliver our simple promise to you.
Independent Non-Executive Chairman
After starting his career in FMCG with Unilever and Guinness, Andy has spent the last 22 years in retail. His roles have included Group FD of Laura Ashley Holdings, The Burton Group, and 15 years as an Executive Director of Tesco plc including 11 years as Finance and Strategy Director, and four years running their Retail Services Division (Tesco.com, Tesco Bank, Tesco Telecomms and DunnHumby).
He retired from Tesco plc and is now Chairman of both N Brown plc and Poundland, and is a non-executive director of BSkyB, Woolworths (South Africa), McCurrach UK, and the RFU (Rugby Football Union).
Jim McCarthy, Chief Executive Officer
Jim McCarthy joined Poundland as Chief Executive in August 2006. Prior to joining Poundland, Jim was Managing Director of J Sainsbury’s plc convenience stores and was a member of the operating, retail and investment boards.
His experience extends to over 40 years in retail including Chief Executive of T&S stores plc (operated over 1200 stores and sold to Tesco plc), Managing Director of Neighbourhood Retailing (part of Next plc) and Managing Director of Birmingham Post & Mail’s retail estate. Jim is also Non-Executive Chairman at Wynnstay Group Plc.
Nick Hateley, Finance Director
Nick joined the company as Group Finance Director in October 2006. He joined from J Sainsbury’s plc where he was the Finance Director of Sainsbury’s Convenience. Nick has over 25 years’ experience in Finance and Business Improvement which he gained at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Accenture and Lucas Industries plc.
Colin Smith OBE, Non-Executive Director
Colin became Chairman of Poundland in June 2002, until moving to a non-executive role in September 2012.
He has more than 20 years’ experience of food retailing, wholesaling and manufacturing, principally with Safeway plc where he was CEO from 1993 to 1999 and before that its Finance Director.
Currently he also has Non-Executive or Board Advisory roles with McBride plc, Hilton Food Group plc and Natures Way Foods Ltd. Until December 2009 he was Chairman of Assured Food Standards, the food industry organisation responsible for administering and promoting food assurance standards using the Red Tractor logo.
Colin won the award for the Non-Executive Chairman of the Year for Unlisted/Private Equity Backed companies in the NED Awards 2010 for his Chairmanship of Poundland. He was also appointed an OBE in the 2011 New Years Honours List for services to Assured Food Standards.
David Coxon, International Development Director
David joined Poundland in October 2005 as Buying & Merchandising Director, and now focuses on international development.
David has over 25 years’ commercial retailing experience in Buying, Marketing, Retail Operations & Supply Chain, both UK and International, having worked at Kwik Save, Allied Domecq, Minit Group and more recently Somerfield.
Richard Lancaster, Trading Director
Richard joined Poundland as Trading Director in July 2012 and is responsible for Trading & Marketing. He joined the industry from University in 1986 initially building a successful chain of convenience stores. Trading and Marketing Director positions followed with two regional convenience store chains and within the convenience store division of J. Sainsburys plc.
A two year tenure as CEO of Netto UK preceded time at WM Morrison plc as Senior Trading Director – Ambient and more latterly Marketing and Operations Director.
Tim McDonnell, Retail Operations Director
Tim joined Poundland in August 2006 as Regional Manager with responsibility for Retail Operations in the north of the country. Prior to that, Tim worked for Kwik Save and Somerfield for over 20 years holding a number of roles in both H.R. and Retail Operations and was Regional Director prior to joining Poundland.
Craig Bales, Property Director
Craig joined the company in January 2005 as Property Director with responsibility for the effective management and development of the Poundland property portfolio
Craig has 20 years’ experience in commercial property specialising in retail agency. He spent ten years as Partner at Johnson Fellows and then created niche retail agency business – Craig Bales & Company, which was subsequently sold to Lambert Smith Hampton. Prior to joining Poundland, he sat on the board of Lambert Smith Hampton.
Andy Monk, Distribution Director
Andy Monk joined Poundland in 2009 as Distribution Director. Andy has recently taken on responsibility for the Supply Chain where his main priority will be to reduce the overall level of stock within the company and to increase availability.
Prior to joining Poundland Andy was Distribution Director for Somerfield Stores where he rationalised their network by consolidating the former Kwik Save and Somerfield networks and latterly the sale of Kwik Save.
Andy has 30 years’ experience in distribution and has held a wide number of roles both in Development and Operational roles within own-account and third-party logistics companies. He also gained international experience whilst working for Tibbett and Britten in North America.
Mark Powell, Human Resources Director
Mark joined Poundland in February 2011 as Director of Human Resources and was appointed to the Board in February 2012, his responsibilities include looking after the company’s people and continuous improvement strategies.
Mark has over 20 years’ Human Resources experience spanning the aerospace, food manufacturing, supply chain and retail sectors. Prior to joining Poundland Mark was People and Infrastructure Director at Fat Face Ltd.
Mike Gray, IT Director
Mike joined Poundland in August 2003 as a Senior Controller with responsibility for developing IT capability. Appointed to the Board in March 2012 he is responsible for IT Strategy and the on-going development and management of all aspects of IT.
Mike has over 25 years’ IT experience spanning travel and retail sectors. Prior to joining Poundland Mike was Head of IT Services for TUI UK.