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
Mr Higginson joined Poundland as Independent Non-Executive Chairman in July 2012. After starting his career in FMCG with Unilever and Guinness, Mr Higginson has spent the last 22 years in retail. His roles have included Group Financial Director 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 Telecoms and DunnHumby).
He retired from Tesco plc and is now Chairman of both N Brown Group plc and Poundland. He is also a non-executive director of BSkyB, Woolworths (South Africa), McCurrach UK and the Rugby Football Union.
Jim McCarthy, Chief Executive Officer
Mr McCarthy joined Poundland as Chief Executive Officer in August 2006. Prior to joining Poundland, Mr McCarthy was Managing Director of J Sainsbury plc convenience stores and was a member of the operating, retail and investment boards.
His experience extends to over 40 years in retail including eight years as 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 Limited’s retail estate.
Mr McCarthy is also a non-executive chairman at Wynnstay Group 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.
Richard Lancaster, Trading Director
Mr Lancaster joined Poundland as Trading Director in July 2012 and is responsible for Trading & Marketing. Mr Lancaster became an Executive Director in 2014. He has held Trading and Marketing Director positions with convenience store chains including the convenience store division of J Sainsbury plc. A two year tenure as Managing Director of Netto FoodStores Limited preceded time at Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc as Senior Trading Director – Ambient and more latterly Marketing Director.
David Coxon, International Development Director
Mr Coxon joined Poundland in October 2005 as Buying & Merchandising Director, and now focuses on international development.
Mr Coxon has over 25 year’s commercial retailing experience in buying, marketing, retail operations and supply chain, both UK and International, having worked at Kwik Save, Allied Domecq, Minit Group and more recently Somerfield Stores Ltd. Mr Coxon will be retiring in July 2014.
Tim McDonnell, Retail Operations Director
Mr McDonnell 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 Stores Ltd for over 20 years holding a number of roles in both Retail Operations and Human Resources and was a Regional Director prior to joining Poundland.
Craig Bales, Property Director
Mr Bales joined Poundland in December 2004 as Property Director with responsibility for the effective management and development of the Poundland property portfolio.
Mr Bales 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, Supply Chain Director
Mr Monk joined Poundland in 2009 as Supply Chain Director. Mr Monk now has responsibility for the entire supply chain where his priorities are managing the distribution of stock around the Group, optimising the level of stock holding through the supply chain whilst improving the availability of stock on the shelf in stores.
Prior to joining Poundland, Mr Monk was Distribution Director for Somerfield Stores Ltd where he rationalised their network by consolidating the former Kwik Save and Somerfield networks and latterly the sale of Kwik Save. Mr Monk has 30 year’s experience in distribution and has held a wide number of 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
Mr Powell joined Poundland in February 2011 as Human Resources Director and was appointed to the Board of Poundland Limited in March 2012, his responsibilities include looking after the Company’s people and continuous improvement strategies.
Mr Powell has over 20 years’ of Human Resources experience spanning the aerospace, food manufacturing, supply chain and retail sectors. Prior to joining Poundland, Mr Powell was People Director at Fat Face Limited.
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 year’s IT experience spanning travel and retail sectors. Prior to joining Poundland, Mr Gray was Head of IT Services for TUI UK Limited.
Jinder Jhuti, General Counsel and Company Secretary
Mrs Jhuti joined Poundland in November 2006 as sole counsel and assistant company secretary. Appointed to the Trading Board in January 2012, she is responsible for managing legal risk, corporate compliance, insurance and customer relations.
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.
For full information on our Non-Executive Directors, visit our Investor Relations site.