Trustees and Executives

Board of Trustees

Alistair McGeorge

  • Chairman
  • Joined December 2018
  • Executive Chairman, New Look

Alistair has over 20 years of retail experience including roles as CEO of Matalan and Littlewoods. He is renowned for his expertise in driving successful business turnarounds and is currently Executive Chairman of New Look.

Sally Hopson

Sally Hopson MBE

  • Chair of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee
  • Joined November 2014
  • Chief Executive Officer, Sofology

Sally has worked in retail for most of her career and is currently CEO of Sofology. Her previous role was as CEO for the Vets4Pets group to April 2018. Sally is a non-executive director for Jardiland, a French garden centre chain. A four year period as a commissioner on The Women in Work Commission and the Learning and Skills Council was recognised with an MBE awarded in 2006.

Nigel Duxbury

Nigel Duxbury

  • Chair of the cottageHOMES and Property Committee
  • Joined July 2014
  • Property Director, A S Watson

With over 25 years of experience as a Senior Property Executive, Nigel is responsible for property across AS Watson (Health and Beauty UK) Ltd.

Simon Ledsham

Simon Ledsham

  • Chair of the Funding and Communications Committee
  • Joined October 2017
  • Director of Communities, Cancer Research UK

Simon looks after £200 million of Cancer Research UK’s income, its 600 stores and 40,000 volunteers. Prior to joining Cancer Research UK in 2000, Simon spent 12 years in the retail industry with Next and Robert Dyas.

Brian Small

Brian Small

  • Chair of the Risk Audit and Finance Committee
  • Joined September 2018

Brian was Chief Financial Officer at JD Sports Fashion plc until October 2018. Brian was previously Operations Finance Director at Intercare Group plc and he also been Finance Director of a number of other companies. He qualified as an accountant with Price Waterhouse in 1981.

Helena Feltham

Helena Feltham

  • Chair of the Wellbeing Services Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee
  • Joined May 2015

Helena has a long career in retail and human resource leadership. Previous roles included People Director for B&Q, HR Director at Marks & Spencer and Global HR Director for Topshop. Helena has also spent time in executive search with Odgers Berndtson, covering senior appointments across both public and private sectors. Helena is currently a Justice of the Peace and an independent advisor to the National Assembly of Wales.

Guy Hipewell

Guy Hipwell

  • Member of the Funding and Communications Committee
  • Joined October 2016
  • Ecommerce Consultant

Guy worked his way up from buying and merchandising to board level. He leads digital transformation projects throughout Europe and mentors start-ups and SMEs across numerous sectors.

Amanda Cox

Amanda Cox

  • Member of the Risk Audit and Finance Committee
  • Joined February 2018
  • People and Services Director, Dunelm Group plc

Retail career for almost 30 years, driven to make a difference, Women in Retail ambassador, pragmatic HR professional.

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Lindsay Page

  • Member of the Risk Audit and Finance Committee
  • Joined September 2014
  • Chief Operating Officer, Ted Baker plc

Involved in Ted Baker for some 25 years, Lindsay initially advised on the raising of private equity to finance the start of the business while as a corporate finance partner at Binder Hamlyn in 1990.

Maria Thompson

  • Member of the Funding and Communications Committee
  • Member of the Risk Audit and Finance Committee
  • Joined February 2018

Recently the Group Commercial and Supply Chain Director at Sainsbury’s Argos. Maria’s retail career began at Associated British Foods before moving to Boots and subsequently becoming an Operating Board Director at Home Retail Group.

David McCorquodale

  • Member of the cottageHOMES and Property Committee
  • Chair of the Crookfur Capital Appeal
  • Joined September 2018

David retired from KPMG in 2017 having been a corporate finance partner for almost 25 years. He was Head of Retail for KPMG in the UK for four years and a regular industry commentator.

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Gita North

  • Member of the Risk Audit and Finance Committee
  • Joined June 2018

A retail professional with both executive and non-executive director-level experience, Gita has worked as an independent consultant with a number of leading UK retailers. Gita is currently a partner with First Friday - a consulting, change management and training business.


Lesley Exley

  • Member of the Funding and Communications Committee
  • Joined May 2019

Lesley established Exley Hervey, a specialist executive search company. Prior to 2003, her marketing expertise was focused on repositioning and profitably developing brands globally, holding board level marketing roles at Selfridges, Zales Jewellers and Tencel.

David Kaye

David Kaye

  • Company Secretary
  • Joined May 2013

David is a Partner at Harper Macleod, specialising in Franchising and Business Law. He is Company Secretary for multiple companies.


Richard Boland

Richard Boland

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Joined November 2012

Retail career spanning 40 years, 25 years as CEO/MD in plc/private enterprises.

Clive Warner

Clive Warner

  • Chief Finance Officer
  • Joined December 2013

Chartered Accountant with a senior finance career for over 40 years in the retail and leisure sectors.

Sanj Jagait

  • Chief Data and Information Officer
  • Joined October 2018
  • Member of the Funding and Communications Committee

15 years’ experience (across multiple industries) helping organisations to harness data sources to develop coherent, insight driven strategies.

Kathy MacIntyre

Kathy MacIntyre

  • Director of Supported Living Services
  • Joined February 2008

Overseeing the management of services on cottageHOMES Estates. Manager of social care services for 27 years, both in public and charity sectors.

Neil Duffy

  • Director of Wellbeing and Funding
  • Joined June 2014
  • Member of the Wellbeing Services Committee, and the Funding and Communications Committee

A wealth of experience in retail operations spanning 32 years.


Amy Prendergast

  • Head of People and Vocational Learning Services
  • Joined January 2014
  • Member of the Grants and Services Committee

Joined retailTRUST after graduating and holding numerous voluntary roles across the not-for-profit sector.

Pirra Elford

Pirra Elford

  • Head of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • Joined June 2016

More than 15 years of IT experience, including university and government roles.

Ola Ogunmoyela

  • Finance Manager
  • Joined March 2018

Accounting career across automotive financial services, education and humanitarian industries.

Cliff Lee

  • Head of Wellbeing
  • Joined July 2019
  • Member of the Wellbeing Services Committee

Combining senior management experience in retail operations with a passion for employee wellbeing developed over ten years working within the not-for-profit health sector.