Our Group Executive

Group Executive

Nick Read

Nick Read – Chief Executive
Nick joined Post Office as Chief Executive Officer in September 2019. Nick was most recently Group CEO at Extra Energy and prior to that CEO at Nisa Retail Limited where he led the stabilisation and transformation of the business ahead of its sale to the Co-Op in 2018.

Nick has over 25 years of consumer and commercial experience and has previously held senior roles at Tesco, Vodafone, HBOS, Lloyds Banking Group and Thomas Cook.

In his earlier career, Nick was a Consumer and Retail Strategy Manager at Deloitte Consulting, a Purchasing Director for Aldi UK and spent 4 years as Captain of the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guard, H.M. Forces.


Owen Woodley – Group Chief Commercial Officer
Owen joined the Post Office in 2016 having previously spent four years as Managing Director of the retail business at Lloyds Bank with responsibility for the branch network and customer base. Prior to that, he spent 20 years at Barclays where he undertook a number of senior roles in retail and commercial banking, both in the UK and sub-Saharan Africa. He subsequently launched and ran a new UK bank in the wake of the financial crisis, Shawbrook, which focused on commercial property and asset finance lending.

Owen sits on the Board of Governors at Nottingham Trent University.



Amanda Jones - Interim Group Retail and Franchise Network Director
Amanda joined Post Office in October 2018 as Retail Director bringing more than 30 years experience of UK and International trading experience, operating with Food and Non Food in Public and Private companies including Conviviality Plc, Nisa, Marks & Spencer Plc, Toys R Us, John Lewis, Waitrose.

As a former Chief Operating Officer at both Nisa and Conviviality, she had broad accountability for stores, logistics, buying and customer support and understands the retail and franchise environment.
 


Jeff Smyth - Interim Group Chief Information Officer
Formerly CIO for the Financial Services & Telco team at Post Office, Jeff stepped up to be Acting CIO in January 2020. He brings experience of defining and delivering global IT enabled transformation strategies and execution programmes which address commercial growth, cost reduction, target operating models, improved risk/control agendas.

Jeff has previously worked for BBC Resources, Balfour Beatty and BP.

 


Lisa Cherry – Group Chief People Officer
Lisa was appointed Group Chief People Officer in January 2020, having been the Interim Group HR Director since October 2019. She had previously held a series of HR Director roles since arriving at the Post Office in September 2018.

Lisa's career has spanned PLC and Private Equity organisations such as Sainsbury's, WHSmith and most recently as HR Director at Wyevale Garden Centres (a Terra Firma owned business). These senior level roles have been largely held during times of transformation and expansion in both domestic and international markets. Lisa has more than twenty years’ experience in large multi-site retail organisations in both operational and HR-focused roles.

Lisa is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD) and holds a Master’s Degree in HR Management.


Richard Taylor - Group Corporate Affairs & Communications Director
Richard joined the Post Office in January 2020 after four years as Communications Director at ScottishPower and six years as Corporate Affairs and Communications Director at the supermarket chain Morrisons.

Richard has over 25 years of political, media and commercial experience having previously worked for the CBI, the Labour Party, as Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Defence and as a Partner at Portland Communications. He holds an MPhil in Environment and Development from the University of Cambridge.


Emma Springham - Group Marketing & Brand Director
With 20 years experience in leading large multi-channel B2C and B2B marketing and digital teams, Emma is skilled in creating, executing and delivery of integrated acquisition and retention strategic marketing campaigns.

Emma has held a number of senior roles with Royal Mail, Allianz and Royal Bank of Scotland.

 


Al Cameron

Alisdair Cameron – Chief Financial Officer and Interim Group Operations & Supply Chain Director
Alisdair joined Post Office in January 2015.  Prior to this appointment, from 2002 to 2014 he worked in a variety of roles for Centrica plc, a FTSE 100 company, including Director of Audit and Risk, Group Financial Controller, Finance Director of British Gas and Managing Director of British Gas Enterprise.  Previously he was a partner with Deloitte and Arthur Anderson and served as a trustee of the e-Learning Foundation.

Alisdair is a Non-Executive Director of Dover Harbour Board and previously served an 8 year term as a Non-Executive Director of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


Ben Foat – Group General Counsel
Ben is the General Counsel of Post Office Limited and an executive member of Post Office Limited and Post Office Management Services Limited. The Post Office is a multiline business operating across several markets including retail financial services, payments, mails, telco, government services, and retail. He is responsible for managing the legal, compliance and company secretariat departments across the organisation and works with executive management and boards in helping to shape strategy, maximise commercial opportunity and mitigate legal, regulatory and governance risk.

Prior to Joining Post Office, he was employed at Zurich Insurance plc in the UK and was previously a Senior Associate in private practice in Australia. He has spoken at various industry events in relation to legal operations, legal technology and emerging resource models. In 2018, he was awarded Solicitor of the Year – Inhouse by the Law Society,  shortlisted for Diversity Hero at the 2019  British LGBT+ Awards as well as being listed in the Financial Times OUTstanding 2017 and 2018 lists for his leadership in Diversity and Inclusion.

Ben holds a Master of Laws, Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Political Science.


Dan Zinner - Chief Operating Officer

Dan joined Post Office in July 2019 as Chief Transformation Officer. In January 2020, Dan was appointed Group Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer and in September 2020 he was appointed Group Chief Operating Officer.  Dan brings more than 20 years’ experience across the retail, consumer goods, hospitality, healthcare and pharmaceuticals industries working in strategic development, commercial and operational improvement, and change management.  Prior to the Post Office, Dan worked in the U.K. as the Transformation Director for The Restaurant Group and as Trading and Marketing Director for Wyevale Garden Centres.  Prior to this, Dan was in South Africa working for Clicks Group as Head of Corporate Business Development and as Head of Retail Commercial Healthcare. 

Dan has an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and spent a number of years as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company’s London office.