Post Office Limited’s Board of Directors is chaired by Henry Staunton who joined the Post Office board as Chairman on 1 December 2022. The Board comprises the Chairman, seven other Non-Executive Directors and two Executive Directors.
Henry Staunton - Chairman
Joined the Board in December 2022
Chair of the Nominations Committee and member of the Remuneration Committee
Henry joined the Post Office board as Chairman on 1 December 2022. He has previously been Chairman of WH Smith, The Phoenix Group and Ashtead Group, vice Chairman of Legal and General, and has also served on the boards of ITN, BSkyB, Ladbrokes and Standard Bank.
Nick Read - Chief Executive
Joined the Board September 2019
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.
Alisdair Cameron - Chief Financial Officer
Joined the Board 28 January 2015
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.
Saf Ismail - Non-Executive Director
Joined the Board in June 2021
Member of the Nominations Committee
Saf is an experienced Postmaster with a Business Economics degree and over a decade of involvement in running, developing, growing and developing award winning branches.
He operates several Post Office branches, from small community branches to larger high street and town centre branches.
Elliot Jacobs - Non-Executive Director
Joined the Board in June 2021
Member of the Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee
Elliot has over 25 years’ of multi-channel business experience and has been a Postmaster for six years. He currently runs eight ‘Mains’ branches in London and Hertfordshire. His UOE Store and Post Offices were recognised in 2018 when the East Finchley branch won ‘Independent Post Office of the Year’ at the Retail Industry awards. Prior to his current roles he worked in the computer games (Electronic Arts) and financial software industry (Intuit Inc). He also successfully divested his business-to-business stationery division in 2019 to focus on his retail portfolio.
Elliot is currently a Non-Executive Director (and former chairman) of Office Friendly Dealer Association and was previously a Non-Executive Director of BOSS Federation. He is a certified Master Strategy Summit Facilitator and International Accelerator Trainer for Entrepreneurs Organization as well as Mentor & Business Coach at London Business School’s Global Entrepreneur Programme.
Ben Tidswell - Senior Independent Director
Joined the Board in July 2021
Chair of the Historical Remediation Committee and member of the Remuneration Committee
Ben Tidswell is a lawyer, with over 30 years’ experience in resolving complex disputes. Most of his career has been at international law firm Ashurst, where he was a disputes partner for 21 years and Global Chairman for eight years until his retirement from the firm on 31 July 2021.
He is also a part time, fee paid Panel Chairman of the Competition Appeal Tribunal, the UK's specialist competition court.
Ben was born and educated in New Zealand.
Brian Gaunt - Non-Executive Director
Joined the Board in January 2022
Member of the Remuneration Committee and Historical Remediation Committee
Brian has spent his career in General Management within the Supply Chains of Retail, Manufacturing, E-Commerce, and Outsourced Companies. Most recently he has been CEO of Home Delivery Network (now branded Yodel) and iForce, both privately owned companies providing supply chain support to the e-commerce sector.
Prior to these appointments he sat on the Management Boards of Christian Salvesen PLC whilst employed as UK Managing Director, and on the Board of The Big Food Group PLC whilst employed as Group Logistics Director. In the role of European Supply Chain Director, he also sat on the Operating Boards of ASDA Stores, ASDA Walmart, and Walmart Germany.
During his career Brian has also been employed by Scottish and Newcastle Breweries PLC, Grand Metropolitan PLC, United Biscuits PLC, Touche Ross Management Consultants and B & Q.
Having achieved the sale of iForce to an AIM listed business in 2017 Brian has subsequently moved his career onto a non-Executive bias. Until 2021 he was Non-Executive Chairman of Buy it Direct, the on-line electrical retailer, and is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Mosaic Fulfilment Solutions Ltd, an LDC owned company, and has recently taken up an appointment as NED of the privately owned ITD Global.
Simon Jeffreys - Non-Executive Director
Joined the Board in March 2023
Chair of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
Simon brings experience of the auditing world and financial services. Until 2023 he chaired AON UK Limited and Henderson International Income Trust plc. He was a Non-Executive Director of St James’s Place plc where he chaired the Audit Committee, and was a member of the Risk, Remuneration and Nominations Committees. He was a senior audit partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP from 1986 to 2006 where he also led their Global Investment Management practice. Between 2006 and 2014, Simon was CFO and Chief Operating Officer at Fidelity International and at The Wellcome Trust.
Simon chairs the Board of St James Place International plc, and is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committees of Templeton Emerging Markets Investment Trust plc, SimCorp A/S, a listed Danish financial services software company, and the Crown Prosecution Service.
Amanda Burton - Non-Executive Director
Joined the Board April 2023
Chair of the Remuneration Committee
Amanda began her career as a lawyer, working in both private practice and as General Counsel in a number of industries. She was appointed executive director of Meyer International PLC in 1997 and became Chair of its Timber Division a year later. Following the acquisition of Meyer by Saint Gobain, she joined the global law firm Clifford Chance LLP in 2000 and carried out a number of operational roles, leading to her appointment as Global Chief Operating Officer in 2010.
For the past 25 years Amanda has been a Non-Executive Director of a number of public, private and charitable organisations and has chaired several Remuneration Committees, most recently Countryside Partnerships plc and HSS Hire Group plc.
Lorna Gratton, Non-Executive Director
Joined the Board in May 2023
Member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee, Nominations Committee, Remuneration Committee and Historical Remediation Committee
Lorna joined UKGI in October 2021. She has had a varied career both in and out of government. She is an experienced senior civil servant having been a director at DCMS and served as Private Secretary to two Prime Ministers. Prior to this, she was a management consultant at Boston Consulting Group working primarily in utilities and financial services. She began her civil service career in the Treasury.
Lorna sits on the Board of Sheffield Forgemasters, a steel forge and precision manufacturer recently acquired by MoD.
She started her career as a secondary school maths teacher in Peckham.
Andrew Darfoor, Non-Executive Director
Joined the Board in June 2023
Member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
Andrew brings over 25 years of general management and leadership experience within consumer and retail financial services sectors across several continents. He is the previous Group CEO of Alexander Forbes (listed South African financial services company), CEO of Sun Life Financial International (listed Canadian financial services company) and CEO of Old Mutual Bermuda (subsidiary of Old Mutual plc). He also held senior management roles at UBS AG, Credit Suisse AG and Ernst & Young LLP.
Andrew chairs the Board of Capita Pensions Solutions Limited, is Chairman of Damhurst & Co, Chairman of the Audit, Nominations and Remuneration Committees and Non-Executive director at Hartford International (subsidiary of Hartford Financial Services Group), Chairman of the Finance & Risk Committee and Trustee at World Vision UK and is a Board member at Cranfield School of Management.