Our Executive Team

The Group Executive (GE) is the most senior leadership team which is accountable to the Board for the day-to-day operations of the Post Office.


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 - Retail and Franchise Network Director

Amanda joined Post Office in 2018 as Retail Director and has since broadened her accountabilities to include all aspects of service and support provision for Postmasters – onboarding, training, franchise partnering and remote support as-well as leading the DMB network. Amanda joined the GE in an interim capacity in February 2020 and in September 2020 was confirmed in appointment as Retail & Franchise Network Director, ensuring the voice of Postmasters is represented in the Executive team.

Amanda has 30 years’ experience in the Retail sector, operating in the Grocery, Drinks and General Merchandise sectors in Public and Mutual Companies. Previously Chief Operating Officer of the Franchised Off License Chain, Bargain Booze (part of Conviviality Plc) and Chief Operating Officer of the Wholesale Grocery Distributor Nisa. Amanda has held various senior roles including Customer Strategy Director at Conviviality Plc, Head of Format Development at Waitrose and International Franchising roles at Marks and Spencer covering Europe and the Middle East. Amanda is a Princes Trust Business Mentor.

Jeff Smyth - 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 and was appointed to the role permanently in November 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.

Alisdair Cameron – Group Chief Finance Officer

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 was appointed to General Counsel of Post Office Limited in May 2019. 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 and in January 2020 was appointed Group Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer. In November 2020, Dan was appointed as 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, change management, and acquisition integration. Prior to the Post Office, Dan worked in the UK 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 Corporate Business Development and as Retail Commercial Head of Heathcare.

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.

Angela Williams - Interim Group Chief People Officer

Angela Williams joined Post Office Ltd in April 2021 as Interim Group Chief People Officer. Angela has overall responsibility for the People function covering Organisational Effectiveness, People Shared Services, Reward, Talent & Diversity and HR Business Partnering.

Angela has a wealth of experience in both interim and permanent Chief People Officer roles, across the UK and globally, for both government owned and private sector organisations, including British Airways, Sodexo, Land Securities PLC, Which?/The Consumers Association, British Gas and The Walt Disney Company. Her extensive experience in the retail sector and regulated businesses add significant value to Post Office and our Group Executive team.

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