Post Office Limited’s Board of Directors is chaired by Tim Parker. As Non-Executive Chairman he is independent both of the executive management of Post Office Limited and of its shareholder, The Board comprises the Chairman, four other Non-Executive Directors and two Executive Directors.
Tim Parker - Independent Chairman Joined the Board 1 October 2015
[Chairman of the Nominations Committee and member of the Remuneration Committee]
Tim Parker became Chairman of the Post Office on 1 October 2015 and took on the role of Chairman at the National Trust on 8 November 2014.
He also took on the role of Chairman of HM Courts & Tribunals Service on 27 April 2018. He is Chairman of Samsonite.
Tim has enjoyed a long business career as CEO of several well-known companies. After a spell in the Treasury as an economist, he studied at the London Business School, and soon after was appointed as general manager of a subsidiary of Thorn EMI based in Chicago. In 1989 he led the management buy-out of Kenwood, the kitchen appliances company.
Subsequently he has been CEO of Clarks, the shoe company, Kwik-Fit, the AA, and until recently, Samsonite, where he remains Chairman. Tim has been Chairman of Channel Nine TV in Australia and the Autobar Group, Europe’s largest vending company. He has also served as a non-executive director on the Boards of Legal & General, Alliance Boots and Compass Group.
He is also a director and owner of the British Pathe film archive.
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.
Ken McCall – Senior Independent Non-Executive Director Joined the Board 21 January 2016
[Chairman of Remuneration Committee and member of both the Audit, Risk and Compliance and the Nominations Committees]
Ken joined Brambles as a Non-Executive Director in July 2020. Ken’s background is primarily in global network management, international logistics and supply chain, with leadership positions including Chief Executive, DHL Express UK & Ireland, from 2008 - 2010, and MD, Networks and Operations, DHL Express Europe, which consolidated his strong understanding of continental Europe. He lived and worked in China during his time with TNT NV, as CEO TNT China, 2004 - 2007, and CEO TNT Asia, Middle East, Africa & Indian Subcontinent, 1996 - 2004.
More recently, Ken served as Deputy Group CEO at Europcar Mobility Group from 2010 - 2019, where he led delivery of record results and substantial profitable growth. Previously, he held roles including Group Chief Operating Officer, Director, Global IT Systems and Group Managing Director for the UK Group. Ken also has 10 years’ experience as a Non-Executive Director. He served on the board of FTSE250 retailer SuperDry plc from 2010 to 2016, and was a member of Audit and Remuneration Committees. Ken is a member of the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics, Singapore.
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.
Tom Cooper – Non-Executive Director Joined the Board 27 March 2018
[Member of both the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee and the Remuneration Committee]
Tom Cooper is also a Non-Executive Director of OneWeb and a Director at UKGI. Before joining UKGI he was Global Co-Chairman of M&A at Deutsche Bank for eight years and also worked for 21 years at UBS Investment Bank, where he held a variety of roles including work in the transport sector, utility sector and finally as Head of European M&A.
Carla Stent - Non-Executive Director Joined the Board 21 January 2016
[Chairman of Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee]
Carla has held a number of senior positions in banking, private equity and retail industries. She has had direct responsibility for corporate finance & post-merger integration, strategy, business operations, brand development & management and business transformation. Carla has operated at Board level in several countries for organisations including Virgin Group, Barclays Bank plc and the Thomas Cook Group.
Carla now has a portfolio career; heading MCS Advisory Limited, a consultancy that provides interim strategic, financial and operational advice to clients in the private, public and third sectors. She also serves as a non executive director and / or chair person on the boards and sub committees of Savernake Capital Group, JPM Morgan Elect plc, Marex Spectron Limited, Smith and Williamson Group, the Post Office and Power to Change Trust. She has previously served on the boards and committees of Christian Aid, Change Alliance (India) and the Princes Teaching Institute.
Carla is also a serial angel investor and is a frequent speaker on building alternative careers, corporate culture, gender equality and philanthrophy. She mentors emerging talent and C suite executives.
Carla is a qualified chartered accountant and was born and educated in South Africa.
Zarin Patel - Non-Executive Director Joined the Board 26 November 2019
[Member of Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee]
Zarin is currently on the board of Anglian Water Services Limited and sits on their Audit and Risk and Nominations Committees. She sits on the Board of Trustees of the National Trust and chairs its Audit & Risk Committee. She is also an Independent Member of the Audit & Risk Committees of both HM Treasury and John Lewis Partnership plc.
Zarin was most recently the Chief Operating Officer of The Grass Roots Group PLC, a customer and employee engagement specialist. She was the BBC’s Chief Financial Officer and member of its Board from 2004 to 2013 during which time she helped to transform the BBC into a fully digital broadcaster. Prior to the BBC she spent sixteen years at KPMG working on FTSE quoted conglomerates in a variety of sectors. Zarin is a chartered accountant.
Lisa Harrington - Non-Executive Director Joined the Board in April 2020
[Member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committees]
Lisa is a tech executive and diversity advocate. She has spent 25 years growing and transforming business across the Professional Services, Education, Technology, Utilities and Telecommunications sectors.
She started her career Accenture in Ireland and UK. Later, she joined British Telecom (BT) where she spent 10 years in a range of leadership positions including Divisional CIO, Group Managing Director of Transformation, and Managing Director Service Operations. In her final role she was Chief Customer Officer BT Group, reporting to the CEO. Most recently, Lisa was Managing Director of QA Ltd, the biggest tech and cyber skills provider in the UK.
Lisa is a well-known advocate for diversity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and founded the BT TechWomen programme to reframe the diversity dynamic in BT. She is an industry advocate for mental health in the work-place and was recently invited to become a mentor for the UK Cabinet Office REACH programme.
Currently, Lisa provides independent, business advisory services. She specialises in digital transformation and is particularly interested in high growth/ fast turnaround businesses. Lisa has held a number of non-executive posts including terms on the boards of Southern Water and West London NHS Mental Trust.
Saf Ismail - Non-Executive Director Joined the Board in June 2021
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
Elliot has over 25 years’ of multi-channel business experience and has been a Postmaster for six years. He currently runs seven ‘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 - Non-Executive Director Joined the Board in July 2021
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.
The responsibilities of the Board include setting the company’s strategic aims, providing the leadership to put them into effect, supervising the management of the business and reporting to the shareholder.
There are number Board committees which deal with specific topics requiring independent oversight including Audit, Risk and Compliance, Nominations of the Board, Pensions and Senior Remuneration.
Each Committee is chaired by a Non-Executive Director and operates within its own agreed, documented Terms of Reference.
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