As Brabners comes to the end of its Equality, Diversion and Inclusion week and today celebrates our BAME colleagues, it was refreshing to see Sharon White appointed as the new Chair of the John Lewis Partnership, one of the flagships of the UK retail industry.
White was the first black person to be a permanent secretary to the Treasury, and with a background in Economics had been regarded as a contender to become the next governor of the Bank of England.
White leaves her role as the Chief Executive of Ofcom to take up her position with John Lewis, and it is also an interesting and bold appointment by John Lewis appointing someone with a non-retail background. White's experience at Ofcom could come in handy- it represents consumers, and its role has widened in the age of the internet.
With retail being so customer experience focussed, and with the internet being such a large part of the retail world, it will be interesting to see the direction of John Lewis in the future, with outgoing chair Sir Charlie Mayfield mentioning that White is “an inspirational leader with the personal and professional skills to ensure the partnership continues to innovate and change”.
Sharon White leaves Ofcom to join John Lewis Partnership