Clothing & Home Managing Director
Richard joined M&S on 7 July 2020 as Clothing & Home Managing Director.
Richard has over 20 years’ experience with the UK‘s three biggest clothing retailers. He joined Next in1989 as a Merchandise Manager in Menswear moving through the ranks delivering consistent growth and profit, he planned the structure and architecture for the range, implemented new improvements to merchandising systems and deputised as Product Director.
In 2005, Richard joined M&S as Head of Merchandise across Women’s Formalwear, Footwear and Accessories, responsible for delivering sales, margin and profit within the category. He was a key member of the leadership team driving and shaping the overall Womenswear offer across the business. Three years later, Richard was promoted to Menswear Trading Director, responsible for a £1bn turnover business, a large team, sales plans, product strategy, marketing and customer journey. In October 2012, he joined BHS as Managing Director, responsible for all trading departments and stores, ecommerce, finance and property.
Richard was hired as CEO of Clothing F&F in 2015, a stand-alone business within Tesco with a turnover of £1.7bn. Richard had a team of over 500 and focused the brand to have more fashionability as well as quality. After five years at Tesco, the opportunity arose for Richard to re-join Marks & Spencer, where he currently serves as a key member of the leadership team, reporting to Steve Rowe, Chief Executive Officer.