BRC Names Richard Baker As New Chairman

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has announced that Richard Baker will take the reins as Chair of the retail industry’s trade association this autumn.

Baker, who is already on the BRC Board, will start his term of office as Chairman on 1 September when Sir Charlie Mayfield stands down after a two-year term. Baker is Chairman of DFS, a longstanding members of the BRC, and Whitbread, owners of Costa who are also members. He also holds various board and advisory roles with international companies including Aimia (owners of the Nectar Card) and Advent International.

He was previously Chief Executive of Alliance Boots from 2003 to 2007 and prior to that was Chief Operating Officer at Asda.

Helen Dickinson, CEO, commented: “Richard’s CV speaks for itself. His wealth and breadth of experience will be critical as we take the BRC forward through a period of profound political and economic change.”