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McColl’s Retail Group appointments: Steve Goswell as Operations Director and Karen Bird as Human Resources Director

Brentwood, United Kingdom, 2016-Sep-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — McColl’s Retail Group, the leading neighbourhood retailer, today (12th September 2016) announces two new appointments to its operational board.

Steve Goswell has joined the Group as Operations Director. Steve has held a number of senior roles at Tesco spanning twenty years, including Regional Store Director of the South West, Transformation Director of New Stores and Refresh, and Multi-Channel Direct Retail Programme Manager. Steve will report to the Group’s Chief Operating Officer, Dave Thomas.

Karen Bird will join the Group on 3rd October 2016 as Human Resources Director. Karen also joins McColl’s from Tesco where she gained over thirty years’ experience in a variety of operational and HR roles, most recently as People Director where she led the HR transformation agenda for Tesco’s UK operations. Karen will report directly to the Group’s Chief Executive, Jonathan Miller.

Jonathan Miller, Chief Executive, McColl’s Retail Group, said: “I am delighted to welcome Steve and Karen, both of whom have extensive experience in our sector. Their skills will be a considerable asset as we continue to enhance and expand our market-leading convenience offering. They will also help to ensure our customers and colleagues remain at the very heart of our proposition.

“Steve and Karen join at an exciting time for McColl’s, particularly as we start planning for the transformational acquisition of 298 convenience stores from the Co-Op, announced in July.”

Notes to editors

About McColl’s Retail Group

McColl’s is a leading neighbourhood retailer in the independent managed sector running 1,366 convenience and newsagent stores. We operate 933 McColl’s branded UK convenience stores as well as 433 newsagents branded Martin’s, except in Scotland where we operate under our heritage brand, RS McColl. In addition we are also the largest operator of Post Offices in the UK.

Excluding the new appointments detailed above, McColl’s’ operational board is comprised of Jonathan Miller, Chief Executive, Simon Fuller, Chief Financial Officer, Dave Thomas, Chief Operating Officer, David Archibald FRICS, Development Director, Neil Hodge, Information Technology Director, Peter Miller, Trading Director.

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Source: McColl’s Retail Group

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