Richard joined DFS in 2010 and has 30 years of experience in the consumer and retail sector and previously served as Chairman of Virgin Active Group, Chief Executive if Boots Group and Alliance boots (overseeing the merger between Boots Group and Alliance Unichem in 2005) and Chief Operating Officer at Asda Group plc.
Since September 2014, Richard has served as non-executive Chairman of Whitbread plc, following his appointment as a non-executive director in September 2009. He is also currently Chairman of the British Retail Consortium, Operating Partner at Advent International plc, Advisor to Aimia, Non-Executive Director of the Lawn Tennis Association and Non-Executive Director of AELTC Grounds plc. Richard has an MA (Hons) in Engineering Science from Cambridge University and a Diploma in Strategic Retail Management from Harvard.
Chief Executive Officer
Ian Filby joined DFS in September 2010 and has 35 years of retail experience, primarily at Alliance Boots, where his most recent roles were Retail Brand Development Director and Trading Director.
He was also previously Interim Chief Executive Officer of Nectar and Non-Executive Chairman of Shoe Zone plc. He is also currently a member of the British Retail Consortium Board and Chairman of the British Retail Consortium Policy Board, Trustee of Pennies charity and Director of IFF Life and Business Solutions Ltd. Ian has an MA (Hons) in Chemistry from Cambridge University.
Chief Financial Officer
Nicola Bancroft has 28 years of experience in the retail sector and previously worked for Alliance Boots where she held a series of senior finance roles, including Commercial Finance Director and Retail & Transformation Finance Director.
Since joining DFS in January 2013, as Commercial Finance Director, she established the commercial finance function and was responsible for strategic planning, financial planning, business intelligence and finance partnering providing support to all business areas. Nicola has a BA (Hons.) in Accounting and Finance and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Luke Mayhew joined DFS in October 2014 as Senior Independent Non-Executive Director.
Luke previously served for 13 years on the Board of John Lewis Partnership, including as Managing Director of the Department Store division. Luke also spent five years at British Airways Plc and seven years at Thomas Cook Group PLC in senior positions. He was also previously Chairman of the British Retail Consortium, a Non-Executive Director of WH Smith PLC and Chairman of Pets at Home Group Limited.
He is also currently Independent Non-Executive Director of InterContinental Hotels Group PLC, Trustee of BBC Children in Need, Director of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and Director of Platinum Sports Management Limited. Luke has a BA (Hons) from Oxford University and a Masters in Economics from the University of London.
Independent Non-executive Director
Gwyn Burr joined DFS in December 2014, and chairs its Remuneration Committee.
She previously served on the operating board of J Sainsbury plc with responsibility for customer service, human resources, corporate responsibility and corporate communications, as well as key sponsorship schemes including the Paralympic Games programme. Before that, she held various management positions within the supermarket group Asda.
She is currently an Independent Non-Executive Director of Metro AG, Wembley National Stadium Limited, Hammerson plc and Just Eat plc. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Sainsbury’s Bank plc. Gwyn has a BA (Hons) in Economics and History from Bradford University.
Independent Non-executive Director
Julie Southern joined DFS in February 2015 and currently chairs our Audit Committee
She was previously with Virgin Atlantic from 2000-2012, first spending ten years as CFO before taking on the role of Chief Commercial Officer in 2010. Prior to joining Virgin Atlantic, Julie was Group Finance Director of Porsche Cars GB and Finance and Operations Director of WH Smith’s subsidiary HJ Chapman & Co.
Julie is currently a non-executive director of NXP Semiconductors N.V., Cineworld Group plc, Stagecoach plc and also Rentokil Initial where she also chairs the Audit Committee. She is a qualified accountant, having trained with Price Waterhouse, and has an MA (Hons) in Economics from Cambridge University.