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Waitrose has announced that Ben Stimson will become Retail Director on 27 March, moving into the role vacated by Rob Collins who becomes Managing Director on 4 April following the departure of Mark Price to become Minister of State for Trade & Investment.
Ben joined the John Lewis Partnership in 2010, and has held a number of senior roles in both John Lewis and Waitrose. He is currently a member of the John Lewis Management Board and, immediately prior to that, he had been Director of Retail Operations at Waitrose for two years from 2013.
Rob Collins said: “Ben is a talented individual who has already made a great contribution to the Partnership. He'll be a terrific Retail Director and an effective member of the Waitrose Management Board.” After graduating, Ben worked as a management consultant and from 2001 – 2009 he held a number of senior marketing and communications positions at Sky. Ben has been on the Board of the Nationwide Building Society's charitable Foundation since 2008 and became Chair in 2012. He lives in Teddington, Middlesex with his wife and two young children.
Leading food and drink sector law firm Roythornes has announced the appointment of Peter Cusick as a partner within its agriculture, food and litigation teams.
Described by Chambers UK, which ranks the best lawyers in the country, as “a brilliant legal mind”, Mr Cusick has a national reputation for agricultural and food cases
Chambers UK added: “He is incredibly efficient and immediate in his response. He is totally up-to-date with all the legal aspects of a dispute. He is very quick to grasp the essential implications of any situation, and to clearly see options to resolve the problem.”
Mr Cusick has a national reputation for agricultural and food cases including successfully handling complex cases against the Rural Payments Agency and DEFRA, particularly in the area of fruit and vegetable Producer Organisations (POs) and other subsidies.
Instructed by farmers whose livestock contracted Foot and Mouth Disease in 2007, he was central to an important test case against the Institute for Animal Health, DEFRA and others.
His cases often have a European dimension and he has acted in the European Court of Justice.
In addition, he also advised clients on a wide range of commercial disputes including partnership disputes, agency law, banking litigation and professional negligence claims.
He also acts on planning and environmental disputes with particular expertise in cases involving the adoption of sewerage systems.
Speaking about the appointment Peter Bennett, head of the food and drink team, said: “Peter is a fantastic addition to the Roythornes team – his breadth of experience and expertise speaks for itself.
“He has tremendous experience across a range of fields which I am sure will be invaluable to our clients.
“We’re delighted to have him as part of the team and believe this further solidifies our status as the leading practice in the food and drink sector.”
He is listed as a leading solicitor with the major legal directories and is also a CEDR Accredited Mediator.
Domino Printing Sciences has strengthened its Executive Team with the appointment of a new Group HR Director.
Hilary Wright joins Domino with responsibility for the HR and Facilities departments, with a specific brief to support the company’s business objectives for growth, ensuring the right skills and expertise are available within the organisation.
After starting her working life in retail management, Hilary moved into training and then became a generalist HR professional covering all aspects of the lifecycle of employment. She graduated with the Institute of Personnel and Development in 1992 and became a Fellow in 2009.
Since 2006 she has been Head of Group HR for AVEVA Group plc, which focuses on design and data engineering IT in the oil, gas and power sector. During her time there, the company completed eight acquisitions and tripled the number of employees.
Speaking about her new appointment, Hilary said: “I am passionate about enabling people to achieve their potential at work, and be able to perform at their very best. I believe that everyone should feel they are learning and developing too. After all it’s a win-win situation in which the business benefits and the individual also improves and grows.”