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Lord Rose of Monewden

Chairman of Ocado and Former Chairman of Marks & Spencer

Lord Rose is recognised as one of the leading lights in British retail. Since leaving M&S in 2011, he has worked similar magic for other businesses and is currently an independent non-executive director and chairman designate of the online retailer Ocado.

"A leading authority in retail and management"

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In detail

Lord Rose started his retail career as a management trainee at Marks & Spencer in 1972, gradually gaining experience and rising through the ranks. After almost twenty years with the company, he moved on to become the Chief Executive of Burton Group. His success within the role saw him move on to senior positions at other retailers, including Argos, Booker Plc (which merged with Iceland to become Big Food Group under his leadership) and Arcadia Group. He returned to M&S in 2004 and is currently a non-executive chairman of and non-executive director of Woolworths Holdings Ltd. He was knighted in 2008 for his services to the retail industry.

What he offers you

With a well earned and established reputation in Britain's retail sector, Lord Rose is ideally placed to offer audiences insights into the secrets of his ongoing success. In his presentations, he considers the lessons learned about organisational change, and how to navigate turbulent trading conditions.

How he presents

Confident and professional Lord Rose transmits the energy which he used to transform several UK retail giants to eager audiences as his talks, recounting experiences and offering invaluable advice.


He presents in English.

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  • Corporate Sustainability
  • Environmental Issues
  • The M&S Story
  • Leadership
  • Customer Services
  • Creating Customer Loyalty


  • 2014
    Appointed a Conservative Life Peer in the House of Lords
  • 2008
    Honour of Knighthood for Services to the Retail Industry and to Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Chairman - Business in the Community
  • 2006
    Business Leader of the Year - World Leadership Forum

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