Management and board

Sainsburys store

Management and board

The Board is chaired by David Tyler and its key focus in helping to create long-term sustainable value for shareholders, is on strategic leadership, performance management, investor relations, risk management and governance succession planning.

Day-to-day management of the Group is delegated to the Operating Board, which is chaired by Mike Coupe, the Chief Executive. He is responsible for the day-to-day management of the company, and executing the strategy, once agreed by the Board. He creates a framework of strategy, values, organisation and objectives to ensure the successful achievement of results, and allocates decision-making and responsibilities accordingly.

  • Mike CoupeMike CoupeChief Executive
    Mike Coupe

    Mike CoupeChief Executive

    Biography:
    Appointed Chief Executive on 9 July 2014. He has been a member of the Operating Board since October 2004 and an Executive Director since 1 August 2007. He joined Sainsbury’s from Big Food Group where he was a Board Director of Big Food Group plc and Managing Director of Iceland Food Stores. He previously worked for both ASDA and Tesco, where he served in a variety of senior management roles. Mike was appointed to the board of directors of I2C at its inception and he is also a Non-Executive Director at Greene King plc.

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  • John RogersJohn RogersChief Financial Officer
    John Rogers

    John RogersChief Financial Officer

    Biography:
    Appointed Chief Financial Officer on 19 July 2010, John is also a member of the Board of Sainsbury’s Bank plc. John joined Sainsbury's in November 2005 as Director of Corporate Finance and then became Director of Group Finance from March 2007 to July 2008. In July 2008, he was appointed to the Operating Board as Property Director. John is co-chair of the Chief Financial Officer Leadership Network, established by the Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) Project founded by HRH The Prince of Wales and is a Non-Executive Director of Travis Perkins plc. Prior to Sainsbury's, John was Group Finance Director for Hanover Acceptances, a diversified corporation with wholly owned subsidiaries in the food manufacturing, real estate and agri-business sectors.

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  • Helen BuckHelen BuckBusiness Development Director
    Helen Buck

    Helen BuckBusiness Development Director

    Biography:
    Helen was appointed to the Operating Board on 19 July 2010 as Convenience Director. She was appointed Retail Director in March 2012 and became Business Development Director in May 2014 with responsibility for developing the business beyond the core, as well as Mobile by Sainsbury’s, Sainsbury’s Energy and Sainsbury’s Online. Helen joined Sainsbury’s in 2005 and, after spending four years running Brand Communications, moved to the Trading Division as Business Unit Director, Grocery in 2009. Before joining Sainsbury’s, Helen held a number of senior positions at Marks and Spencer Group plc, Woolworths and Safeway and was a senior manager at McKinsey & Company. Since December 2011, Helen has been a Non-Executive Director of LSL Property Services PLC.

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  • Roger BurnleyRoger BurnleyRetail and Operations Director
    Roger Burnley

    Roger BurnleyRetail and Operations Director

    Biography:
    Roger joined Sainsbury’s Operating Board in March 2006 as Supply Chain Director before assuming the role of Retail and Logistics Director (2008-12). He was then appointed Managing Director of General Merchandise, Clothing and Logistics in March 2012 and was appointed Retail and Logistics Director in May 2014, with responsibility for leading the combined team of Supermarkets, Convenience and Logistics. Roger was previously Supply Chain Director at Matalan. He spent his early career in retail management and buying at B&Q before joining ASDA/WalMart, where he held a number of positions before becoming their Supply Chain Director in 2001. Roger is currently Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK) and in September 2012 he joined the Board of Transport for London, for which he is also a member of the Surface Transport Panel.

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  • Tim FallowfieldTim FallowfieldCompany Secretary & Corporate Services Director
    Tim Fallowfield

    Tim FallowfieldCompany Secretary & Corporate Services Director

    Biography:
    Tim joined Sainsbury’s in 2001 as Company Secretary and joined the Operating Board in 2004. In addition to his role as Company Secretary, Tim is responsible for the Corporate Services Division comprising Legal Services, Public Affairs, Safety, Shareholder Services, Insurance and Central Security. He chairs the Group Safety Committee and the Data Governance Committee. Tim joined Sainsbury’s from Exel plc, the global logistics company, where he was Company Secretary and Head of Legal Services (1994-2001). He began his career at the international law firm Clifford Chance for six years and is a qualified solicitor.

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  • Peter GriffithsPeter GriffithsCEO of Sainsbury’s Bank
    Peter Griffiths

    Peter GriffithsCEO of Sainsbury’s Bank

    Biography:
    Peter was appointed CEO of Sainsbury’s Bank in November 2012 and joined the Operating Board in May 2014. Prior to joining Sainsbury’s he was Group Chief Executive of Principality, the largest building society in Wales, growing it from the 13th largest building society in the UK to the 7th, during his decade in charge. He previously worked for NatWest (1977-2000), and was Chief Operating Officer at Morgan Chambers Plc. He is former Chairman of the CBI Wales and the Building Societies Association, and is a Fellow of UWIC and The Chartered Institute of Management.

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  • Paul Mills-HicksPaul Mills-HicksFood Commercial Director
    Paul Mills-Hicks

    Paul Mills-HicksFood Commercial Director

    Biography:
    Paul joined the Operating Board in May 2014 as Food Commercial Director having spent over 10 years at Sainsbury’s. He began working for Justin King in his first two years as Chief Executive during the formation of the ‘Making Sainsbury’s Great Again’ strategy. Following this he held a variety of roles in commercial, strategy and finance, most recently as Business Unit Director for Grocery. Prior to Sainsbury’s, Paul was European Controller at Marks and Spencer Group plc and a Director at UBS Warburg. Paul is a qualified electronic engineer and a Chartered Accountant.

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  • Angie_risleyAngie RisleyGroup HR Director
    Angie_risley

    Angie RisleyGroup HR Director

    Biography:
    Angie was appointed Group HR Director and a member of the Operating Board in January 2013 with responsibility for human resources. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Serco Group plc and chairs their Remuneration Committee. Angie was most recently Group HR Director at Lloyds Banking Group and prior to this an Executive Director of Whitbread plc with responsibility for HR and Corporate Social Responsibility. She was a member of the Low Pay Commission.

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  • Jon RudoeJon RudoeDigital and Technology Director
    Jon Rudoe

    Jon RudoeDigital and Technology Director

    Biography:
    Jon joined the Operating Board in March 2014 with responsibility for Digital and the IT function. He joined Sainsbury’s in July 2011 as Director of Online and in March 2013 he also took on responsibility for Digital. Jon joined Sainsbury’s from Ocado where he led marketing, user experience, trading, own-brand and supply chain. Previously, Jon was a management consultant at Bain & Company and worked in venture capital.

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  • Sarah WarbySarah WarbyMarketing Director
    Sarah Warby

    Sarah WarbyMarketing Director

    Biography:
    Sarah joined Sainsbury’s and the Operating Board on 30 January 2012 as Marketing Director. She has responsibility for all Sainsbury’s marketing activity: brand communications, own-brand marketing, in-store, loyalty and customer insight. She also has responsibility for Customer Service and Experience, as well as Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Affairs. Sarah previously held a number of senior positions at Heineken and was their UK Marketing Director where she was responsible for a number of the UK’s most high-profile FMCG brands. Prior to this, she was Innovation Director at Heineken where she led the combined technical and marketing team. Earlier in her career, Sarah worked for several marketing agencies and was a graduate employee at Unilever PLC.

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