Charity retailTRUST has appointed one of the industry’s longest standing chief executives as its new chairman.
Terry Duddy, who recently stepped down after 15 years as chief executive of the Home Retail Group, takes over at the charity, which looks after the needs of the 4.5million people involved in retail in the UK, next week.
Duddy said: “I am delighted to be appointed Chair of retailTRUST at a time when demand for our services is greater than ever. During John’s stewardship the Charity has undergone significant change and the future is about evolving further our products and services to support the 4.5 million people who work in retail and the supporting services and related industries.
“It’s been an outstanding year for the charity and I relish the opportunity to build on the sterling work done by my predecessor, John Lovering. I look forward to working with him in his new capacity as head of the retailTRUST Ambassador Group.”
Duddy will be joined by a number of new trustee appointments secured through the pro bono services of Clarity Search. He will lead a board that includes recent appointments Nigel Duxbury of AS Watson, Michael Green of BCSC. Lindsay Page of Ted Baker is also set to join next month.
The Charity has been the first mover in the support, development and backing of retailCURe, the credit union for retail, which will launch in 2015. It has already, prior to launch, received over £1 million of investment pledges from the corporate retail sector.