announces Carolyn Bradley to its Board of Directors as next Chair

– UK, Birmingham – plc (LON: WRKS), the multi-channel value retailer of arts, crafts, toys, books, and stationery, today announced the appointment of Carolyn Bradley to its Board of Directors as Chair of the Board, with effect from 30 September 2021, succeeding Dean Hoyle who has notified the Board that he intends to step down as Chairman following the AGM in September 2021.

On appointment, Carolyn will also Chair the Nomination Committee and be appointed as a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Carolyn has extensive experience in executive and non-executive roles in retail and consumer businesses, having spent 25 years at Tesco, as well as currently holding positions as an Independent Non-Executive Director at B&M European Value Retail S.A., Senior Independent Director of SSP Group plc, and Marston’s PLC and Deputy Chair of Cancer Research UK. Carolyn’s background in retail and experience in brand and customer proposition make her ideally suited to guide the business on to the next stage of its development.

Dear Hoyle, Chairman of The Works, commented: “It has been a privilege to chair The Works since 2014, during which time the business has undergone a significant transformation. I am very proud of the important milestones reached, such as the IPO and opening our 500th store, but more importantly, I am pleased with the journey The Works has been on more recently to make it a more agile and modern version of the business that our customers have always known and loved. The leadership team has already proven itself capable of guiding the business through the toughest of storms and despite the challenges posed by the pandemic The Works has emerged as a stronger business. I remain fully supportive of the business and its leadership and am sincerely grateful to my colleagues for their support, their continuing hard work, and their ‘can-do spirit.”

About Carolyn Bradley

Carolyn has extensive marketing and commercial experience from her executive career with Tesco, where her roles included Group Brand Director, UK Marketing Director, and COO for Since leaving Tesco in 2013 she has held several non-executive roles, which currently include Senior Independent director and Rem Co-Chair at the SSP Group plc, Senior Independent Director at Marston’s PLC, and Non-Executive Director at B&M European Value Retail S.A. She is also a Non-Executive Director at Majid Al Futtaim Retail LLC and Deputy Chair at Cancer Research UK.

Carolyn graduated from Cambridge University before joining Tesco, where she led many innovations such as the Clubcard loyalty scheme, the ‘Every Little Helps’ service campaign, and the grocery home delivery business.

Carolyn Bradley, Chair designate, said: “The Works is a true champion of the high street and has grown to become a successful multi-channel retailer. With its refocused strategy, highly capable leadership team, and a workforce of over 3,500 dedicated and passionate colleagues I do not doubt that The Works will continue to go from strength to strength. I am delighted to have been appointed Chair and look forward to working with the rest of the Board and supporting the business through the next stage of its growth.”

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