John Lewis appoints head of corporate affairs
Clayton Hirst to join the John Lewis Partnership.
By Laura Turner
2 February 2017
The John Lewis Partnership
has appointed Clayton Hirst to the role of group head of corporate affairs, John Lewis Partnership.
Hirst, who will take up the position on 24 April, joins from Virgin Media, where he has served as director of external communications since 2015.
Hirst has two decades' experience in communications, media and public policy. Prior to joining Virgin Media, he spent 10 years at the regulator Ofcom in a number of roles before becoming its director of communications in 2010.
Hirst's early career was in journalism, working as a reporter and editor on a number of national publications, latterly the Independent on Sunday, where he was deputy business editor.
“Clayton joins us to head up our corporate affairs team at a time of huge significance for the Partnership as we help the business develop its thinking on the key priorities emerging from the Government's Industrial Strategy,” says Simon Fowler, director of communications, John Lewis Partnership. “This includes the UK's direction post-Brexit as well as the issues facing the Partnership from the pressures we've called out affecting society, retail and the workplace.
Commenting on his new role, Clayton Hirst adds, “I am delighted to be joining the Partnership at such a critical time - with the structural changes taking place in the retail sector and the enormous shifts in public policy resulting from Brexit. I look forward to working for the John Lewis Partnership, one of the UK's most respected retailers, brands and employee-owned businesses.”
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