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Lisa Cherry new Executive Director for People

  • The John Lewis Partnership has appointed Lisa Cherry as Executive Director for People
  • Lisa has more than twenty years’ experience working in large retailers in both operational and HR leadership roles, most recently at Post Office
  • Lisa will work on the people strategy for our 78,000 Partners, lead work that rewards and develops our Partners, and improve our diversity and inclusion so we reflect the communities we serve

The John Lewis Partnership has today appointed Lisa Cherry as Executive Director for People. 

Lisa, currently Group Chief People Officer for Post Office, will join the Partnership in early September. 

Lisa has more than twenty years’ experience working in large retailers in both operational and HR leadership roles, most recently at the Post Office, where she was appointed to partner the new CEO to help evolve the organisation during a time of change. Lisa previously held a series of HR Director roles within the Post Office Group since joining in 2018. 

Lisa’s early career was spent in customer-facing operational roles before joining the Sainsbury’s Graduate Scheme. This began in-store management before moving into HR and Leadership Development. Her time at Sainsbury’s was followed by senior HR roles at WHSmith and Wyevale Garden Centres (a Terra Firma owned business).

Rewarding and developing our Partners

Lisa will continue to develop and deliver the people strategy for the Partnership’s 78,000 Partners, all co-owners in the business. She will lead our work to create a people proposition that rewards and develops our Partners, provides exceptional health and wellbeing support and improves our diversity and inclusion, so we reflect the communities we serve.

Nikki Humphrey is leaving the Partnership to rejoin Virgin, as Chief People Officer for the Virgin Group.

‘A strong sense of purpose’

Sharon White, Partner & Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, said: “I’m delighted that Lisa is joining the Partnership. She brings a wealth of experience and an impressive background in retail from her time at Sainsbury’s, WHSmith and the Post Office. Lisa has a strong sense of purpose, which makes her a great fit for the Partnership.”

“Nikki’s made a major contribution to the Partnership, working tirelessly to set the foundations for a modern, more relevant Partner proposition informed by Partners. I’m sad to see Nikki move on and she will be missed by Partners right across the business. She leaves with our best wishes.”

Shaping the future

Lisa Cherry said: “I’m honoured to be joining the Partnership at such an important time. I’m really looking forward to leading the People team and spending time with Partners to properly understand the organisation and build on the existing plans to help shape the future.”

‘A difficult decision to leave’

Nikki Humphrey said: “It’s been a difficult decision to leave the Partnership, which is a special purpose-led organisation. I’m proud of the People Team’s recent achievements, such as paying the Real Living Wage nationwide and providing market leading six-months equal parental leave. But the opportunity to rejoin the Virgin family was too good to miss.”

About the John Lewis Partnership
The John Lewis Partnership owns and operates two of Britain's best-loved retail brands - John Lewis and Waitrose. Started as a radical experiment over a century ago, the Partnership is now the largest employee-owned business in the UK, with over 80,000 employees who are all Partners in the business. The Partnership is purpose-driven, existing to create a fairer and more sustainable future for our Partners, customers, suppliers and communities. Our Purpose not only inspires our principles, drives our decisions and acts as our guide to be a force for good, it steers us to do things differently and better - all in service of creating a happier world for everyone and everything we touch.

Contact Details:

For more information please contact:
Parveen Johal - [email protected]
Chris Wynn - 07980 242019 / [email protected]