Newcastle department chain Fenwick welcomes newcomers to the board

Christine Cross and Alastair Kerr both have a wealth of retail experience and have joined Fenwick

Fenwick in Newcastle
Fenwick in Newcastle

Department store group Fenwick has strengthened its management team by enlisting two retail veterans to the board.

Documents filed at Companies House show the firm, which has its flagship store in Newcastle, has enlisted Alastair Kerr and Christine Cross, as non-executive directors.

Mrs Cross spent 14 years of her career at Tesco, which she left in 2003 after carrying out a range of roles at director level.

As group business development director, she was involved in their programme of international acquisitions.

During her time with the firm she managed Tesco’s UK clothing business, driving double-digit growth, and was also involved in business expansion to Central Europe and Asia.

She was a non–executive director of Next from 2005 until this year and acts as an adviser for retailer Monsoon, and also worked for accountancy firm PWC as chief retail adviser from 2010 to 2013.

Kerr also has an impressive retail resume, having held senior management roles at Mothercare, Kwik-Fit and The Body Shop.

He is currently a senior independent director at Alliance Trust and sits on the board of pub group Fuller, Smith & Turner.

Fenwick was opened in Newcastle by John James Fenwick in the 1880s after he was inspired by the then new concept of department store retailing that had first emerged in Paris.

As well as its Newcastle store, Fenwick now has operations in London’s Bond Street, Brent Cross, Leicester, York, Canterbury, Tunbridge Wells and Windsor, as well as Bentalls stores in Kingston and Bracknell.

It is chaired by the founder’s great-grandson Mark while his cousin Adam is group managing director.

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