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Full list confirmed for BHS select committee hearings

The full list of people invited to give evidence to the joint select committees relating to the BHS sale and subsequent collapse into administration has been confirmed by the business, innovation and skills committee and the work and pensions committee.

BHS Tunbridge Wells

BHS Tunbridge Wells

BHS Tunbridge Wells

“We will want to explore how Retail Acquisitions Limited (RAL) was considered to be a suitable buyer for BHS, an apparently struggling high street store which was saddled with a large pension deficit,” said Iain Wright MP, chair of the BIS committee.

“We will want to untangle the nature of the advice, both formal and informal, which was provided to Arcadia and RAL as part of the sale process. We will want to probe the role of directors in this sale and to examine whether the existing regulatory regime is fit for purpose.”

The full list is as follows:

Monday 23 May 2016

At 3.50pm

Panel 1: Advisers on pensions

  • Anne-Marie Winton (former partner) and Ian Greenstreet (partner), Nabarro
  • Tony Clare (partner), Deloitte
  • David Clarke (partner), KPMG
  • Richard Cousins (partner), PwC

Panel 2: Advisers to Arcadia / Taveta

  • Owen Clay (partner), Linklaters
  • Steve Denison (partner), PwC
  • Anthony Gutman (co-head, EMEA Investment Banking Services), Goldman Sachs

Panel 3: Arcadia / Taveta

  • Ian Grabiner, CEO Arcadia, [invited]
  • Lord Grabiner, board member of Taveta Investments Ltd. [invited]
  • Paul Budge, finance director, Arcadia Group, Director Taveta Investments Ltd.
  • Gillian Hague, director, Arcadia Group and Taveta Investments (No.2) Ltd.
  • Chris Harris, group property director, Arcadia Group

Wednesday 25 May 2016

Panel 1: BHS Current Pension Fund Trustees

  • Chris Martin (chair)
  • Mike Lymath
  • Phil Kitchen
  • Jason Hyde

Panel 2: BHS Pension Fund former Trustees

  • Margaret Downes (former chair)
  • Siobhan Forey
  • Richard de Dombal

Panel 3: Advisers to Retail Acquisitions Ltd.

  • David Roberts, Partner, Olswang
  • TBC, Grant Thornton
  • Andrew Frangos, Chief Executive, Cornhill Capital

Wednesday 8 June 2016

Panel 1: BHS management

  • Darren Topp, chief executive
  • Richard Price, former chief executive

Panel 2: Retail Acquisitions Ltd. Board

  • Mark Tasker
  • Eddie Paladorio
  • Stephen Bourne

Panel 3

  • Dominic Chappell

Wednesday 15 June 2016

  • Sir Philip Green


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