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Morrisons clothing boss departs

Morrisons’ trading director for general merchandise and clothing Tim Bettley is leaving the business amid a wider restructure of the supermarket chain’s head office.  

Bettley, who is on gardening leave, will be replaced by Hilary Leam, currently transformation director of Morrisons’ fresh food department Market Street.

Christine Bryce remains head of merchandising and Claire Cave head of buying. However, it is understood other senior roles within the general merchandise and clothing department are at risk of redundancy.

Bettley left his job as managing director of value fashion chain Peacocks to set up Morrisons’ kidswear line Nutmeg in March 2012.

He began his career at Peacocks as a buyer in 1994, working his way up to the managing director role, which he held from 2004 to 2012. Before that, he was a menswear buyer at Poundstretcher and an assistant buyer for menswear and childrenswear at catalogue clothing retailer Grattan. His next move is not yet known.

Following the news of his departure, Morrisons reiterated its commitment to having a clothing offer through Nutmeg, which is stocked in 259 of Morrisons 658 stores.

A spokesman said: “The Nutmeg collection continues to be a great addition to the Morrisons offering, attracting young families to our stores and performing well for the business.”

Leam joined Morrisons in August 2011 as commercial director of its baby goods retailer Kiddicare, which was sold in 2014.

She became marketing director of Morrisons in June 2012 and category director for home and leisure, petrol and Hong Kong in May 2013, before joining the Market Street team in January 2015.

Morrisons announced last week that it will cut 720 of its 2,300 head office jobs and recruit 5,000 additional staff to work in its shops.

It came after a decision last month to axe almost half of the executive board, including group customer marketing and digital director Nick Collard and group retail director Martyn Fletcher.

The changes form part of new chief executive David Potts’ strategy to streamline the business and boost sales.




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