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Retail Trust announces new chairman

The Retail Trust has announced the appointment of John Lovering as its new chairman.

Industry veteran Lovering, who has held a variety of chairmanships at retailers over the past 25 years, will replace the charity’s current chair Dudley Cloake in September. Cloake, a former personal director at John Lewis, has been in the role since February 2009.

Commenting on his appointed, Lovering said: “The retail industry has been very good to me throughout my career and I am pleased to help the Retail Trust deliver its mission to offer financial and advisory help to those in the industry who are in need.  I am particularly keen to find ways we can support on-going education for young people who have chosen retailing as a career.

“I look forward to working with the leaders of the industry who have supported us in the past and those newer to our work as we build the reach and impact of the charity.”

Lovering has been chairman at Homebase, Debenhams, Peacocks and Somerfield. He is also a governor of Dulwich College and does work for charities The Woodland Trust and the British Heart Foundation.

Nigel Rothband, chief executive of the Retail Trust, added: “John has served as Chairman for some of our biggest retail supporters and we are absolutely delighted that he is joining our Board in September.”

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