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Exclusive: Women’s design boss exits Marks & Spencer after just five months

Carole Boyes-Weston, head of design at Marks & Spencer for womenswear labels Per Una and Limited Collection, has left the business after only five months in the role.

Boyes-Weston, who left by “mutual consent” just before Christmas, joined in July last year, replacing Helen Low, who left to join George at Asda as general manager for design.

She started just as it was announced John Dixon would be taking over from Kate Bostock as executive director of general merchandise, and it is not thought her departure is part of a wider shake-up under the new regime.

A source close to Boyes-Weston told Drapers the designer was “unhappy” in her role with the retailer, feeling that she lacked autonomy. She is now considering her next move.

A spokeswoman for M&S said: “Carole leaves with our thanks and best wishes for her future career.”

Karen Peacock, head of design for footwear, accessories, Autograph, Classics and the Indigo Collection, will assume Boyce-Weston’s responsibilities on an interim basis while M&S recruits a replacement.

Boyes-Weston, a former tailoring buyer at Next, has more than 30 years’ design experience and before joining M&S was an account director for one of its main suppliers, Dewhirst.

In June, Dewhirst made 120 people redundant from warehouse and logistics teams.

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