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Karren Brady to join Arcadia board

Karren Brady, vice chair of West Ham United football club and former managing director of Birmingham City football club, is expected to join the board of Arcadia Group.

Brady will be the first female board director at Arcadia, Sir Philip Green’s fashion conglomerate, which includes stores such as Bhs, Topshop, Topman, Dorothy Perkins and Burton.

She is expected to be appointed as a non-executive director in September.

Brady, currently starring in the BBC’s Junior Apprentice television, will step down from the board of babywear retailer Mothercare on 13 August, Mothercare has confirmed.

Chairman Ian Peacock said: “We are sorry that Karren has decided to step down. On behalf of the board I should like to thank Karren for her enthusiastic support and work on the board since her appointment in July 2003. We wish her well in her future business activities”.

Separately Topshop is testing the Canadian market with the opening of a shop-in-shop in Toronto later this month, according to reports.

It will open a shop-in-shop in the Jonathan + Olivia boutique which is extending by 80 sq metres to house the Topshop collection.

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