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Sports Direct appoints chairman

Sports Direct, the sportswear retailer founded by controversial tycoon Mike Ashley, has appointed Dr Keith Hellawell as non-executive chairman.

Sports Direct has been heavily criticised by the City for flouting corporate governance rules by not having a full time chairman since 2007 when, three months after Sports Direct floated, David Richardson quit his role.

Former Blacks Leisure boss Simon Bentley has been acting as part time chairman since.  He will stay on the Sports Direct board as a non-executive director.

Hellawell worked for forty years in the public sector and was chief constable of two British police forces. He also worked directly for the Prime Minister between 1998 and 2002, coordinating the UK’s national and international drugs policy.

Bentley said: “I am very pleased that Keith has agreed to join us and look forward to working closely with him. He brings with him a wealth of experience at the highest levels of both public and private sectors and will make a major contribution to the development of the company.”

Hellawell added: “I am delighted to join the board of Sports Direct and very much looking forward to contributing to its continuing success in the retail sector.”

Hellawell is currently non-executive chairman of pharmaceutical and consumer health company Goldshield Group.

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