Our board

John Barton

Chairman of the Board

John became a member of the Board in 2002 and was appointed Deputy Chairman in 2004 and Chairman in 2006. He is also Chairman of easyJet plc and a Non-executive Director of SSP. John previously served as the Chief Executive of JIB Group plc and Chairman for Cable and Wireless Worldwide plc; Catlin Group Limited; Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc; Wellington Underwriting plc and Brit Insurance Holdings plc and as a Non-executive Director of WH Smith plc and Hammerson plc.



Deputy Chairman and Chairman Designate

Michael joined the Board in February 2017. He is also Chairman of Grafton Group plc and a non-executive director of US firm Brown-Forman Corporation and of Azelis SA, a privately owned company. Michael has extensive business experience. He was previously the Chief Executive of Bunzl plc from 2005 until his retirement in April 2016, Chief Executive of Goodyear Dunlop Tires Europe and non-executive director of Johnson Matthey Plc. 


Lord Wolfson of Aspley Guise

Chief Executive

Lord Wolfson joined the Group in 1991. He was appointed Retail Sales Director in 1993, became responsible for NEXT Directory in 1995 and was appointed to the Board in 1997 with additional responsibilities for systems. Lord Wolfson was appointed Managing Director of the NEXT Brand in 1999 and Chief Executive in 2001.

Amanda James

Group Finance Director

Amanda joined the Group in 1995 and has led the management accounting and commercial finance teams since 2005. In 2009, Amanda was appointed Commercial Finance Director and was promoted to NEXT Brand Finance Director in 2012. Amanda has comprehensive knowledge of NEXT's operations and has played a central role in the financial management of the business. Amanda was appointed to the Board in 2015.

Michael Law

Group Operations Director

Michael joined the Group in 1995 as Call Centre Manager for the NEXT Directory. Michael was appointed Call Centre Director in 2003 and in 2006 took responsibility for Group I.T. In 2010 he was appointed Group Operations Director, adding Warehousing and Logistics to his portfolio. Michael is now responsible for all Systems, Warehousing, Logistics and Call Centres within the Group and was appointed to the Board in 2013.

Jane Shields

Group Sales and Marketing Director

Jane joined NEXT Retail in 1985 as a sales assistant in one of our London stores. Jane worked her way through store management to be appointed Sales Director in 2000 with responsibility for all store operations and training. In 2006 Jane took additional responsibility for Retail Marketing and in 2010 was appointed Group Sales and Marketing Director, adding Directory and online marketing to her portfolio. She was appointed to the Board in 2013.

Francis Salway

Senior Independent Director

Francis became a member of the Board in June 2010. He is also Chairman of Town & Country Housing Group, Chairman for the Property Advisory Group for Transport for London and a Non-executive Director of Cadogan Group Limited. He was formerly Chief Executive for Land Securities Group plc and past President of the British Property Federation.


Caroline Goodall

Independent Non-Executive Director

Caroline became a member of the Board in January 2013. She is currently an independent non-executive on the Partnership board of the accountancy firm Grant Thornton UK LLP and a Trustee of the National Trust. She was a Non-executive Director of SVG Capital plc, a FTSE 250 listed private equity investor, from 2010 to October 2014. Prior to that, Caroline had over thirty years' experience in corporate finance and was a corporate finance partner at the international law firm Herbert Smith including five years as Head of the Global Corporate Division. Caroline chairs the NEXT Remuneration Committee.


Dame Dianne Thompson

Independent Non-executive Director

Dame Thompson joined the Board in January 2015 with significant senior management experience including fourteen years as Chief Executive Officer of Camelot Group. During her 42 year career, she has worked in marketing for several retail companies. More recently Dianne was Chairman of RadioCentre and a non-executive director of the Home Office. She is currently President of the Market Research Society.



Independent Non-Executive Director

Jonathan became a member of the Board in October 2016.  Since qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG, Jonathan has spent 25 years in investment banking, with Robert Fleming, UBS and, for the past 5 years, Bank of America Merrill Lynch.  In April 2017, he joined Standard Chartered Bank as Vice Chairman, Corporate and Institutional Banking. As a senior banker, he has provided advice to the Boards of many UK and Overseas companies on a wide range of financial and strategic issues, including financing, M&A and general corporate matters. Jonathan is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. Jonathan is Chair of the Audit Committee. 

A = Member of the Audit Committee
N = Member of the Nomination Committee
R = Member of the Remuneration Committee