- Richard Gillies
Richard Gillies, Group Sustainability Director, Kingfisher plc
Richard Gillies joined Kingfisher plc in October 2013 as Group Sustainability Director. He is responsible for corporate affairs, government affairs and ‘Net Positive’ – the Group’s quest to become a restorative business.
A retailer through and through, Richard joined the world’s third largest home improvement group from much loved British retail brand Marks and Spencer, where he spent 29 years in a variety of disciplines including; stores across the UK and Canada, HR, planning, facilities, store design and procurement. His last five years saw him become the main driver and inspiration behind Plan A.
Richard is no stranger to home improvement having recently moved into his family’s eco-home, which he oversaw being built one brick at a time. He is an average, but improving, skier and an avid tweeter - you can follow him @GilliesRichard.
In addition to his role at Kingfisher, Richard is on the advisory boards of; LWEC (Living With Environmental Change) a partnership that funds, carries out and uses environmental research and observations to ensure that decision-makers in government, business and society have the knowledge, foresight and tools to mitigate, adapt to and benefit from environmental change; BSR (Business for Social Responsibility) an organisation working with business to create a just and sustainable world; and Critical Eye an organisation providing a safe and trusted environment in which leaders can collaborate to share knowledge, solve problems and gain perspective on a diverse range of business issues.
Kingfisher plc is the world’s third largest home improvement retail group, with 1,069 stores in nine countries in Europe and Asia, employing more than 80,000 people. Its main retail brands are B&Q, Castorama, Brico Dépôt and Screwfix. Net Positive is Kingfisher’s approach to doing business, which forms part of the core ‘Creating the Leader’ business strategy. Its basis is that to succeed, business must do more than minimise its negative impact – it must be designed to have a positive impact on the world. To see how Kingfisher is making a difference www.kingfisher.com/netpositive
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