B&Q has appointed its HR director Liz Bell and parent Kingfisher’s company secretary Nick Folland to its board.

Bell has been part of the leadership team at B&Q for four years, and has been responsible for the HR function at the DIY giant for nine months, reporting to retail operations director Martyn Phillips, who previously represented the HR agenda on the board.

The retailer said the promotion is in recognition of the “leading role she has taken in continuing to establish B&Q as a world class employer”.

In April B&Q was awarded the Global Gallup Great Workplace Award, and this year the retailer introduced a range of bonus schemes for shop floor staff and store managers.

Folland  - who has been working with the B&Q board in addition to carrying out his Kingfisher responsibilities – has formally joined the board as legal director.

Chief executive of Kingfisher UK and B&Q Euan Sutherland said: “These two new B&Q Board appointments underpin our strategy to keep B&Q a global leader as a great place to work,  and a responsible place to shop and do business with.   I am delighted to welcome both Liz and Nick to the B&Q Board.”