Next Group finance director David Keens has announced his plans to retire next March after 28 years at the retail giant.

Keens was appointed to the board in 1991 and has served as finance director for 23 years. He is due to depart shortly after the Group’s results in March next year.

Next brand finance director Amanda James has been promoted to the role of FD, taking effect as of March 2015. James has been at the clothing and home retailer for 18 years, leading the accounting and commercial finance team since 2005.