The British Retail Consortium has named Andy Higginson as its chair-elect, succeeding incumbent Tony De Nunzio, whose tenure is set to come to an end in September.

Andy Higginson

Andy Higginson

Higginson is currently the chair of sportswear giant JD Sports and has over 30 years of experience in senior executive and non-executive roles in UK and international retail.

Prior to taking up his role at JD Sports, Higginson was chair of grocery giant Morrisons, fashion group N Brown and value retailer Poundland.

In terms of his executive roles, he was group chief financial officer of Tesco and Burton Group.

The BRC said Higginson will work with chief executive Helen Dickinson to “guide the next phase of the organisation’s development and to support the industry as it faces into near-term policy and market challenges and invests in longer-term change”.

Higginson said: “In the past three years, we have seen the best of retail as it navigated the unprecedented challenges of Covid-19 and the inflationary environment we see today. With innovation, agility and resilience, retailers have continued to deliver for customers. Yet the pressure is still on as retailers need to invest in transforming their businesses for the future.

“More than ever, a strong collective voice is needed to advocate for the industry and to help retail businesses navigate change. I have seen the benefit of BRC membership from the company side of the fence and I look forward to working with Helen and her team to make sure the interests of the wider industry continue to be looked after.”

Dickinson added: “Andy joins the BRC as we deal with multiple public policy headwinds, with a general election in the UK not far off. We have much more to do on this and big issues like climate change, creating a more inclusive industry and reaping the benefits of digital transformation. I look forward to working with Andy to drive forward our work in these areas.

“I would like to thank Tony De Nunzio for his leadership and support over the past three years where we have dealt with multiple challenges facing the industry, come through as a stronger organisation and successfully delivered the BRC’s strategic objectives.”