Dobbies Garden Centres has appointed David Robinson as its new chief executive. 

Dobbies CEO David Robinson

Robinson joins from Pets at Home where he was chief operating officer for the last four years. Prior to Pets at Home, Robinson worked at Home Retail Group as chief operating officer, at Argos leading its digital transformation, and as part of the Homebase executive team responsible for its commercial operations. 

Robinson will replace Graeme Jenkins who is leaving after seven years to ”pursue other opportunities”. 

Jenkins said: “After seven transformative years, I am delighted that David has taken over the reins as CEO. I am confident he will take the business through its next stage of growth and I wish him and the team the very best for the future.” 

Robinson said: “I am thrilled to be joining Dobbies. The UK is passionate about its green spaces and there has been a boom in how we appreciate and enjoy our gardens in the past few years. I have certainly become a keen gardener myself so I am looking forward to being closely involved with the sector.

“Dobbies is a special business that enjoys the fact that customers choose to visit garden centres, generating footfall that many retailers can only dream of in these challenging economic times. I am really excited to work with the team through the next stage of growth for the business.”

The board of Dobbies added: “We are pleased to welcome David to Dobbies. With his retail experience and focus on customers and colleagues, he will be a fantastic asset to the business as we continue our growth.

”We would like to thank Graeme for his invaluable work, leading the business through its transformation into the UK’s number 1 garden centre operator more than doubling its size, its re-platforming and navigating the challenges of the Covid period.”