Simon Calver, Jon Rudoe and Nicky Dulieu all announced they were leaving or taking up new roles in February - here are the 7 highest profile job moves from last month.

Simon Calver, Jon Rudoe and Nicky Dulieu all announced they were leaving or taking up new roles in February - here are the 7 highest profile job moves from last month.

1. Simon Calver

Simon Calver resigned from his position as Mothercare chief executive after less than two years in the role.

2. Jason Gissing

One of the founders of the online grocer, Jason Gissing, retired to concentrate on environmental and social issues.

3. Nicky Dulieu

Nicky Dulieu stepped down as chief executive of Hobbs but will remain an executive director of the fashion retailer.

4. Ian Crook

Tesco veteran Ian Crook became marketing director at Wickes.

5. Jon Rudoe

Jon Rudoe was promoted to Sainsbury’s digital and technology director and joined the retailer’s operating board.

6. Ian McLeod

The MD of Coles, Ian McLeod, moved into a senior role with the Australian grocer’s owner Wesfarmers Group.

7. Nicola Carr Matthews

Nicola Carr Matthews was appointed Karen Millen commercial director with the brief of driving international expansion.

There was a time when pound stores and value retailers were seen almost as an underclass of retail society. But times have changed and not only are such stores attracting a more affluent class of bargain hunter they’re also managing to lure some of retail’s top talent into their boardrooms. Last month Poundland announced that former Carpetright boss, Darren Shapland, had become a senior independent director on the same day it confirmed its intention to float on the London Stock Exchange. Shapland joins a powerhouse board that includes Mondelez executive Trevor Bond, Tea Colaianni, the group HR director of Merlin Entertainments, and former Travelodge boss Grant Hearn, all of whom will gather under the chairmanship of ex-Tesco finance director Andy Higginson.

Value retailer Wilkinsons has also pulled off a coup by persuading The Cooperative Food’s chief operating officer Sean Toal to become its chief operating officer, while the rapidly growing Card Factory will be delighted to have acquired the services of experienced former Travis Perkins chief executive Geoff Cooper as its chairman. Like Poundland, Card Factory is preparing for a share issue and chartered accountant Cooper, whose CV includes spells as financial director at Gateway and latterly Alliance Unichem, is ideally equipped to ensure the IPO passes without a hitch.

The lesson here is that good people will go where the growth is strongest and the opportunity to make a difference is greatest. A few years ago the great and the good of the industry were flooding onto the boards of dot com businesses; now it’s the turn of the high street’s social climbers to take their turn in the sun.

Tony Gregg is chief executive of the Anthony Gregg Partnership

The Anthony Gregg Partnership

Founded in 2003 and located in Henley-in-Arden and London, The Anthony Gregg Partnership specialises in the consumer search market space. You can call Tony Gregg on 01564 796830 or email him at tony@anthonygregg.com.