Meet the SRC's leadership team
ANDREW MURPHYSRC Chairman
Andrew Murphy is the Group Productivity Director of the John Lewis Partnership. Reporting to the Partnership’s Executive Chairman, Sir Charlie Mayfield, Andrew is responsible for developing productivity strategy across John Lewis Department Stores & Waitrose Supermarkets and their associated head offices.
Andrew joined John Lewis in 1992 and worked in various store operations and head office business development roles. From 2010 to 2015 Andrew was Retail Director of John Lewis with board responsibility for all JL's retail stores, contact handling, customer experience and store & format development.
Andrew holds an MA in Politics from the University of Aberdeen. He was the founding Chairman of Scotland’s first city centre Business Improvement District; Essential Edinburgh. In 2012 Andrew served on The Commission on the Future of Local Government and has also been Chair of the UK China Visa Alliance, a Director of London First and a member of the Advisory Group assisting Boris Johnson's LEP in the creation of the Economic Development Plan for London.
TONY MCELROYSRC Vice-Chair
Tony leads Government Relations and Communications for Tesco PLC in the Devolved UK nations. He is responsible for policy engagement across customer and business critical issues in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Previously working in Scotland then London in Politics and Consultancy, Tony has a particular interest in digital and comms.
Outside of work Tony is Chairman of Impact Arts, one of Scotland’s leading charities committed to helping people and communities transform their lives through creativity and the arts.
DAVID LONSDALEDirector, SRC
David Lonsdale is the Director of the Scottish Retail Consortium. Prior to this he was Assistant Director at CBI Scotland for 8 years until 2013, and previously worked at the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, rising from Policy Officer to become Head of Policy & Public Affairs.
David’s responsibilities at the SRC involve representing and promoting the interests of the retail industry and member companies to government, policy makers and opinion formers on a wide range of public policy issues.
He is deputy chairman of Workplace Chaplaincy Scotland, a board member of the Scottish Tourism Alliance, and a member of SCDI’s National Policy Committee. He served previously as a member of the Church of Scotland’s Commission on the Purposes of Economic Activity and as Chair of the Homes for Scotland Quality Awards.
Ewan MacDonald-RussellSRC Head of Policy and External Affairs
Ewan is Head of Policy & External Affairs for the Scottish Retail Consortium. He previously was Public Affairs Advisor for Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc, and before that worked for the Scottish Youth Parliament, Scottish Parliament & Business Exchange, having started his career at the Courier Newspaper in Dundee.
Ewan leads on the development of SRC policy, collaborating with stakeholders, members, and colleagues to develop the SRC’s position on relevant Scottish issues. He also leads on the development of the SRC’s media activity. He can be found on Twitter @ewanmacdonald
Tom IronsideDirector of Business & Regulation
Andrew heads up the team focusing on the production, labelling and sale of food alongside the responsible sourcing and production of all retail products. Covering a complex legislative agenda, he and his team work closely with key officials in all UK Governments and Brussels. They are also working closely with key NGOs and partners in the supply chain to improve the way products are made and sold. Andrew has huge experience in food production from his time with the NFU and before that as Chartered Surveyor managing a dairy estate.
John TomlinsonSales and Marketing Director
John leads our sales and marketing team developing value propositions, driving growth and customer satisfaction. He has extensive commercial experience in professional services and was previously Director of Sales for BSI Standards, part of the British Standards Institution Group, selling and developing BSI's global publishing business. And prior to BSI, he held commercial roles with Eurofins, Leatherhead Food Research and Whitbread.