We make a positive difference to the retail industry and the customers it serves
Helen Dickinson OBEChief Executive
Helen leads the team and sets the strategic direction of the BRC. She joined in January 2013 and has been working with retailers for over 25 years. She is also a judge of the Everywoman Retail Ambassadors Programme and was previously Chair of Working Chance, a charity helping women offenders find employment between 2012 and 2016. Helen was previously UK Head of Retail at KPMG, driving and developing the retail practice and leading relationships and audits for many clients. Helen was awarded the OBE in 2016 for Services to Retail.
Amanda CallaghanDirector of Corporate Affairs
Amanda devises and implements the BRC's corporate affairs strategy. She has experience of leading public affairs and communications in membership organisations. Most recently she was Director of Corporate Affairs at The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry. Prior to that, Amanda was at the Royal College of Nursing as Director of Communications and was Public Affairs Manager for the British Pregnancy Advisory Service.
Andrew OpieDirector of Food and Sustainability
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.
Tom IronsideDirector of Business & Regulation
Tom leads the Business & Regulation team covering a broad range of business cost and reputational issues including property, planning, regeneration, taxation, crime, employment, diversity and risk and safety.
He joined us in 2008 bringing previous experience in a range of public sector policy roles and began his career at the Local Government Commission leading reviews of local authorities' structure and electoral arrangements.
Carolyn HawleyHead of HR
Carolyn, who joined us in 2015, is a senior and highly qualified HR professional, coach & coach supervisor with over 25 years of varied experience. She has a proven track record across a broad diversity of organisations, most recently in a membership not for profit organisation, and previously in Oil & Gas, Engineering and FMCG sectors, including a wealth of international exposure.
Ian PercivalFinance Director
Ian joined us in 2017 and oversees our finance team. He has a wealth of experience gained from a career spent in the home shopping retail sector in Finance Director and Chief Executive roles. While working as Finance Director at Freemans PLC, he participated in the activities of the Mail Order Traders Association. Subsequently he joined an e-commerce start-up, Sit-up Limited, which grew rapidly and was successfully sold to Virgin Media.