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wilko family of businesses

To free ourselves up to focus on product and digital development, we’ve re-organised our business and created a wilko family of businesses.

The wilko family of businesses is made up of a number of operating businesses.

Wilkinson Hardware Stores Limited

our heritage name, it’s been with us since 1930 and we’re fond of it and our holding company that focuses us on our customers, makes sure we care for our team members, runs our brand and our strategy and provides key business services such as communications, IT, legal and finance to support the wilko family of businesses

wilko retail limited

our wilko stores and distribution centres

wilko property limited

manages our properties

wilko brand limited

develops our wilko brand products

wilko digital limited

wilko.com stays connected with customers and means you can shop wilko online

wilko worldwide Limited

finding the right manufacturing capability for our product

wilko brand protection limited

protects our brand

Board of wilkinson hardware stores limited

Lisa Wilkinson – non-executive family director

Lisa’s last name isn’t coincidental she’s one of our owning family. Lisa started out as a lawyer in Nottingham, Birmingham and London and joined wilko in 2004.

Lisa is the daughter of Tony Wilkinson, who led the second generation of the Wilkinson family.

Sean Toal – COO
(CEO, wilko retail limited, COO, wilko digital limited, non-executive director, wilko brands limited)

Sean joined wilko in July 2014 to take on the role of chief operating officer. Sean is a dedicated, results driven retailer with a long record of success and clear strategic thinking. Sean began his early career in food retailing with Somerfield in 1986. After 15 years at Somerfield, Sean moved to United Cooperatives as general manager – retail operations. In July 2007, United Cooperatives merged with the Cooperative Group and Sean was appointed director of food retail operations for the Cooperative Group and played a key role in the successful integration of the two Cooperative Societies. Sean was appointed commercial director in January 2010 and led the combined marketing and trading teams up to his appointment as acting chief executive officer in September 2011. In January 2012, Sean was promoted to the position of chief operating officer for food.

John Jackson – chair and non-executive director
(chair Wilkinson Hardware Stores Ltd, wilko brands limited and remuneration and nomination steering)

John was managing director of Bristol Myers Pharmaceuticals, CEO of Cheseborough Ponds, managing director of The Body Shop International PLC and Virgin Group board director responsible for Retail & Leisure. In 2007, John joined Jamie Oliver Group as group CEO. In 2014, John also became chairman of the Rick Stein Group. As well as his role at wilko he is also currently chairman of Game Digital PLC and non-executive director of Playtech PLC, with previous non-executive roles including Thorntons PLC, Luminar PLC and The Restaurant Group PLC. John is a Chartered Certified Accountant.

Robin Terrell – non-executive director
(chair, wilko digital limited and audit and risk steering)

Robin rejoined the board as a non-executive director in 2016 having previously left the position in 2013 to join Tesco PLC’s Executive Committee as Group Multi-channel Director. During his time at Tesco, Robin also served as interim UK Managing Director and was the Chief Customer Officer for the group. Since leaving his executive role at Tesco, Robin has built a portfolio of non-executive director roles, including William Hill PLC, Karen Millen Limited and Amara Living Limited. He is also chairman at Cocoon Life Limited and Catapult Ventures Limited. Earlier in his career, Robin joined Amazon in 1999 and was VP and Managing Director for the UK from 2001 to 2005. He then moved to figleaves.com as Chief Operating Officer. In 2008 he joined John Lewis Direct as Managing Director. He then joined House of Fraser as Executive Director, Multi-channel & International in 2010. Robin is a Chartered Accountant and chairs the audit and risk committee.

Dalton Phillips – non-executive director
(chair wilko retail limited)

Dalton joined as our third non-executive director to join in late 2016. Dalton is passionate about retail, and has spent much of his career in various roles across the globe. His desire for developing people, his belief in building brands (especially own brand ranges for customers) and his support for the wilko long term strategic vision will bring significant value to an already experienced board.  Dalton is the chief Executive of daa, the aviation management, travel retail and consultancy business. He is also the non-executive chairman of Ridgeons (the family owned builders’ merchants).