Our Board

Embracing change and new ideas, our board is a combination of the third generation of Wilkinson family, together with first class business people

Lisa Wilkinson

Director

Lisa, granddaughter of the founder of Wilkinson; JK Wilkinson, became a Family Non Executive Director of Wilkinson in February 2004. She too takes the view that her role is to represent and maintain the values of the family owners in the Boardroom.

Lisa started her working life in the legal profession as a solicitor in private practice, a career she enjoyed for over 10 years. Graduating from Leeds University in English and History (joint hons) and then converting to law at Leicester Polytechnic she joined Eversheds in Nottingham before moving to Edge Ellison (now part of Hammonds Suddards Edge) in Birmingham and latterly working at DLA (now DLA Piper) in London. Throughout her legal career, Lisa specialised in Discrimination and Employment Law, instructed predominantly by large corporate commercial clients.

Whilst a practising solicitor, Lisa actively took an interest in the Wilkinson business including taking up the role as trustee to the company pension scheme and in 2004, she chose to end her formal legal career to take up the post of a Director of Wilko.

Wilko is in its third generation of family ownership having transitioned from the second generation in 2004.

Lisa is the daughter of Tony Wilkinson who led the second generation of the Wilkinson family. She too hopes that the fourth generation will continue the legacy of Wilkinson family ownership and feels the same passion for this privately owned business.

Sean Toal

Chief Operating Officer

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’s main focus is developing key operational areas including retail, distribution and buying as we continue to drive the business forward.

Sean began his early career in food retailing with Somerfield in 1986. After 15 years at Somerfield, Sean moved to United Co-operatives as General Manager - Retail Operations. In July 2007, United Co-operatives merged with the Co-operative Group and Sean was appointed Director of Food Retail Operations for the Co-operative Group and played a key role in the successful integration of the two Co-operative Societies. Sean also led the operational integration of Somerfield following the acquisition in March 2009.

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.

Aidan Connolly

Chief Financial Officer

Aidan Connolly joined the business as Wilkos Chief Financial Officer in October 2015. Aidan joined Wilkos from Worldpay, which is the UK’s leading card acquirer and the fifth largest global payment services business. Aidan sits alongside Lisa and Sean on the Board and will focus on driving a positive and sustainable future for our customers.

Aidan’s extensive career has seen him as both Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive for a number of public and private companies in the UK, Europe and the USA. Aidan’s wide-ranging experience includes several spells in consumer goods and retail: from businesses making, selling and fitting window blinds (as the UK’s third largest blinds retailer); to selling high-end wallpaper and fabrics via some of the UK’s top luxury brands; to creating and selling 6 million holidays a year, mostly through the 700+ stores in MyTravel’s high street travel agency. He has worked to make online sales quicker, safer and more enjoyable at several of his previous companies.

Aidan originally trained as a chartered accountant and holds a law degree, specialising in tax in his early career. Aidan has been married to Pip for more than 27 years and has two boys – Adam and Jake. They live in Beaconsfield and have two spaniels. Aidan is an avid reader; collects (and drinks!) fine wine and loves to travel.