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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 Ltd

our wilko stores and distribution centres

wilko property limited

manages our properties

Wilko.com Ltd

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 – family director

Lisa is the daughter of Tony Wilkinson, who led the second generation of the Wilkinson family. Lisa started out as a lawyer in Nottingham, Birmingham and London and joined wilko in 2004.

Lisa is responsible for the operation of the wilko retail business as well as wilko.com. Lisa is also accountable for HR across the family of businesses.

Karen Mackay – chief financial officer

Karen joined wilko in September 2020. Karen is an accomplished business leader with 20 years’ experience including senior roles at Nelsons and family-run business Specsavers International. She joins us from eye healthcare specialist Optegra International where she has been Group Chief Financial Officer for the last five years.

Alongside Lisa and Jerome, Karen will lead the development and delivery of our strategic growth plan and will use her strategic change experience to ensure seamless commercial execution across the wilko family of businesses. She’ll be accountable for wilkos Finance, IT, Corporate Services, Health & Safety and Loss Prevention functions.

Karen is wilkos first permanent female CFO and the first permanent female holding board director from outside of the Wilkinson family.

Jerome Saint-Marc - chief executive officer

Jerome is a high performing and widely respected asset of our leadership team and was quickly promoted to Group Transformation Director in 2019. Since then, Jerome has played a key role in both the development and delivery of our long-term strategy and business change as Group Transformation Director.

Jerome was appointed as CEO from January 2020. Jerome delivers the day to day leadership, energy and alignment around wilko’s strategic repositioning to reinvent the company’s customer proposition to take on a stronger product-focussed orientation delivered to customers through omnichannel retailing.

Jerome is a highly experienced commercially focused leader. Previous, to joining wilko Jerome was Senior Principal at The Boston Consulting Group, Group Transformation Director at Morrisons and International supply chain development Director at Tesco Plc.

Chris Martin – non-executive director of holding board
  • Chair of audit and risk committee

Chris’ most recent role prior to joining wilko is Chief Executive of Musgrave Group. He joined the Musgrave Main Board in 2003. Under Chris’ direction, the business focused strongly on partnering with entrepreneurial retailers and innovative food suppliers to develop the retail, wholesale, and foodservice business. Musgrave operates many market leading brands across the island of Ireland and Spain.

Prior to joining Musgrave, Chris had developed a strong and lengthy career in retail and leisure including CEO of Mothercare plc, Group Finance Director of Storehouse plc and various roles in ASDA and Pizza Hut.

Dalton Phillips – non-executive director of holding board
  • Chair Wilko Ltd

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).