The British Retail Consortium has announced that Richard Baker will take the reins as chair of the retail industry’s trade association this autumn.

Baker, already on the BRC Board, will start his term of office as chair on September 1 when Sir Charlie Mayfield stands down after a two-year term.

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He is the current chairman of DFS, a longstanding member of the BRC, and Whitbread, the owner of Costa, which is also a member.

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Commenting on his new role, Baker said: “I am very much looking forward to working with the BRC members and to chairing the BRC as its role becomes more vital than ever before. The BRC has a strong track record of championing the needs of British retailers – small, medium and large. A backdrop of unprecedented transformation in the industry and many external uncertainties provides a real opportunity to influence the future”.

BRC CEO Helen Dickinson said: “Richard’s CV speaks for itself. His wealth and breadth of experience will be critical as we take the BRC forward through a period of profound political and economic change. At the same time, we owe a very large debt of gratitude to Charlie for his guidance, insight and support as our chair, during which time the BRC has undergone yet further transformation. We are especially grateful for Charlie’s support for the retail industry’s pay, progression and productivity work which has put the changing retail workplace landscape on the economic and political map”.