Board of Directors
Lord Grade of Yarmouth
Lord Grade joined the Board as Chairman in 2006. He has had a long and distinguished career in broadcasting, encompassing ITV, BBC and 9 years as Chief Executive of Channel 4 Television. He is currently non-executive chairman of Pinewood and Shepperton Film Studios. In November 2010 a Peerage of the United Kingdom for Life was conferred upon Michael.
David joined the Board in March 2010. He is chairman of the Nomination Committee and the Board's designated Senior Independent Director. He was Chief Financial Officer of Reuters Group PLC until May 2008. Prior to joining Reuters in 2000, he was group finance director of Emap PLC and chairman of Emap Digital. His current non-executive directorships include Standard Life PLC (which he joined in October 2009) and he is chairman of Creston PLC. Until March 2010 he was a non-executive director of Carphone Warehouse PLC.
Chief Executive Officer
Tim is a founding Director. As well as having general oversight of the business, the IT, logistics and engineering, warehouse, operations, business planning and retail divisions of Ocado report directly to him. Prior to Ocado, Tim spent eight years as a banker at Goldman Sachs. During his time there, he was based in London, Hong Kong and New York in the Fixed Income division. Tim graduated from Manchester University with an honours degree in economics, finance and accountancy in 1992.
Director of Legal and Business Affairs
Neill has been a Director since September 2000, having previously advised Ocado since its founding. He is responsible for Ocado's business support, including legal, insurance, risk management, and service delivery divisions. Prior to Ocado, Neill was a barrister in practice at One Essex Court and an executive director and counsel at Goldman Sachs in London. Neill graduated from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge with a masters degree in law in 1989, having previously obtained BA and LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He is also admitted as a member of the New York Bar and as a South African Advocate.
Chief Financial Officer
Andrew joined the Ocado Board as Chief Financial Officer in November 2009, having previously advised Ocado since its commencement. Previously he had an 18-year career in investment banking; at Jefferies International, at Barclays Capital as Managing Director of Principal Investments where he undertook a number of consumer and retail investments, including Somerfield, as Managing Director in Investment Banking at Credit Suisse and at UBS. He studied history of architecture at Magdalene College, Cambridge, having previously obtained a BA from the University of East Anglia.
Director of People, Culture and Communications
Jason is a founding Director. He has board responsibility for Ocado's people, culture and communications. He leads customer and employee engagement, working on internal and external communication including marketing, brand and people motivation, retention and development. In addition, Jason leads Ocado's green initiatives and some operational aspects of the business such as service delivery and product range. He was previously chief financial officer. Prior to Ocado, Jason spent eight years as a banker at Goldman Sachs. He graduated from Worcester College, Oxford with an honours degree in jurisprudence in 1992.
Ruth joined the Board in March 2010. She is chairman of the Audit Committee. Until April 2009 she was a Vice-Chairman of KPMG in the UK. She joined KPMG in 1976 and became a partner in 1989. She has worked extensively as an adviser with UK and international businesses and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. Ruth is a non-executive director of The Royal Parks, an executive agency of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
Robert joined the Board in 2000, as the Logistics Director. In May 2006 he became a Non-Executive Director. Prior to Ocado, he was Group Director of Information Technology at Transport Development Group PLC where he spent 10 years establishing its e-business. Prior to that he spent 10 years in North America with the logistics service business Christian Salvesen PLC, where he reached the position of Director of Business Development. Robert graduated from Corpus Christi College, Oxford with an honours degree in modern history and economics.
Jörn joined the Board in 2003 with the initial investment by Apple Trust (of which he is a beneficiary) in Ocado. He is a non-executive member of the Tetra Laval Group board, and a member of the boards of Alfa Laval AB and DeLaval Holdings AB. Jörn is also Tetra Laval Group's Head of Mergers and Acquisitions. He holds a degree in business administration from Lund University, Sweden.
David Young CBE
David joined the Board in 2000 with the initial investment in Ocado by John Lewis. He is the chairman of the Remuneration Committee. He retired from John Lewis in 2002 where he was deputy chairman. David previously worked for the Ministry of Defence between 1963 and 1982 with a secondment to the Cabinet Office from 1975 to 1977. David joined John Lewis in February 1982, where he became finance director and a member of the board in 1987 and was appointed deputy chairman in February 1993. David served as an independent member of the steering board of Companies House from 1988 to 1993. He was treasurer of the Open University from 1997 until 2001, and a member of its council from 1996 until 2001. He was a trustee of the Royal Air Force Museum from 1999 until 2005, a trustee of the Textile Industry Children's Trust from 2000 to 2008 and a member of the advisory panel of Greenwich Hospital from 2002 to 2007. David was the chairman of the Higher Education Funding Council for England from 2001 to 2007. He is currently the treasurer of Sheffield University and a member of its council and was the honorary treasurer of the Soil Association from 2004 to 2010.
Ruth Anderson (Chairman)
David Young (Chairman)
David Grigson (Chairman)