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BRC Directors

Please find below details of the BRC's Directors.

Helen Dickinson
Director General


Helen leads the BRC team and is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of the BRC. She brings a wealth of experience working with retailers across the sector for over 15 years. Helen took her role at the BRC on 1 January 2013 and is very privileged to have the opportunity of helping to shape the future of the retail industry, working our members and stakeholders.

Helen was previously Head of Retail at KPMG, where her career spanned over 20 years with the firm. Until October 2012, she had overall responsibility for leading and developing KPMG's retail practice in the UK. Over the years, Helen has worked with retailers across all sectors and led the relationships and the audits for many clients since becoming a partner in 2002.

Helen is a co-founder and was, until she left KPMG, a member of the KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank where she chaired its quarterly meetings driving outputs on the key issues influencing the future of retailing as well as assessing the state of health of the sector on a quarterly basis. She also regularly commented in the media on sector issues and trends.

Helen is also currently Chairman for Working Chance, which is a charity with a fresh approach to helping women offenders find rewarding, quality employment. Helen is also a Judge of Third Sector Business Charity Awards.

Andrew Opie
Director of Food & Sustainability


Andrew heads up the food and sustainability policy team which covers a wide range of regulatory and policy issues. Key issues are food legislation, food safety, the role of supermarkets, sustainable sourcing and production, climate change, waste, ethical labour and trade issues. He and his team are extremely active in London and Brussels, liaising with key Government departments and agencies, including FSA, Defra, Department of Health and the European Commission.

Andrew has been at the BRC since 2005 and previously was Head of Policy Services at the National Farmers' Union. He is also a qualified chartered surveyor.

Tel: 020 7854 8930

Tom Ironside
Director of Business & Regulation


Tom leads the Business & Regulation team which covers a broad range of business cost and reputational issues including property, planning, regeneration, energy, transport, tax, business rates, crime, employment, diversity and risk and safety. The team works with retailers across the whole spectrum of membership to lobby government for improvements in the legislative and regulatory environments and in public service delivery.

Tom has been at the BRC since 2008. He has extensive previous experience in a range of different public sector policy roles, including in the postal sector in the years following market liberalisation. Tom began his career at the Local Government Commission leading reviews of local authorities' structure and electoral arrangements.

Tel: 020 7854 8955

Amanda Callaghan
Director of Corporate Affairs


Amanda's role is to devise and implement the BRC's corporate affairs strategy.

Amanda has considerable experience of leading public affairs and communications activity in membership organisations. Most recently she was Director of Corporate Affairs at The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI). Prior to that, Amanda spent nine years at the Royal College of Nursing as Director of Communications, and led the Nursing Counts campaign to influence policy outcomes at the 2010 general election. She started her career working on the birth control campaign and as Public Affairs Manager for the British Pregnancy Advisory Service.

Tel: 020 7854 8941

Paul Davies
Finance Director


Paul is responsible for the Finance, Business Information and Marketing teams.

Paul has a wealth of experience in senior financial and operational roles spanning the retail, financial services and public sectors.

Tel: 020 7854 8912



Helen Marks
HR Director


Helen brings a dedicated people focus to the BRC leadership team.

Helen has a strong HR background, with experience gained primarily in the financial services sector in roles encompassing responsibility for HR, L&D and Internal Communications.

Tel: 020 7854 8900

Mark Proctor
CEO, BRC Trading Limited


Mark is responsibile for building on the strong position of the BRC Global Standards -both in the UK and internationally - by seeking and utilising growth opportunities from new markets and from developing the Global Standards themselves, and associated services.

Mark's understanding and experience of working with European and US retailers and manufacturers will be particularly valuable. And, as a member of the BRC Leadership Team, he will support the vital part the retail sector and its supply chains play in promoting consumer confidence and safety.

Tel: 020 7854 8958

Tessa Kelly
Commercial Director, BRC Trading Limited


Tessa is responsible for business planning and development, financial management, development of new publication, information and training products, BRC technical standards, BRC events, seminars and conferences.

Tel: 020 7854 8981



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