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January 2, 2013

Helen Dickinson,
Director General, BRC
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is welcoming its new Director General Helen Dickinson, who takes office formally on 1 January 2013.

Helen has over 20 years' experience at KPMG as UK Head of Retail and Audit and Relationship Partner for many retail businesses. She takes over from Stephen Robertson, who left the BRC in December after five years as Director General.

Helen is a highly regarded media commentator on developments in the industry. She is a founder member and Chair of the KPMG/Ipsos Retail Think Tank which meets quarterly to assess the state of health of the sector through the Retail Health Index and to consider issues which are of relevance and interest to retailers through regular white papers.

BRC Chairman Ian Cheshire said: "We are delighted to welcome Helen on board. She brings extensive experience and understanding of the retail sector to the role, which will help us to support members through these challenging times.

"On behalf of all the BRC's members, we would also like to thank Stephen Robertson for leading the BRC so successfully over the last five years."

Helen Dickinson said: "I am excited and hugely honoured to be leading the BRC into 2013 and beyond. The BRC plays a vital role in supporting retailers to develop their businesses and championing the important contribution the industry makes to the UK economy as well as to the lives of all of us as consumers. We're on the cusp of what is likely to be another challenging year for customers and retailers alike, which makes it more crucial than ever that we can provide voice and leadership to the industry. I look forward to working with our members, Ian and the BRC team."

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