Debrett’s names most influential and inspiring British retailers in 500 People of Today

Debrett’s, the expert on the British aristocracy and publisher of the Peerage and People of Today, has announced the most influential and inspiring British retailers in its new ‘Debrett’s 500 People of Today’.

The Debrett’s 500 has been compiled by independent panels of specialists in each of the 25 sectors. The retailers category was chaired by Nick Bubb, retail analyst.


Lord Wolfson of Aspley Guise, CEO, Next; Justin King, CEO, J Sainsbury; Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman, John Lewis Partnership; Sir Ian Cheshire, CEO, Kingfisher; Sir Charles Dunstone, Chairman, Carphone Warehouse; Sir Philip Green, CEO, Arcadia; Nick Robertson, CEO, Asos; Mike Ashley, Founder and Deputy Chairman, Sports Direct; Terry Duddy, CEO, Home Retail; Paul Marchant, CEO, Primark; Sebastian James, CEO, Dixons; Hash Ladha, COO, Oasis Fashions; Tim Steiner, CEO, Ocado; Mark Price, Managing Director, Waitrose; Andy Street, Managing Director, John Lewis Department Stores; Kate Swann, CEO, SSP; Dalton Philips, CEO, Morrisons; Christopher North, Managing Director, Amazon; Laura Wade-Gery, Multi-Channel and E-Commerce Director, M&S; Chris Bush, Managing Director, Tesco UK.

Full biographies can be found at

The inaugural 500 also includes luminaries such as David Beckham and Mo Farah from the world of sport, Stephen Fry and Sir Elton John for their charity work, Pete Tong and Emily Eavis for their services to music, and fashionistas Katie Grand and Cara Delevigne.

Inspired by the Debrett’s 500 and the Debrett’s People of Today – and in response to the figures showing that the majority of graduates gaining first jobs also come from fee-paying schools – Debrett’s is also creating a Foundation. The purpose of the Foundation is to support, champion and inspire social mobility to ensure that the next generation of leaders, the ‘People ofTomorrow’ are from all walks of life and backgrounds.

Joanne Milner, chief executive at Debrett’s, said: “Debrett’s is delighted to launch, in association with the Sunday Times, the Debrett’s 500. A positive endorsement and recognition of Britain’s 500 most influential people. As we celebrate the achievements of the best of British, it is a fantastic opportunity to consider how we can inspire the next generation of leaders.

“Debrett’s is uniquely placed to help provide the ‘social capital’ needed by young people from less privileged backgrounds to ensure they have an equal opportunity to succeed. The Debrett’s Foundation will combine Debrett’s expertise on business etiquette training with access to Debrett’s influential networks, so that these young people benefit from expert coaching in skills such as interviewing and networking, together with access to a network that is able to facilitate internship and work experience opportunities.”

The Debrett’s 500 People of Today has been published in association with The Sunday Times. Eleanor Mills, editorial director at The Sunday Times, said: “The Sunday Times was keen to partner with Debrett’s on the list of Britain’s 500 Most Influential because of their commitment to using their brand with its connotations of privilege and the peerage to help boost social mobility and give those with less opportunity the chance to acquire mentors and the kind of soft skills necessary these days to get on. We welcome the launch of their new foundation and are delighted to run the list in The Sunday Times.”

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