The Original Factory Shop announces changes to leadership team


The Original Factory Shop announces changes to its leadership team with the appointment of new executive chairman Matt Williams.

Matt Williams has both a real understanding of The Original Factory Shop business, having been on the board at The Original Factory Shop as a Non-Executive Director for six years, and also brings a wealth of retail experience from previous roles at Topps Tiles, where he joined in 1999 as property director, before becoming COO in 2004 and then CEO in 2007.

At Topps Tiles, Matt Williams led the business strategy to firmly establish Topps Tiles as the number one tile specialist in the UK and digitally transform the business into an omni-channel retailer through a relentless focus on customer service and design led product development.

Reporting into Williams will be Phil Briggs – who has been appointed as managing director following his previous position as chief merchandising Officer at The Original Factory Shop – and chief financial officer Ian Williams who will take on enhanced responsibilities. Briggs and Ian Williams will jointly take on operational control of the business on a day to day basis, following the announcement that Emma Fox has stepped down as chief executive officer after three years with The Original Factory Shop, for a new CEO position which she will take up in August, and Alistair McGeorge has stepped down as chairman after four years with the business.

Williams comments: “I am excited to be taking on the role of executive chairman at such a pivotal time in the businesses strategy. Having formerly been on the board as a non-executive director, I believe the business is well placed to cement a unique position in the value retail sector and has strong growth potential. I am looking forward to working with the team in a wider capacity and would like to congratulate Phil and Ian on their new roles and enhanced responsibilities.

“Since re-opening The Original Factory Shop stores we have recommenced rental payments to all landlords and have been encouraged by the initial sales performance. We look forward to continuing to bring many more branded bargains to our local communities.”