Barton joins from Asda Supermarkets, where she was initially senior director looking after people and customer service for Asda Supermarkets and then senior director of organisational effectiveness – leading the people change agenda.
Barton has previously worked for Tesco as HR director for One Stop Convenience Stores. In this role she was responsible for leading the people agenda across head office, supply chain and over 700 convenience stores. Barton’s accountabilities at Tesco included being part of the board team defining and implementing business strategy and plans.
Her main areas of focus at Well will be on supporting the business to successfully separate from the Co-operative.The business recently re branded as ‘Well’ from The Co-operative Pharmacy as part of the £200 million investment programme following the acquisition by Bestway Group in 2014.
Barton will be tasked to make sure the HR function is setup to support an independent pharmacy business as well as deliver the business plans. As part of the investment plan, Well is also developing the role of the pharmacy team through recruitment and training to support the healthcare needs of the local communities they serve.
Bartonc said: “It’s a really exciting time to join Well, we have a great business plan that will help us continue to build on our success and deliver the great customer care that we are known for in our communities. I’m delighted to have been appointed, and looking forward to getting started.”
John Nuttall, chief executive officer at Well added: “I am thrilled to welcome Tracy to Well. Tracy has brought a wealth of expertise at a key time – launching our new brand; she is a great addition to the leadership team.”