AF Blakemore Appoints Nicola McIntosh as New Chief People Officer

A.F. Blakemore has announced the appointment of Nicola McIntosh as its new chief people officer.

McIntosh previously served as executive board director of people and organisational development at Rotherham, Doncaster, and South Humber NHS Trust.

In this role, she led a team of 120 and played a ”key role” in navigating the Trust’s workforce through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Carol Welch, chief executive at A.F. Blakemore, explained the company’s commitment to customers and colleagues and expressed their excitement to welcome McIntosh to the team: “Nicola brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success in leading and developing high-performing teams, particularly during challenging times.

“Nicola’s deep understanding of the complexities of people and leadership, coupled with her passion for creating high performing teams in inclusive work environments, perfectly aligns with our values at A.F. Blakemore, her expertise will be invaluable as we continue to foster a culture that empowers our colleagues and drives long-term success for our organisation. We are excited to welcome her to A.F. Blakemore and wish her all the best in her new role.”

Commenting on her new role, McIntosh said: “I’ve loved my time at the NHS but I’m delighted to move back into retail where my experience and knowledge of championing performance can be used across all functions and disciplines. I thrive in organisations where the culture prioritises their people and it was clear that A.F. Blakemore, whilst employing a workforce of over 7,000 people, still retained the family values that are at the heart of its DNA.”