Biography

Gareth Thomas photo portrait
Gareth Thomas

Gareth Thomas trained in law, and then began a 30-year commercial career with the John Lewis Partnership. Gareth’s time at John Lewis culminated in him serving as Retail Director with responsibility for property, design, operations, sales and profit at John Lewis shops, which shared a turnover of £3bn annually. Its longest-serving board member, he helped it to win every major industry award for retailing and customer service. Gareth retired from the Partnership in April 2010.

He worked in a Non-Executive capacity with the British Heart Foundation from 2003–6, and since 2006 has been a Trustee and Non-Executive Director of Save the Children (UK). His private passion is British Art from the second half of the 20th century, which dominates a collection he has built up over the last 25 years.

Appointment information

Appointed by: Prime Minister
Reappointment: 1 April 2014
Term expires: 31 March 2018

Other Membership:

  • Tate St Ives Advisory Council (Chair)
  • Tate Enterprises Ltd (Chair)
  • Freedom of Information Appeals Committee