James Timpson

James Timpson is Chief Executive of Timpson, the UK’s leading retail service provider and a family retail business, established in 1865 and based in Manchester. The business trades from 1,725 shops across country, comprising of 920 Timpson outlets and a mix of Max Spielmann and Snappy Snaps photo shops (also including the Johnsons the Cleaners and Jeeves of Belgravia businesses). Away from Timpson, James is Chair of the Prison Reform Trust and was, until 2016, Chair of the Employers Forum for Reducing Re-offending (EFFRR), a group of likeminded employers who offer a second chance to people with a criminal conviction.

His passion and enthusiasm for business, people, his team and the wider community was recognised in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, where he was awarded an OBE for ‘Services to Training and Employment for Disadvantaged People’. The following year, he was appointed the David Goldman Visiting Professor of Innovation for 2012-13, at the Newcastle University Business School, helping to inspire and motivate budding entrepreneurs, business leaders and students alike.

James was appointed the HRH Prince of Wales Ambassador for responsible business in the North West in 2015. In the same year, he received the Albert Medal from the Royal Society of Arts. He appeared in the Sunday Times 500 Most Influential list in 2016, acknowledging his recruitment of ex-offenders.

Appointment information

  • Appointed by: Prime Minister
  • Appointment: 1 March 2017
  • Term expires: 28 February 2025 (Reappointed March 2021)

Other Membership

  • Tate Liverpool Advisory Council (Chair)
  • Tate Enterprises Board (Chair)