Sir Stuart Hampson

Sir Stuart Hampson

  • Former Chairman, John Lewis Partnership
  • Retail & Customer Service Speaker
  • Business Keynote Speaker

One of the longest serving and most successful leaders of a blue-chip company and a highly regarded businessman, Sir Stuart Hampson was chairman of the John Lewis Partnership for 14 years and is a business keynote speaker of the highest calibre.

Sir Stuart joined the John Lewis partnership in 1982 following a twelve-year career in the Civil Service. Four years later he was appointed to their Central Board as Director of Research and Expansion. He became the fourth Chairman of the Partnership in 1993.

During those 14 years at the helm of JLP Sir Stuart presided over a courageous programme of modernisation, and all without sacrificing the partnership ethos and principles that were embodied in its 1929 constitution co-ownership and the happiness of its staff. His 14 years as chairman saw steady expansion, the refurbishment of the Oxford Street and Sloane Square department stores, the extension of trading hours, the expansion of the product range and the establishment of an online presence through John Lewis Direct and Ocado, the home-delivery grocery service.

The partnership's 2006 results, just before Stuart left, are a testament to his efforts. Pre-tax profits hit a new high of £319m, up 27 per cent on the previous year.

Sir Stuart Hampson is Chairman of The Crown Estate which manages a portfolio of over £6 billion, including over 400 commercial properties in London and elsewhere, almost 146,000 hectares of agricultural land, forests, residential and commercial property in England, Scotland and Wales, over half of the UK's foreshore, together with the seabed out to the 12-nautical-mile territorial limit

Sir Stuart is one of the Prince of Wales's Ambassadors in the area of tackling Economic Renewal in deprived communities.

He has also been a member of the Corporate Leaders Group lobbying the government on climate change.

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