Mike Thompson

Trustee, Mike Thompson

I am a very experienced retailer with over 30 years experience in the sector and I have held several senior positions at senior Director level mainly in the Luxury Fashion sector. I have experience of International retailing and have dealt with all of the major Department store groups across Europe, including Galeries Lafayette Paris, Kaufhof Germany, Harrods and Selfridges. I have also worked in Franchising in the food and beverage industry and more recently for Not for Profit organisations in Hertfordshire including Hertfordshire Independent Living Service and the Garden House Hospice. I have successfully run my own retail consultancy business for the last 5 years focussing on SME businesses helping them develop their ecommerce operations and all aspects of Retail Operations. I have extensive knowledge of  P&L responsibilities and how to manage business finances to maximise profitability, whilst growing sales and controlling costs by getting the best value from resources. I also have very good knowledge of the Retail Property market including facilities management and health and safety.

I have lived in North Hertfordshire for over 20 years and having a disabled member of the Family makes me fully appreciate the challenges facing people who live with a disability and their carers. I believe more can be done to support people in our community who are less able and their carers, as this is a growing challenge with an ageing population for all of us.

I am a keen cyclist and walker. I also am a member of a local Camera club and I work as a volunteer with the Country management service as I feel more should be done to protect our green spaces. I am also a supporter of non league Football and can be found at Top Field in Hitchin whenever there is a home game. I enjoy visiting the local comedy club and having family spread all over the UK and overseas, keeping in touch with them keeps me very busy.

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