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					IAIN SPENCE                                             Interim Director & Consultant


 Profile
Iain is an interim director & consultant, with a significant track record of shaping and delivering strategic
and high-profile projects for large retail and consumer-facing businesses. Iain's rare combination of
expertise covers:
     •   E-Commerce and multi-channel retail             •   Marketing, sales & service channels
     •   Business & technology strategy                  •   Supply chain and operations management
     •   Operational & business improvement              •   Finance & commercial management
     •   Change & programme management                   •   Start-up and new business development
     •   General management                              •   Business turnaround support

Iain's rare ability to bridge the gap between business and technology has enabled him to deliver innovative
yet pragmatic business transformations for Asda, WHSmith, Marks & Spencer, Lloyds Pharmacy, Freemans,
Grattan, MyTravel, E.ON Powergen, in addition to a number of smaller smaller organisations.

Iain’s wealth of client references describe him as second to none in the management of change, engaging
teams in action with his inimitable style – understated and empathetic yet with huge drive, rigour, tenacity
and gravitas.

Iain has held numerous PLC, divisional and non-executive directorships across a range of businesses and is a
qualified chartered accountant. His executive roles have ranged from Finance Director, through
commercial and business development roles to Information Technology management. Iain has also
operated as an interim on behalf of major consulting and outsourcing businesses providing senior leadership
and programme director support on their critical assignments. The common thread through all of these
diverse roles is Iain's passion for improvement, through organisational, process and technology change.


 Interim & Consulting Assignments                                                                2002 -
Freemans Grattan Holdings Ltd (Otto UK) – Turnaround Programme (2008-9)
   • Supported and advised Otto’s UK board on a major turnaround programme to stop £50m annual
     losses and a 30% pa decline in sales
   • Initially engaged to develop a new business & technology operating model to support the UK retail
     brands (Freemans, Grattan, Oli, Montage & Look Again)
   • Led cost reduction, organisational design and outsourcing activities across many functions of the
     business including IT, contact centres, ecommerce, print management and warehousing
   • Led the selection and design of a new ecommerce and ERP platform to replace legacy mainframe
     retail systems
   • Led the selection and design of a new end-to-end financial services systems and operational solution
     to support the separation of Otto’s financial business from its retail operations.

Lloyds Pharmacy Ltd – E-Commerce Mobilisation (2007)
   • Assisted Lloyds’ with its strategy & planning for the launch of its online channel
   • Implemented robust processes for managing the programme
   • Set up structure and team capable of success.

E.ON UK – B2B Head of Change (2007)
   • Developed a new multi-channel business strategy to grow profit whilst reducing debt
   • Built a 3 year delivery plan and capability to achieve the business’ transformation
   • Designed and implemented a business-wide restructure to support the delivery.




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Powergen PLC – Consumer Head of Change (2006)
  • Completed business review prior to joining the B2C Board to drive recommendations
  • Shaped a multi-channel strategy and change plan to drive 20% profit improvement
  • Delivered a programme improvements to the consumer proposition, new channels and business
    improvement projects
  • Net profit increased by £50m in the year.

NHS Shared Services - Business Change Director (2005)
  • Led a change programme to transform and roll-out a shared services operation for the NHS
  • Delivered a 3-fold increase in operating capacity and a 35% improvement in efficiency
  • Delivered process standardisation, off-shoring, centre restructures and systems change
  • Developed a 3 year business plan and supporting change plan.

E.ON UK – Integration Programme Recovery (2005)
   • Carried out a review and recovery of E.ON’s failing business integration programme
   • Led to significant changes and successful implementation.

Gratterpalm Group - Corporate Strategy Development (2005)
   • Assisted the Board of this retail-focused marketing agency with its new media strategy.

The Food Ferry Ltd – Business Turnaround & Merger (2005)
   • Developed and implemented a survival plan for the world’s oldest online grocery retailer
   • Rapid operational changes implemented immediately to prevent insolvency
   • Developed a corporate sale prospectus that led to a merger and subsequent survival.

Xansa PLC & MyTravel Group PLC - Transformation Director (2004/5)
   • Led Xansa's award winning financial transformation programme for MyTravel’s retail businesses
   • Built an offshore processing operation in India
   • Implemented document imaging, workflow, management information and call centre systems
   • Designed and managed the organisational and process change to support 80% offshore operations
   • Reduced operating costs by 50% and significantly improved financial control to assist turnaround
   • The programme won an industry award for best Business Process Outsourcing in 2005.

Savola Group - New Venture Development (2004-5)
   • Advised the Board of Saudi Arabia's largest food retailer on its financial services entry strategy
   • Led development workshops, market research development, financial modelling, project planning and
     venture partner selection to shape its launch of Sharia banking services

Audiences North East - Online Strategy & Planning (2004)
  • Developed strategy and plans for an online portal and e-ticketing solution for the cultural sector
  • Prepared a solution architecture, tender and supplier evaluation process.

WHSmith Direct - Chief Operating Officer (2003)
  • Led WHSmith's online business from stand-alone dot.com to multi-channel retailer
  • Full P&L accountability for the former pure-play online business with team of 200+ across buying,
    marketing, contact centre, web, warehouse, IT and finance functions
  • Significant change to the consumer proposition, supply chain and team capability
  • Achieved a significant reduction in stock holding (60%+) and product delivery lead time (6-2 days)
  • Increased sales by 100% increase in total sales and doubled operating profit margin %.




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IBM/SGA Inc - Sales Training & Coaching (2003-6)
   • Coached IBM’s account managers on developing CXO relationships as part of their sales training.

Marks & Spencer - Online Content Management (2003)
  • Created and agreed strategy for integrated online content management processes and systems
  • Developed plan to remove product volume bottlenecks allowing 100% increase in product range
  • Enabled reduction in content maintenance costs of 20%.

Asda - Customer Data Management (2002)
   • Delivered a CRM and data strategy across stores, e-commerce and financial services
   • Programme to ensure single view of the customer agreed by the Board and commenced.

Asda - Financial Services Launch (2002)
   • Set up a cross-partner programme to launch Asda's new financial services business
   • Plans developed, management controls implemented and implementation team mobilised.

Eureka! The Museum for Children – Non-Exec Director (2002-5)
   • Non-executive director of the premier UK educational children's attraction and museum
   • Chaired the Trading Board and member of main Board of Trustees
   • Led the re-development of Eureka's online experience.

 Permanent Roles                                                                  1986 - 2002
Asda Wal-Mart: Director of New Channels and Chief Technology Officer (2000-2)
   • Led the development of new channels including Asda.com, Sky interactive TV and call centre
   • Designed & implemented a new a fulfilment operation from stores to allow closure of 2 depots
   • Added over £20m pa to sales and turned a major annual loss into a profit in just 18 months.

Asda Wal-Mart: Integration Director (1999/2000)
   • Led the integration of all finance and back office operations following Wal-Mart acquisition
   • Replaced almost every core system in the business 130,000 colleagues.

Asda Group: Director of Internal Audit and Loss Prevention (1998/9)
   • Saved £1m pa by in-sourcing the internal audit team
   • Saved £2m restructuring the loss prevention team and reduced shrinkage by over £20m pa.

Asda Group: Financial Controller (1997)
   • Introduced workflow and document imaging, invoice matching and OLAP planning and forecasting
   • Implemented major restructuring, improving efficiency by 35% in 12 months.

Asda Group: General Manager – Retail Banking (1996)
   • Led the strategic development of a £50m profit joint venture retail banking organisation
   • Led all aspects from strategy, product, marketing, financial, commercial, IT & partner management.

Asda Group: Commercial Manager – Loyalty (1995/6)
   • Saved £80m withdrawing loyalty programme following strategic, commercial and financial review.

Burwood House Group PLC: Director (1995)
   • Refinanced this £400m property JV with British Aerospace and disposed of £100m of assets



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    • Integrated the operation with Asda and closed the London office.

Asda Group: Treasury Manager (1994/5)
   • Re-engineered processes and implemented bank rec systems reducing headcount by 50%
   • Renegotiated banking, credit card and cash transit contracts saving £5m pa.

Asda Group: Technology Strategy Manager (1994)
   • Implemented a full project management methodology still used by all IT managers in Asda
   • Led the feasibility and early designs for sales based replenishment and item accounting systems.

Asda Group: IT Development Manager (1993)
   • Implemented cash handling and store accounting systems in all stores saving £6m pa in wage costs.

Asda Group: Commercial Investigations Manager (1992)
   • Set up business improvement team as part of Asda’s turnaround plan
   • Identified opportunities & initiated projects to increase profit by over £20m pa.

Ernst & Young: Insolvency & Recovery Services (1990-2)
   • Managed a large number of receiverships and liquidations in most sectors
   • Led 2 major property disposal programmes worth over £150m
   • Significant corporate recovery, litigation and business disposal experience.

Ernst & Young: Audit Group (1988/9)
   • Qualified as a Chartered Accountant
   • Supervised audits, investigations, acquisition & merger support.

Ford Motor Company: Trainee Analyst (1986-8)
   • Trained as business and systems analyst and programmer, specialising in financial systems
   • Designed vehicle costing module for finance systems and implemented it in Ford (Sweden).

 Education & Qualifications
2001:   FCA – Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

1991:   ACA – Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

1988:   BSc - Computer Science and Accounting (2:1), University of Manchester.


 Personal
Married with 6 children, based in Yorkshire. Enjoys squash, golf, cycling, camping, hill walking, swimming
and playing the drums.




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  References
Multiple written references, case studies and press articles are available at www.RetailChange.com, verbal
references on request. A brief sample from Iain’s written references are shown below:

Tony DeNunzio!                           Bob Broadbridge                               Louis Hall
President & CEO                          Director                                      Client Director
Asda!                                    WH Smith!                                     Xansa!
Iain demonstrated excellent strategic    In the 9 months Iain spent with us, we        Iain consistently demonstrated a rare blend
thinking, rigorous planning and first    delivered some of the most notable            of programme management skills,
rate leadership skills in implementing   achievements in the online business’ 7        influential communication, hands-on
our strategic plans… the skills and      year history… The result of this              leadership, pragmatic solution building and
qualities that lain has provided to      activity has been improved operating          deep expertise in the financial &
Asda will provide big returns to other   profits and a clear direction for future      accounting arena… We will certainly be
businesses                               growth, a result of which Iain can be         engaging Iain on future complex change
                                         proud.                                        programmes.

Graham Robson                            Peter Haigh                                   Andy Roe
Managing Director                        Director                                      Chief Operating Officer
NHS Shared Business Services!            E.ON Powergen!                                Otto UK / Freemans Grattan Holdings!
His change management skills, which      His style is a healthy balance of             Iain has the ability to operate at a strategic
I rate as second to none, were called    intelligent challenge and collegiate          level but also "deep dive" to a significant
upon as he reshaped the existing         participation which has ensured               level of detail. He has a hands on
change programme to deliver the new      engagement and buy-in for the changes         approach, is pragmatic and delivery
operating model, installed rigorous      we’ve made…. Iain helped us to obtain         focused. A very good mix of business
programme management disciplines         complete clarity on our business              understanding and IT knowledge.
and built the team to manage the         strategy, fully align and support it with a
change... His leadership style has       strategic delivery plan… Iain and his
ensured buy-in for the change            team have added significant value to
programme from all areas of the          our business.
business, which is essential for a
programme of this significance.




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