Sir Charles Mayfield
Sir Charles Mayfield became the Partnership's fifth chairman in March 2007 after beginning his career as an officer in the army.
In 1992, Sir Charles joined SmithKline Beecham and became marketing manager for the Lucozade brand, before moving to McKinsey & Co in 1996, where he worked with consumer and retail organisations. Sir Charles became head of business development, responsible for business strategy and development for both John Lewis and Waitrose Partnership in 2000, later sitting on the Board as development director in 2001, in charge of developing the Partnership's online strategy.
Sir Charles became managing director of John Lewis in January 2005 prior to taking up his appointment as chairman of the Partnership in March 2007. Sir Charles is chair of the productivity leadership group and is the president of the Employee Ownership Association. He's also a Trustee of Place2Be and a director of FabIndia, non-executive chairman of QA and a Trustee of the British Museum.
He received a knighthood in June 2013 for services to business.