Chief Executive at Greggs
During 35 years working in retail and leisure, Roger Whiteside has seen it all.
He began his career at Marks & Spencer where he spent 20 years, ultimately
becoming head of its food business during its golden period including the launch of
the Simply Food concept.
Taking a leap of faith, he joined the founding team at Ocado in 2000, where he spent
the next four years helping to lead the team that established the innovative online
grocer in partnership with John Lewis and Waitrose.
His next challenge saw the successful turnaround of the off-licence chain Thresher
Group for Guy Hands Terra Firma before joining Punch Taverns, emerging from the
demerger of that business as CEO to guide them through a difficult period which
included a transformational new direction and refinancing.
Joining the board of Greggs as NED in 2008, Roger was appointed CEO in 2013 at a
low point for the business suffering from the effects of recession and new
competition. Six years on, he has led a historic shift in strategy that has delivered record sales and profits. In 2019, Roger was awarded the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE), in recognition of his services to women and equality.
Roger is one of the Council’s Retail sector leads.