Our People

The John Lewis Foundation is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. It is governed by a Board of Trustees, who have established a sub-committee to oversee UK charitable giving.

Sean Allam - Director, Commercial Operations - Chair of Trustees

Sean joined the John Lewis Partnership in January 2008 and is responsible for the John Lewis sourcing and supply base, Business-to-Business Sales, International, Product Technology and the 'Services' John Lewis provides to its customers. This responsibility covers commercial, technical and ethical aspects of sourcing as well as operating John Lewis' own manufacturing operations. Sean became Chairman of the John Lewis Foundation in 2014. Prior to joining John Lewis Sean undertook a number of commercial customer facing roles in Centrica and Mars having extensive experience across the retail and service industries.


Dino Rocos - Operations Director

Dino Rocos joined the John Lewis Partnership forty one years ago spending his first ten years in the selling environment and two years in Production before moving into the Supply Chain.

As Operations Director and member of the John Lewis Management Board, Dino Rocos has overall responsibility for the John Lewis primary and secondary Supply Chain including in house and third party National Distribution Centres, national and international E-fulfilment, in house and third party home delivery and Customer Contact Centres. Additionally he holds responsibility for defining the strategic direction of Supply Chain in response to the continuing development of the broader retail proposition and changing expectations of the new omni channel retail customer.

In 2017 following a Management Board restructure, in addition to his responsibility for the end to end Supply Chain, Dino is now also charged with the responsibility for the John Lewis Retail shop estate comprising 47 branches: 29 Full Line Department Stores, 13 At Home Stores, 3 Flexible Format Stores and 2 Travel Format stores.

Dino Rocos is also a member of The John Lewis Foundation Board. The Foundation was established in 2007 to support charitable projects in communities where John Lewis products are produced.

Maggie Porteous - Director, Selling Operations

Maggie has worked for the Partnership for 27 years and during her career, she has worked in more than ten John Lewis shops across the country, culminating in managing the shops at Cheadle and the Trafford Centre. Maggie moved to John Lewis Head Office in 2010 as Head of Selling Operations, New Format, overseeing the rollout of the ‘at home’ stores. In 2013, Maggie became Director of North and New Format and in 2016 took up her current role as Director, Shop Trade. Maggie became a Trustee in 2015 and chairs the UK sub-committee responsible for overseeing the distribution to good causes of the money raised through the UK carrier-bag charge.


Sarah Gillard - Director, Insight and Assurance

Sarah Gillard joined the John Lewis Partnership in 2010, following a number of years working in fashion buying and merchandising for major high street retailers. She ,was the Head of Merchandising for John Lewis Furniture for 4 years, moving to the Head of Strategy role in 2015. In 2017, Sarah was appointed Director, Insight and Assurance within the Personnel function, and is now responsible for co-ordinating Personnel strategy and for providing thought leadership and assurance on the development and sustainability of the Partnership model. Sarah became a Trustee in 2017

Jonathan Lingham - External Trustee

After university, Jonathan joined the Fast Stream of the Civil Service, and was assigned to the Department for International Development.  There he held a number of senior policy and management posts both in London and overseas.  He has also had secondments to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and to the Department for International Trade. On leaving the Civil Service in 2013, he joined the senior management team of Plan International.  He is a student mentor, and a visiting lecturer in international development at the University of Aberdeen. As well as the John Lewis Foundation, Jonathan sits on a number of charity boards.


Paul Buchanan - External Trustee

Paul is Executive Director responsible for Business in the Community's work on community issues. Paul has worked at BITC since 2001 and is a member of BITC's executive management team. Paul has previously held a variety of roles including London Regional Director, London Membership Director, Head of Membership Recruitment and North East Business Development Manager. He is passionate about the role of business in creating more resilient, vibrant and successful communities. Paul is the Chairman of The Boxing Academy - an innovative and impactful school for young people at risk of exclusion. Paul is also a trustee of Techo UK which is a nonprofit organisation mobilising youth volunteers to fight extreme poverty in Latin America, by constructing transitional housing and implementing social inclusion programs. Paul became a Trustee of the John Lewis Foundation in 2015.