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 41 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  has overall responsibility for the John Lewis primary and secondary Supply Chains. Additionally he is responsible 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, in addition to his oversight of the end-to-end Supply Chain, Dino was also given 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.

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

Simon Bishop - External Trustee

Simon Bishop is Deputy Chief Executive of global children's charity Plan International UK, as well as Chair of the Gates Foundation-backed Coalition for Global Prosperity.  Passionate about alleviating poverty, and a vocal gender champion, he has also been Special Adviser to the UK Government’s Secretary of State for International Development, an advisor to HRH The Prince of Wales on his charitable activities, and completed a number of roles with The Shell Foundation, The United Nations Foundation and the BBC.  As a Fulbright Scholar, Simon completed a Masters degree in International Relations and Journalism at Columbia University, and also has a Masters in Economics and Geography from Edinburgh University.   

Paul Buchanan - External Trustee

Paul is Executive Director responsible for Business in the Community's work on community. Paul has worked at BITC since 2001 and is a member of BITC's executive management team. He 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 - and also a trustee of Techo UK, a nonprofit organisation which mobilises 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.