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.


Tim Harrison - Director of Store Design and Development

Tim Harrison has worked in the Partnership for 22 years.  He started his career in shops, working in Peter Jones, and John Lewis and Partners, Kingston, in a variety of branch management roles.

Since 2005, Tim has led on the development and opening of new John Lewis and Partners stores.  This has included developing the mutiple formats within which John Lewis and Partners trades, and includes the constant maintenance and upgrading of the John Lewis and Partners shop portfolio.

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.

Miranda Spottiswoode

Miranda Spottiswoode joined the Partnership in 2016 after a varied career in the UK and in a number of different countries abroad.

Miranda manages all aspects of the application process, oversees the project reporting and administration, and is the first port of call for any equiry regarding the John Lewis and Partners Foundation.