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Appointment of Chief Financial Officer

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Dunelm Group plc
01 April 2022

1 April 2022


Dunelm Group plc


Appointment of Chief Financial Officer


Dunelm Group plc ("Dunelm" or "the Group"), the UK's leading homewares retailer, today announces the appointment of Karen Witts as Chief Financial Officer.


Karen will join the Dunelm Board on 9 June 2022 succeeding Laura Carr, who will step down from the Board on 8 June 2022.


Karen is an accomplished finance leader who brings a wealth of experience from  a number of roles with high profile, consumer-facing, brands.   


Her most recent position, until October 2021, was as Chief Financial Officer of Compass Group plc, the FTSE 30 multinational contract food, hospitality and support services company. Prior to this Karen was CFO of Kingfisher Group plc, the international home improvement retailer, from 2012 to 2019. Karen also held a number of senior finance, strategic and operational roles with Vodafone Group plc between 2010 and 2012, and at BT Group plc between 1999 and 2010. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Whinney.


In January 2022, Karen was nominated to the Board of  Ipsen Pharma, SA as a Non-Executive Director.


Nick Wilkinson, CEO of Dunelm, said:


"I am delighted that we have been able to attract someone of Karen's calibre to join our Board and Executive team. Her vast experience across global retail and consumer-facing businesses will be hugely beneficial as we work to achieve our ambitious growth plans to become a leading multi-channel retailer and our customers' 1st  choice for home."


Karen Witts added:

"It's very exciting to be returning to the retail industry to join the Dunelm team. As the market leader in homewares, Dunelm is a brand I have admired for some time and its strong purpose, culture and expanding customer offer makes it a compelling proposition. The team has exciting plans for continued growth and I look forward to getting started."



For further information, please contact:


Dunelm Group plc

Andy Harrison, Chairman

Nick Wilkinson, Chief Executive





MHP Communications

07709 496 125

Simon Hockridge / Rachel Farrington / Pete Lambie



Notes to editors:

1.    Details of directorships held by Karen Witts in publicly quoted companies in the last 5 years are set out below:

·      Compass Group PLC: 8 April 2019 to 31 October 2021

·      Imperial Brands PLC: 6 February 2014 to  15 June 2020

·      Kingfisher Group plc: 1 October 2012 to 21 March 2019

2.    Save as disclosed above, there are no disclosures to be made pursuant to LR 9.6.13 in relation to Karen Witts.

3.    Karen's compensation package will be in accordance with Dunelm's approved Remuneration Policy. 




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