Retail Industry Leadership Group


Following publication of Getting the Right Change: A Retail Strategy for Scotland in March 2022, a new Industry Leadership Group (ILG) has been established to drive and support delivery of the strategy actions, in particular on improving fair work across the sector.

The ILG is co-chaired by Joe FitzPatrick, Minister for Local Government Empowerment and Planning, and Polly Jones, Head of Corporate Affairs for Scotland – Asda

Membership of the ILG has been established and the first ILG meeting took place on 25 August 2022.

The strategic purpose of the retail ILG will be to:

  • deliver an increasingly sustainable retail sector 
  • promote the delivery of all aspects of fair work across the sector 
  • ensure those working in retail have the skills necessary to be successful

We expect the ILG to focus on delivering the following priority objectives:

  • the actions in the National Strategy for Economic Transformation that will directly support the retail sector
  • a Fair Work Agreement, which encourages retail businesses to demonstrate their commitment to Fair Work principles
  • a skills audit and action plan for the sector, in partnership with Skills Development Scotland and other partners
  • a just transition plan for retail to guide the path to net zero

It will agree a delivery plan that sets out how it will deliver its identified priorities as well as a critical review process and timelines for measuring success.



  • Joe FitzPatrick,  Minister for Local Government Empowerment and Planning
  • Polly Jones, Head of Corporate Affairs for Scotland - Asda


  • David Lonsdale, Director - SRC
  • Tony McElroy, Head of Communications and Devolved Government Relations - Tesco
  • Meryl Halls, CEO - Booksellers Association of the UK/Eire
  • Debbie Harding, Chief Corporate Officer - Dobbies Garden Centres
  • Tracy Gilbert, Regional Secretary - USDAW
  • Colin Smith, Chief Executive - Scottish Wholesale Association
  • Andrew McRae, Policy Chair - Federation of Small Business (FSB)
  • Reuben Chesters, Project Manager - Locavore
  • Sonya Harper, Central Operations Director - CJ Lang and Son
  • Robert Deavy, Scotland Organiser - GMB
  • Mo Razzaq, National (UK) Deputy Vice President - National Federation of Independent Retailers
  • Dr Pete Cheema OBE, Chief Executive - Scottish Grocers’ Federation
  • Lucy Brown, Central Operations Director - John Lewis Partnership
  • Kyron Keogh, Co-founder and Managing Director - ROX - Diamonds and Thrills
  • Laura Mitchell, Head of Retail - Greggs
  • Karen Stewart, Centre Manager – Livingston Designer Outlet


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