Chris Coburn, Communication and Engagement Lead, John Lewis Partnership
Chris joined the Partnership as a Christmas temp in late 2011 working as a Selling Partner in Peter Jones. He secured a permanent role and joined the management training programme before being voted on to the Branch Council to represent the section manager community.
Chris went on to work in the Peter Jones staff training department and was voted to represent Peter Jones on the divisional John Lewis Council before becoming responsible for the shop’s in-house magazine and news service and then being elected to represent Peter Jones Partners on the Partnership Council in 2012. He joined the Partner Group – a sub committee of the Council – in 2013 and became its Chair later that year.
Before joining the Partnership, Chris’s career was mainly in sports retail including positions with Lillywhites of Piccadilly Circus. Chris joined the Board in 2015.