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Dunelm Group plc
18 May 2018


Dunelm Group plc


Appointment of Chief Financial Officer


Dunelm Group plc ("Dunelm" or "the Group"), announces that Laura Carr will be appointed as Chief Financial Officer. Laura will join Dunelm in the Autumn, with the exact date to be announced in due course.


Laura is Group Financial Controller of Compass Group, the FTSE 30 multinational contract food, hospitality and support services company, a position which she has held since February 2017. Prior to this Laura was CFO of Indigo Books & Music, Canada's largest book, gift and speciality toy retailer, from 2014 to 2017. Laura held a number of senior finance roles with Japan Tobacco International between 2004 and 2013. She  qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers.


Laura succeeds Keith Down, who is stepping down to take up a role closer to his family home, as announced in February. David Stead, Dunelm's former CFO, has joined the Group as Interim CFO to help smooth the transition, which has allowed Keith to step down from the Board slightly earlier than expected, on 24 May 2018. Due to the short period of David's role, he will not join the Board.


Andy Harrison, Chairman of Dunelm, said:


"We are looking forward to Laura joining the Dunelm team to work with Nick Wilkinson, our new CEO. Laura brings a breadth of business and finance experience, which will really help us to achieve our ambitious business plans to become the leading multi-channel retailer in our space".


Laura Carr said:

"I am delighted to be joining Dunelm and getting back to the dynamic world of retail once again. Dunelm is a strong market leader with exciting plans for growth and I am looking forward to being part of the ambitious executive team."




For further information, please contact:


Dunelm Group plc

0116 264 4439

Andy Harrison, Chairman

Nick Wilkinson, Chief Executive




MHP Communications

020 3128 8100

 Tim Rowntree

Simon Hockridge


Notes to editors:

1.    Save as disclosed above, there are no disclosures to be made pursuant to LR 9.6.13 in relation to Laura Carr.

2.    Laura's compensation package will be in accordance with Dunelm's approved Remuneration Policy and broadly in line with that received by our outgoing CFO. The details will be fully disclosed in our 2018 Annual Report.

3.    In accordance with section 430 (2B) of the Companies Act 2006,  Dunelm confirms that Keith Down will continue to receive pay and benefits  up to and including his leaving date at the rate set out in Dunelm's 2017 Annual Report and Accounts. He will not receive any payment in lieu of notice or for loss of office. In accordance with the scheme rules, any entitlement to bonus in respect of the year to 30 June 2018 and all of his share plan entitlements will lapse when his employment terminates.

4.    This announcement contains inside information as defined in Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation No. 596/2014 ("MAR").


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