Bensons for Beds appoints Ian Shepherd as a non-executive director

Ian Shepherd

Bensons for Beds has strengthened its board with the appointment of Ian Shepherd as a non-executive director.

Ian has previously served as the chief operating officer of Odeon and the CEO of Game Group. He has also held senior commercial and retail leadership roles for world-leading brands including Vodafone and Sky Interactive.

His appointment follows a restructuring deal at the end of June that injected £25m of new investment to grow the business.

Ian joins the board led by Bensons chairman Chris Howell who has been working with the business in an advisory capacity since the autumn of 2019.

A former non-executive chairman at Maxeda DIY Group in Benelux and Oceanico Group, Chris has led and supported numerous private and publicly listed companies in an executive, non-executive and advisory capacity including Managing Director at KPMG.

On Ian’s appointment, Chris Howell comments: “Ian brings a wealth of experience to the board and joins us at an exciting time as we press ahead with our ambitious plans to transform the business. We look forward to working with him.”

Ian Shepherd said: “I am delighted to have joined the board of Bensons for Beds as a non-executive director. I’m looking forward to working with the leadership team and growing this newly independent business.”
Bensons is the largest bed retailer in the UK with around 200 stores. Its head office is in Accrington, Lancashire, and it has a dedicated manufacturing site in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.