Nikki Humphrey, Chief People Officer at Virgin Atlantic has been appointed as people executive director at John Lewis Partnership, owner of two of Britain’s retail brands John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners.

Starting on October 1, Humphrey will be responsible for developing and delivering a people strategy for the Partnership’s 80,000 Partners. This new appointment forms part of a seven-strong executive team and follows James Bailey joining as executive director of Waitrose in April and Pippa Wicks becoming executive director of John Lewis.
“This appointment comes at a time where we are working hard to develop our people strategy. Nikki’s impressive experience will help ensure the Partnership continues to be a great place to work for current and future Partners, that both rewards and develops Partners, provides exceptional health and wellbeing support and improves our diversity and inclusion strategy, truly reflecting the communities we serve,” Sharon White, partner & chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, said in a press release.
“I’m very excited to be joining the Partnership at this time. It’s a huge privilege to lead the people team and the people strategy for the 80,000 Partners. I’m really looking forward to working together with Partners, to shape the future and continue to provide the wonderful experience that is so valued by customers,” Nikki Humphrey said.