Strong performance earns  Anna Blackburn place on Beaverbrooks board


Strong performance earns Anna Blackburn place on Beaverbrooks board

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A strong performance from retail chain Beaverbrooks has earned managing director Anna Blackburn a place on the board, marking only the second time in the company's 99 year history that a non family member has served as a board director.

Blackburn has been with Beaverbrooks for 20 years, starting out as a shop assistant in Manchester,  and has served as chief executive since 2013, when she became the first non-family CEO in the company's history.

Since then, the company has enjoyed sustained growth with turnover rising by around 20% and operating profits doubling, despite a challenging UK market.

Anna Blackburn continues to blaze new trails 

In 2017, they opened two new stores in Bracknell and Guildford to bring their portfolio to 71 with more than 900 employees and their continued stability and success once again earned them a spot in  The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list.

Chairman Mark Adlestone was also named winner of the Outstanding Contribution to the Jewellery Industry Award 2017 

The highly regarded Blackburn opted for a change of title from chief executive to managing director to mark her board appointment, which took effect from the start of 2018.

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Kate Laven


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