Productivity and Pay: the Fabian Society’s retail industry taskforce

The taskforce members

Norman Pickavance is the chair of the taskforce and former Group HR and Communications Director at Morrisons. Norman is now National Director in People and Culture at Grant Thornton after recently writing a book on responsible business organisation and leading an inquiry on zero hour contracts for the former Leader of the Opposition.

Julie Abraham is IT and Stock Control Director at Richer Sounds. Richer Sounds holds the record for the highest sales per square foot for any retail outlet in the world and it was awarded the Which? Retailer of the Year Award in 2015. Julie recently led the retailer’s transition to becoming an accredited Living Wage employer.

Nita Clarke is Director of the Involvement and Participation Association. Nita was vice-chair of the government commissioned MacLeod Review of employee engagement and co-author of the widely praised report Engaging for Success. Previously Nita had a long career in the trade union and labour movement, having worked in 10 Downing Street with responsibility for trade union liaison.

John Hannett is General Secretary of Usdaw. John has led the UK’s fourth largest Union since 2004 and is a member of the Low Pay Commission, which sets the levels of the National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage.  John also sits on the Executive Committee and General Council of the TUC.

Daniel Johnson is Managing Director of the Studio One and Paper Tiger group of shops in Edinburgh. Daniel’s shops were among the first Living Wage accredited shops in the retail sector and in order to implement it, Daniel changed the way his company operated, including the management and development of staff.

Jill Rubery is Professor of Comparative Employment Systems and Head of the PMO Division at the University of Manchester Alliance Manchester Business School. Jill’s extensive research has covered labour market regulation, the role of minimum wages and new forms of work. Jill was elected a fellow of the British Academy in 2006 and is a member of the ACAS Board of Arbitrators.

Fiona Wilson is Head of Research and Economics at Usdaw. Fiona oversees the Union’s Equalities and Politics Sections and prepares the Union’s responses to formal inquiries and consultations. Fiona is a member of the Executive Committee and General Council of the TUC.

Secretariat

Cameron Tait is secretary to the taskforce and Senior Researcher at the Fabian Society. Cameron leads the Society’s programme on the future of work and was formerly Head of Research to the Archbishop of York’s Living Wage Commission.