QD appoints new finance director
Discount retailer QD has appointed Peter Fairley as its new finance director following Graham Moxon’s retirement after 27 years with the business.
Fairley has 20 years’ experience in senior finance roles in the retail, wholesale, distribution and import sectors.
Nick Rubins, chief executive of the QD Group, said: “I wish Graham well in his retirement. He has been an excellent finance director with whom I have thoroughly enjoyed working. He has helped steer us through a period of sustained growth for the group. I am now delighted to welcome Peter who brings with him a wealth of very valuable experience. It is an exciting time for QD and Peter will be playing a key role in the business’s future.”
QD Group is an independent, family-owned chain of market town value retail outlets. There are currently 51 stores in the group, which also include Cherry Lane Garden Centres, Lathams of Potter Heigham and Thing-Me-Bobs.
The company has enjoyed significant growth recently despite the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. This has included the opening of a new store in Chipping Norton and the acquisition of Retford and Gainsborough Garden Centre, which will be the group’s 16th Cherry Lane outlet.
Moxon said: “This has been a wonderful company to work for with a great team of people. I’d like to pay tribute to all my former colleagues and particularly our chairman, Danny Rubins and chief executive, Nick Rubins, whom it has been a privilege to work alongside. QD has grown and evolved beyond recognition since I first joined, and I am pleased to hand over the reins to Peter who is an experienced and highly capable FD. I am confident that he will help steer the group to new achievements in the future.”