The John Lewis Partnership has announced the appointment of Andy Martin as a non-executive director of the partnership board, and chair of its Audit and Risk Committee.

Andy succeeds baroness Sarah Hogg, who joined the board in 2011 and whose term of office ended on 30th June 2018.

Andy brings a wealth of experience, having worked as a chartered accountant, and was, until 2015, group COO, Europe and Japan, for Compass Group, having previously been its group finance director from 2004 to 2012. Before joining Compass Group, Andy was group finance director at First Choice Holidays, and prior to that held a number of senior finance roles at Granada Group.

Since 2011, Andy has been a non-executive director of easyJet, chairing its Finance Committee, and in 2016 became a non-executive director at Intertek Group and chair of its Audit Committee, and then senior independent non-executive director of global specialist recruitment company, Hays, in 2017.

Sir Charlie Mayfield, chairman of John Lewis Partnership, says: "I am incredibly pleased that Andy will be joining the partnership board. Andy's wealth of business and financial experience will complement the strength of the board and we are looking forward to his input in shaping the continued development of our It's Your Business 2028 strategy. I would also like to personally thank Baroness Hogg for the valuable contribution she has made to the partnership over the past seven years."

The board has three non-executive directors, who are chosen because of their independence, external business experience and the different perspective they bring. Andy joins Keith Williams – who is also deputy chairman of the board – and Laura Wade-Gery.