Bensons for Beds has appointed Ian Shepherd as a non-executive director. 

Ian previously served as the COO of Odeon and the CEO of Game Group. He has also held senior commercial and retail leadership roles for brands including Vodafone and Sky Interactive. 

His appointment follows a restructuring deal at the end of June that injected £25m of new investment into the business. 

The new board is led by Bensons chairman Chris Howell, who has been working with the business in an advisory capacity since autumn 2019. A former non-executive chairman at Maxeda DIY Group in Benelux and Oceanico Group, Chris has led and supported numerous private and publicly listed companies in an executive, non-executive and advisory capacity, including as MD at KPMG. 

On Ian’s appointment, Chris says: “Ian brings a wealth of experience to the board and joins us at an exciting time as we press ahead with our ambitious plans to transform the business. We look forward to working with him.” 

Ian adds: “I am delighted to have joined the board of Bensons for Beds as a non-executive director. I’m looking forward to working with the leadership team and growing this newly independent business.”