Ofcom's Chris Wynn joins John Lewis Partnership to lead corporate and public affairs

The John Lewis Partnership has appointed Ofcom's director of communications, Chris Wynn, as director of corporate communications and promoted Gillian Taylor to head of brand communications for the group, PRWeek can reveal.

Chris Wynn will lead corporate comms and public affairs at the John Lewis Partnership
Chris Wynn will lead corporate comms and public affairs at the John Lewis Partnership

Wynn will join the Partnership later this month and run a new team that combines corporate and public affairs, and internal comms.

The role sits within the John Lewis Partnership strategy team and Wynn will report to director of strategy and commercial development Nina Bhatia.

Wynn, a PRWeek UK Power Book regular, has worked at Ofcom for the past 11 years and as its comms director since 2015.

His is the second significant move from the communications regulator to the John Lewis Partnership in the past year after former Ofcom chief executive Dame Sharon White joined the retailer as its chair.

“It’s a privilege to be joining the Partnership and I can’t wait to get started. John Lewis and Waitrose are brands that I’ve long admired and whose values I share,” he told PRWeek.

“The Partnership has a strong tradition of promoting its purpose and the benefits of co-ownership with its key stakeholders, which I will look to build on. Effective communications have an important role to play in the future success of the Partnership, especially as we emerge from the pandemic and adapt to a rapidly changing retail sector.”

Bhatia added: “I’m delighted Chris is joining the Partnership and will bring significant experience in running integrated communications. Alignment of internal and external messages will be important as we shape our future strategy, and experience continued interest in the Partnership and our well-loved brands.”

Taylor was previously head of communications for John Lewis and will now be responsible for brand comms for both John Lewis and Waitrose. She will report to customer directors Martin George (Waitrose) and Claire Pointon (John Lewis).

Taylor's role, which sits in the customer experience team, encompases all customer-facing comms for Waitrose and John Lewis in the group.

At Ofcom, head of media and corporate relations Joe Smithies will act as interim comms chief while the regulator seeks a permanent replacement for Wynn.

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