Tesco has named civil servant Lucy Neville-Rolfe as its new
corporate affairs director.
She succeeds Frances Elliott, who died on November 14 last year after a
six-month battle against Motor Neurone disease.
Neville-Rolfe, who joins the retail group on 28 August, has been a civil
servant for the past 24 years.
She is currently attached to the Cabinet Office where she is director of
the Government’s deregulation unit.
Neville-Rolfe will be responsible for Tesco’s in-house corporate
communications, government relations, product PR, community affairs,
investor relations and property PR departments which employ more than 30
On arrival she will evaluate the current in-house structure and weigh up
the contributions of Tesco’s external advisers.
’One needs to take a look at the resources one’s got and whether they
are devoted in the right way,’ said Neville-Rolfe.
She has also asked to take on some responsibility for internal
communications, with a view to using the human resources expertise she
developed as head of personnel at the Ministry of Agriculture in the
’My understanding is that my role will cover the full range of corporate
affairs,’ added Neville-Rolfe. ’But it also includes some internal
Neville-Rolfe has a wealth of experience of European issues, having
dealt regularly with Brussels in her current position and, notably, as
an official working on the Food Safety Act at the Ministry of
Agriculture in the 1980s.
She will report to recently-installed Tesco chief executive Terry
Tesco has performed strongly in recent times. Last year its profits
topped those of arch-rival Sainsbury’s for the first time. Group
turnover for the year to 22 February 1997 was pounds 13.89 billion, with
pre-tax profits up from pounds 681 million to pounds 750 million.
Tesco has 568 stores in the UK and has been expanding in mainland
There are 103 stores in France, 43 in Hungary, 31 in Poland and 13 in
the Czech Republic/Slovakia.