Fenwick has appointed John Lewis veteran Jeremy Collins as its new property director.
Collins will move into his new role from next month, and he will also join the premium department store’s executive board.
Collins’ retail property career spans 35 years, with the last 14 of those spent as property director of John Lewis, where he is credited for growing its store estate from 24 to 51 shops.
Previously, Collins worked for Lend Lease as head of retail and project director and his career has also included roles at MEPC, Grosvenor Square Properties, Bredero Properties and Wirral Borough Council.
He is also a former president of the British Council of Shopping Centres, now known as REVO.
“[Fenwick’s] family values and approach resonate with me and I am really looking forward to joining [chief executive] Robbie and the whole team in helping to steer the business through the constantly evolving retail landscape to achieve its potential,” Collins said.
His appointment comes less than three months after Robbie Feather started his tenure as Fenwick’s new chief executive.
“I am delighted to have secured someone of Jeremy’s calibre. Jeremy brings a wealth of experience that will be invaluable to us,” Feather said.
Collins will continue to manage his portfolio of other interests including his role as a non-executive director of Town Centre Securities.
Fenwick operates nine stores around the UK, including its Newcastle flagship which was founded in 1882.
It also operates stores in London’s New Bond Street, Kingston and Brent Cross, as well as York, Bracknell, Colchester, Canterbury and Tunbridge Wells.