McColl’s welcomes restaurant veteran Giles David as finance boss

McColl’s Giles David Richard Crampton Robbie Bell Jonathan Miller
Giles David will join office on June 1
// McColl’s hires new chief financial officer
// Giles David joins from Casual Dining Group, which recently fell into administration

McColl’s has appointed Giles David to its executive and non-executive board as chief financial officer.

David joins the convenience retailer from Casual Dining Group, where he has led the financial division since 2017.

He replaces Robbie Bell, who is leaving the convenience grocery chain for a similar role at Holland & Barrett having joined the convenience store chain in February last year.


Casual Dining Group went into administration last week, piling further pressure on already-struggling UK restaurants Bella Italia, Cafe Rouge and Las Iguanas.

David will join office on June 1.

He has spent more than two decades in senior finance roles in retail, hospitality, property and telecoms, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

Meanwhile, chief commercial officer Richard Crampton, who joined McColl’s last September, has also been appointed to the board with effect from June 1.

“This is a very busy time for our business with increased customer demand, as we work hard to serve customers in neighbourhoods across the UK, and we’re really looking forward to having Giles on board and benefiting from his expertise,” McColl’s chief executive Jonathan Miller said.

David said: “As a leading neighbourhood retailer, McColl’s is playing an invaluable role in serving local communities at this time.”

“It will be a privilege to be part of that work, and as we look to the future, I believe we have a real opportunity to deliver on the group’s strategy to drive growth in the years ahead.”

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