Meet our leadership team

Lawrence Hene - Interim CEO
Lawrence Hene

Interim CEO

Hi, I’m Lawrence. I am the interim CEO of Ocado Retail and I’m extremely proud to be stewarding this extraordinary business.

Prior to my current role, I was the Chief Product Officer for Ocado Group. I joined Ocado in 2009 to manage Ocado’s IPO and ran the Grocery Retail division for eight years prior to the formation of the Joint Venture. After the formation of the Joint Venture I served briefly as Deputy CEO and stayed on the board as a non-executive while in my Chief Product Officer role. I hold a PhD in Biochemistry from Oxford.

Favourite thing about shopping at Ocado: I love the amazing service. The fact that everything is going to turn up, on time, with great freshness is magical!

Melanie Smith, CBE - CEO (until 31 August)
Melanie Smith, CBE

CEO (until 31 August)

Hi, I’m Mel. I am the CEO of Ocado Retail. I am proud to lead an exceptional and mighty bunch of colleagues as we accelerate the growth of our incredible business.

Life before Ocado: I was Strategy Director for Marks & Spencer with responsibility for group strategy, M&S Bank and M&S Services. Before that, I was the Bupa Global Strategy and Marketing Director, and Chief Operating Officer at TalkTalk. Before joining the corporate world, I was a partner in McKinsey’s Retail practice, working with grocers on every continent. I hold an LLB (Hons)/Bcom. from Auckland University and an MBA from Kellogg.

Favourite thing about shopping at Ocado: the outstanding range of products that I can get from Ocado that I can’t get anywhere else, this is particularly helpful with my foody French husband – we love the Natoora tomatoes and finocchiona; the Picard mussels and the Reflets de France Chaource.

Niall McBride - CFO
Niall McBride


Hi, I’m Niall. I’m CFO for Ocado Retail with responsibility for our Finance, Operations & Property, Data & Insights and IT functions, supporting the commercial teams to continue driving the growth of our business.

Life before Ocado: I was a Managing Director in corporate finance at Rothschild & Co. where I worked across a wide variety of sectors, including supply chain and logistics businesses, and consumer-facing industries. I’m a Chartered Accountant having worked at PWC and EY. I hold a BSc (Hons) Business Studies from the University of Ulster and a PgDip Accountancy from Queen’s University Belfast.

Favourite thing about shopping at Ocado: my favourite thing is the convenience of the early morning and late evening time slots. With two young boys, we always have something to do, so getting our groceries when we need them makes a big difference.

Christina Hawley - Chief Commercial Officer
Christina Hawley

Chief Commercial Officer

Hi, I’m Christina. I head up the buying team at Ocado, alongside the key parts of our commercial strategy including pricing, category management, media and own label.

Life before Ocado: I was an associate partner at McKinsey & Co where I focused on helping retail clients achieve their goals in digital and eCommerce. I also spent time working for Marks & Spencer and Jumia, the largest eCommerce platform in Africa. I have an MBA from INSEAD and a BS from SUNY-FIT (Summa Cum Laude).

Favourite thing about shopping at Ocado: friendliest delivery folk! We have a lot of packages show up at our house but the Ocado delivery crew is always unbelievably polite and friendly. I also love Ocado Zoom which is being trialled in my neighbourhood and deliveries groceries in less than one hour. For a mom with two kids, that is life-changing! Getting nappies and milk delivered to my house on a rainy Sunday evening means I can spend time with my family and not worry about the week ahead.

Jonathan Wiseman - General Counsel & Chief People Officer
Jonathan Wiseman

General Counsel & Chief People Officer

Hi, I’m Jonathan. I’m the General Counsel and Chief People Officer at Ocado Retail with responsibility for our Legal, People and Sustainability functions. My Ocado adventure started in 2013 in the legal team at Ocado Group, for the last three years as Deputy General Counsel, primarily responsible for Ocado Solutions. My Ocado highlight to date was negotiating the terms on which Ocado Group would provide tech and services to Ocado Retail!

Life before Ocado: I worked at Slaughter and May for nine years practising corporate law. I have a BA(Hons) in Classics and English from Oxford University.

Favourite thing about shopping at Ocado: Where to start? Sparing my kids the drudgery of being dragged around a supermarket is enough in itself, but add to that the amazing and ever-expanding range, lovely drivers and incredible service and I’m pretty hooked!

Laura Harricks - Chief Customer Officer
Laura Harricks

Chief Customer Officer

Hi, I’m Laura. I joined Ocado in July 2020, and I’m responsible for leading our end-to-end customer and brand experience. 

Life before Ocado: I moved to the UK in 2008 after several years as a management consultant in Australia, France and the USA. In London, I joined Dixons Carphone and worked across a variety of commercial and marketing roles, before becoming the Online Trading and Marketing Director for Carphone Warehouse in 2016. I joined Monsoon Accessorize as Digital Director in 2019, where I was responsible for global ecommerce; also running their digital transformation programme, including a full site re-platform. I hold a Bachelor of Engineering (Mech/Biomed) & Bachelor of Arts (French) from the University of Sydney.

Favourite thing about shopping at Ocado: I love being on the receiving end of our service, I really appreciate the attention we give to what matters as a customer. Lots of delivery slots (Green options included). Wide range so I can decide where the basics will do and where I want to trade up. An offer that goes way beyond groceries – save me with kids essentials, lunchboxes, toys, socks etc. The ease of a “favourite shop”. Plus our service is super reliable and our drivers are the friendliest.