Our board

Tim Steiner, OBE - Chairman
Tim Steiner, OBE

Chairman

Tim is the founding Chief Executive Officer of Ocado, which he started in 2000. Prior to Ocado, he spent eight years at Goldman Sachs, during which time he was based in London, Hong Kong and New York in the Fixed Income division. Tim graduated from Manchester University in 1992 with an honours degree in Economics, Finance and Accountancy.


Melanie Smith - CEO
Melanie Smith

CEO

Mel was appointed as CEO of Ocado Retail in 2019 and was formerly the M&S Strategy Director with responsibility for group strategy, M&S Bank and M&S Services. Previously, Mel was the Bupa Global Strategy and Marketing Director, COO at TalkTalk, and a partner in McKinsey’s Retail practice, working with grocers on every continent. Currently, Mel is a Non-Executive Director of SSE plc. She completed an LLB (Hons)/Bcom. from Auckland University and went on to obtain an MBA from Kellogg.


Niall McBride - CFO
Niall McBride

CFO

Niall is CFO for Ocado Retail with responsibility for our Finance, HR, IT and Legal functions, supporting the commercial teams to continue driving the growth of our business. He was MD in corporate finance at Rothschild & Co where, over 12 years, he worked across a wide variety of sectors, including supply chain and logistics businesses, and consumer-facing industries. He’s a Chartered Accountant having worked at PWC and EY. Niall holds a BSc (Hons) Business Studies from University of Ulster and a PgDip Accountancy from Queen’s University Belfast.


Steve Rowe - Non-Executive Director
Steve Rowe

Non-Executive Director

Steve is the CEO of Marks and Spencer (M&S) and has been with the company for more than 25 years. He was appointed Director of Retail and a member of the Executive Committee in March 2008 and his remit was extended to include eCommerce in 2009. He was then appointed to the M&S Board in October 2012 as Executive Director of Food before becoming Executive Director of General Merchandise in July 2015. In January 2016 Steve was promoted to M&S CEO.


Duncan Tatton-Brown - Non-Executive Director
Duncan Tatton-Brown

Non-Executive Director

Duncan is CFO for Ocado Group and was previously Group Finance Director of Kingfisher plc, one of the world’s largest home improvement retailers. He has also been CFO of Fitness First plc, Finance Director of B&Q plc, CFO of Virgin Entertainment Group and held various senior finance positions at Burton Group plc. He is a Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair at Trainline plc, and has previously held Non-Executive Director positions at Rentokil Initial plc and ZPG plc. Duncan obtained his MA in Engineering from Cambridge.


Stuart Machin - Non-Executive Director
Stuart Machin

Non-Executive Director

Stuart has been MD of M&S Food since 2018 and has over 30 years’ experience in the food, fashion and home retail sector. Prior to M&S, Stuart held the position of CEO at Steinhof UK and before that, worked in Australia as COO and CEO of Coles and Target respectively. Stuart has also held senior roles in the UK with Sainsbury’s, Tesco and ASDA.


Lawrence Hene - Non-Executive Director
Lawrence Hene

Non-Executive Director

Lawrence has been part of Ocado Group since 2009 when he was hired to manage Ocado’s IPO. He took over as Head of Retail in 2010, and ran the Grocery Retail division for nine years, sitting on Ocado’s Management Committee. Lawrence served as Deputy CEO of Ocado Retail following the launch of the joint venture in 2019. Lawrence also holds a PhD in Biochemistry from Oxford.