Lindsay Austin

Lindsay joined Marks and Spencer as a graduate trainee and was fast-tracked through various disciplines including retail, marketing, public relations, e-commerce and human resources: she became an indispensible member of the team and worked directly for members of the M&S Executive Board of Directors. She joined Mamas and Papas, heading up their Global Retail division, where her responsibilities included the group’s numerous stores in the UK and overseas, operations and learning and development. She moved to Topshop and Topman as their UK and USA Head of Retail, leading the central administration and field teams and working directly with the group’s CEO. Wishing to restore a healthy work /life balance Lindsay returned to Marks and Spencer, and moved up to Yorkshire to take up a regional management position with the firm, working on the retail side becoming the person responsible for all their outlets in the North East. It’s a decision that she hasn’t regretted and she joined the board of Cundall Manor in 2012, bringing her considerable management and business skills with her. Lindsay recently moved to her latest role as MD of the Bayford Group. Her son was a pupil at the school.