Designer furniture and homewares retailer Heal’s has named Hamish Mansbridge as chief executive, as well as strengthening its holding company board.

Mr Mansbridge—who joined the five store retailer last month—is formerly finance director at The White Company, and was most recently COO and acting CEO at the Snow+Rock Group, sold to the AS Adventure Group in July.

He has taken full responsibility for the business with current Heal’s chairman Will Hobhouse now spending less time on site. Whilst finance director at The White Company for nine years, he oversaw a six-fold growth in sales.

Mr Mansbridge said: “I am delighted to have joined such a fabulous institution as Heal’s and am really excited to lead the next phase of our growth. Heal’s has over 200 years of history and has always stood for ‘good design, well made’. After a chequered few years the business has recently made huge strides forward under Will’s guidance and has reclaimed its rightful place as the premier destination for furniture, lighting and homewares in the country."

His appointment coincided with Carmel Allen stepping down as creative director to take a non-executive director post on the Heal’s holding company board. She has also this month taken the creative director role at premium furniture company Linley.

She said: “I feel as passionate about Heal’s now as I’ve always done–more so in fact–and I will do all I can to ensure its growth and safeguard the core values and reputation that only 200 years of trading can bring. It’s a privilege to be part of that history.”

Ms Allen joined Heal’s three years ago and has been instrumental in the change and evolution of the company, changing most of the products on offer and the customer proposition, and leading the refurbishment of Heal’s flagship store at Tottenham Court Road.

Heal’s chairman Will Hobhouse said: “Carmel has given us the inspiration and confidence we needed to make these changes and helped us all make it happen. I cannot thank her enough for her dedication and help on the journey, she can be justly proud of her part in the transformation of Heal’s.”

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