Charlie Mayfield

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Charlie Mayfield
Chairman of John Lewis Partnership
Assumed office
March 2007
Preceded bySir Stuart Hampson
Personal details
Andrew Charles Mayfield

(1966-12-25) 25 December 1966 (age 52)
CitizenshipUnited Kingdom
EducationRadley College
Alma materRoyal Military Academy Sandhurst
Cranfield School of Management
Military service
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Branch/serviceBritish Army
Years of service1986–1991
UnitScots Guards
Battles/warsThe Troubles

Sir Andrew Charles Mayfield (born 25 December 1966), known as Charlie Mayfield, is a British businessman. He has been Chairman of John Lewis Partnership since 2007. He is also Chairman of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. He previously served in the British Army as an officer.

Early life[edit]

Mayfield was born on 25 December 1966,[1][2] to Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Mayfield.[3][4] He was educated at Radley College, an independent boys school in Oxfordshire.[1][2] He followed in his father's footsteps and joined the military after leaving school rather than attending university.[5]


Military career[edit]

Mayfield graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1986, winning the Sword of Honour as the best cadet on his course.[4] On 12 April 1986, he was commissioned into the Scots Guards, British Army, as a second lieutenant. He was given the service number 523391.[6] On 12 April 1988, he was promoted to lieutenant.[7] During his career he served in Northern Ireland amid The Troubles.[8] He was 19 when he was first posted there.[9]

He retired from the British Army on 30 September 1991.[10]

Business career[edit]

In 1992, Mayfield graduated from the Cranfield School of Management with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.[11]

He joined SmithKline Beecham as assistant product manager of Instant Horlicks.[2] He was later promoted to Marketing Manager for the Lucozade sports drink brand.[12]

In 1996, he joined McKinsey & Company as a management consultant.[1] During his time there, he worked with consumer and retail organisations.[13]

In 2000, he joined the John Lewis Partnership as head of business development.[14] He was appointed to the Board one year later as Development Director.[12] He was appointed Managing Director of John Lewis in 2005.[1] In 2007, he was appointed Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership.[15] In March 2007,[13] he became the fifth Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership.[1]

in November 2010, Mayfield was appointed to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, a non-departmental public body, as Chairman.[13]

On 7 November 2018, Mayfield announced that he would be stepping down as Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership in 2020. A successor is yet to be announced.[16]


Mayfield received the General Service Medal with "Northern Ireland" clasp for his service during The Troubles on Operation Banner.[citation needed]

In the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours, it was announced that Mayfield had been appointed a Knight Bachelor (Kt) 'for services to business'.[17] On 7 February 2014, he was knighted by Charles, Prince of Wales (on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II) during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.[18]

On 17 July 2013, Mayfield was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of the University (D.Univ) by Loughborough University.[19] He was presented the honorary degree of Doctor of Science (D.Sc) by the University of Reading on 10 July 2014.[20]

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  • 2013
General Service Medal 1962 BAR.svg General Service Medal


  1. ^ a b c d e "Interview: Charlie Mayfield, charirman, John Lewis Partnership". The Scotsman. 29 November 2009. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Felsted, Andrea (2 September 2012). "Symbol of a model of ownership". Financial Times. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Obituaries - Mayfield" (pdf). The Old Radleian. 2008. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Mayfield". The Times. 19 December 2007. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Business profile: Ex-Scots Guard who's first among equals". The Telegraph. 7 April 2007. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  6. ^ "No. 50527". The London Gazette (Supplement). 23 May 1986. p. 7101.
  7. ^ "No. 51295". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 April 1988. p. 4313.
  8. ^ "On the couch with Charlie Mayfield, Chairman, The John Lewis Partnership". YSC. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  9. ^ Crow, David (30 January 2012). "Patron saint of retailers says co-ops won't work for everyone". City A.M. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  10. ^ "No. 52792". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 January 1992. p. 498.
  11. ^ "Knighthood for Charlie Mayfield (MBA 1992)". Cranfield School of Management. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  12. ^ a b "Chairman". John Lewis Partnership. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  13. ^ a b c "Charlie Mayfield". Leadership team. UK Commission for Employment and Skills. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  14. ^ Lanyon, Daniel (22 June 2013). "John Lewis Partnership chairman Charlie Mayfield knighted". The Grocer. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  15. ^ "Sir Charlie Mayfield". People of Today Online. Debrett's. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  16. ^ "John Lewis chairman Mayfield to step down". BBC News. 2018-11-07. Retrieved 2018-12-15.
  17. ^ "No. 60534". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 June 2013. p. 1.
  18. ^ "Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood". London Gazette (60966). 19 August 2014. p. 16222. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  19. ^ "Chairman of John Lewis awarded honorary degree by Loughborough". Latest news from Loughborough University. Loughborough University. 19 July 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  20. ^ "Chairman of John Lewis Partnership awarded Honorary Degree". News & Events. University of Reading. 11 July 2014. Retrieved 25 April 2015.
Business positions
Preceded by
Managing Director of John Lewis
2005 – 2007
Succeeded by
Andy Street
Preceded by
Sir Stuart Hampson
Chairman of John Lewis Partnership
2007 – present