Stuart Hampson

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Sir Stuart Hampson.

Sir Stuart Hampson CVO DL is a British businessman and current Chairman of The Crown Estate. He was formerly chairman of the John Lewis Partnership. He was the fourth person to be appointed and held the position since 1993.


Hampson joined the Partnership in 1982 and, after gaining experience in a number of department stores, became Managing Director of Tyrrell & Green (now John Lewis Southampton). He was appointed to the Board as Director of Research and Expansion in 1986, adding The Deputy Chairmanship to his responsibilities in 1989 and he became the fourth Chairman of the Partnership in 1993.[citation needed]

During those 14 years, Hampson presided over a programme of modernisation without sacrificing the partnership ethos and principles that were embodied in its 1929 constitution of co-ownership and the happiness of its staff. His 14 years as chairman saw steady expansion, the refurbishment of the Oxford Street and Sloane Square department stores, the extension of trading hours, the expansion of the product range and the establishment of an online presence through John Lewis Direct and Ocado, the home-delivery grocery service.[citation needed]

Hampson was knighted in 1998 and also received an honorary doctorate in Business Administration from Kingston University in the same year. He became a Deputy Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire in 2015.[1] He was appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in the 2016 Birthday Honours.[2]

Hampson spent the first part of his career in the Civil Service, starting at the Board of Trade in 1969 after leaving Oxford University. His last post was as an Assistant Secretary at the Department of Trade and Industry.[citation needed]

A founding Deputy Chairman of London First and past President of the Royal Agricultural Society of England, he is President of the Employee Ownership Association and continues to champion the benefits of employee engagement in business. Hampson chaired the team tackling Economic Renewal in deprived communities, and he is one of the Prince of Wales's Ambassadors in this area. He is also an active Freemason.[3] He was appointed Senior Grand Warden of the United Grand Lodge of England for 2016-17.[citation needed]


On 16 December 2006 it was announced that Hampson would retire from the John Lewis Partnership in March 2007. He was replaced by Charlie Mayfield, previously Managing Director of John Lewis department stores.

Following his retirement, Hampson joined the corporate speaking circuit in 2009 to lecture on the John Lewis ethos and pass on his vision of employee engagement and employee ownership.[4][5]


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Preceded by
Peter Lewis
Chairman of John Lewis Partnership
Succeeded by
Sir Charlie Mayfield