Discount Retailer, The Works, has announced the appointment of Stuart Warriner to its board as a non-executive director.  Corporate finance specialist, Warriner, joins The Works after 30 years at PWC, including ten years leading its corporate finance team in the North of England from Leeds and Manchester. 

Warriner joins The Works’ board led by Dean Hoyle, founder of Card Factory and one of the UK’s best known retail entrepreneurs, who joined The Works in 2015 as chairman and investor.   Fellow board members include Tony Barraclough, former property director at Card Factory, and James Woolley, portfolio partner of private equity house and The Works investor, Endless LLP.

Under the leadership of Hoyle and CEO, Kevin Keaney, The Works has continued to build momentum as a UK retail success story, with close to 400 physical stores, a successful e-commerce platform, and consistent growth in profit and like-for-like sales over the last eight years.

Dean Hoyle, chairman of The Works, said: “Stuart is a highly respected corporate finance specialist. His decision to join The Works is a real coup for us and is testament to the strength and continued growth potential of this business. 

“Stuart brings new expertise to an already strong board and will help us continue to explore new opportunities for the fantastic business that the executive team has built over the last decade.  I’m looking forward to working with him to take The Works from strength to strength.”

Stuart Warriner, new non-executive director at The Works, said: “Just one month after retiring from a 30-year career at PWC, the offer to join the board of The Works proved too good an opportunity to miss and I was forced to abandon my plans for a few months’ rest! 

“The Works is a superb business with a dynamic leadership team, experienced board, strong track record and, most excitingly, great potential for further development.  It has a truly unique value offer and strong consumer appeal as a high-quality alternative to specialist retailers. I’m thrilled to be joining the business and look forward to bringing my own experience to bear to take the business forward.”

Stuart Warriner joined PWC in 1986 and was made a partner in 1998. During his time at PWC, Warriner built a reputation as a leading dealmaker and is well known across Yorkshire and the North West, with a strong network across a wide range of industries and in the private equity field.