Breakfast with Marks & Spencer Chairman Archie Norman raises £55,000

13 Jun 2022

More than 240 people joined Jewish Care for a Business Breakfast at The Savoy Hotel, raising over £55,000 for our core services.

During the breakfast, donors heard from Marks & Spencer Chairman, Archie Norman, who discussed his experience in business, emerging from the pandemic, and about the history and present challenges of Marks & Spencer.

Archie Norman is the only person to have been chairman of a FTSE 100 company and a Member of the House of Commons at the same time. From 1991 until 1999, he was Chief Executive and then Chairman of Asda, and from January 2010 to January 2016, was the chairman of ITV plc.

Archie Norman was elected as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Tunbridge Wells in 1997 and served as a shadow minister for the environment in 1999. From February 2000 to September 2001, he was Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Transport and the Regions. In May 2005, he officially stood down as an MP, and in October 2016, was appointed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy as its Lead Non-Executive Board Member.

Archie Norman became the chairman of Marks & Spencer in September 2017.

Jewish Care are incredibly grateful to the event sponsor, Tony Page, and associate sponsor, Brecher, for their generosity in enabling today’s event.

Jonathan Zenios, Chair of Jewish Care, said: "It goes without saying that 2020 and 2021 were incredibly challenging, turning all our lives upside down, no more so than on the front line of social care. This year has been considerably brighter, and we can look back at a busy few months in which our in-person activities have restarted, and we are once again holding events like today’s breakfast. We are so grateful to all of our wonderful supporters for their generosity this morning and to Archie Norman for giving his time to speak to us.”

Adam Overlander-Kaye, Director of Fundraising and Community Engagement, Jewish Care said: “We were delighted to host Archie Norman this morning for such an interesting and informative conversation about business post-pandemic. We are hugely appreciative of the donations received today which will go towards our core services.”