Dobbies appoints new commercial director

The garden centre chain has appointed Andy Hannan as its new Commercial Director.

Andy Hannan Dobbies

With extensive experience from across the retail sector, Hannan will lead the delivery of Dobbies’ commercial strategy as it enters its new financial year. Hannan has previously held senior commercial roles at retailers such as Homebase, Halfords, Jessops and Argos, where he was part of the team that led the digital transformation of the business. Also within the B2B sector at LKQ Euro Car Parts.

Departing Commercial Director, Richard Hodges has stepped down from his role which he has held since 2021. Hodges said: “After two years at Dobbies, I’m preparing to leave the business to explore new career opportunities. As Commercial Director, I’ve worked closely with our supply base to better serve the 30 million people who walk through the doors at Dobbies each year. What I am most grateful for is the opportunity to partner with so many talented, smart and kind people throughout my journey. I wish everyone at Dobbies all the best for spring and beyond.”

David Robinson, CEO of Dobbies, said: “Andy is a really experienced commercial director and will bring with him brilliant knowledge from his time at other major UK retailers. “As we move into our new financial year, someone with Andy’s depth and breadth of experience is just what we need to ensure we are well positioned to further develop our commercial success. He is a really experienced operator and an asset to the team. I’d also like to thank Richard for his hard work and commitment over the last two years. In his time at Dobbies, he has delivered a number of successful partnerships and been integral in instilling a positive culture across the business. He leaves with our very best wishes for the future.”

The new Commercial Director said: “I’m super excited about the opportunities there are with Dobbies. I’m a frequent Dobbies customer, with five stores in the area where I live. With a market leading position, I’m really looking forward to meeting, and working with, colleagues and suppliers across the business.”

Dobbies has 77 stores across the UK, employs 3,800 people servicing approximately 30 million customers in the year to date. In the last financial year, the company suffered a significant fall in sales and profits due to the economic downturn, inflation and adverse weather.