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DFS Furniture PLC (DFS)


Monday 28 June, 2021

DFS Furniture PLC

Directorate Change

RNS Number : 2962D
DFS Furniture PLC
28 June 2021







DFS Furniture plc ("DFS" or the "Company"), the market leading retailer of living room and upholstered furniture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce the appointment of Loraine Martins OBE as independent non-executive Director of the Company.  Loraine will be a member of the Audit Committee, Nomination Committee, and Remuneration Committees.  Loraine's appointment is effective immediately.


Since 2012, Loraine has been the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Network Rail, which is responsible for the UK's rail infrastructure.  In 2021 Loraine was awarded the OBE for her work on diversity and inclusion at Network Rail.  Prior to that, Loraine was responsible for Jobs & Skills and Equality & Inclusion in the construction of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the London 2012 Olympic Games, for which she was awarded an MBE.  


Loraine brings experience of organisational transformation, culture change and a strong commitment to responsible businesses.


 Commenting on the appointment, Ian Durant, Chairman of DFS, said:


"I am delighted to welcome Loraine to the DFS Board. She brings with her significant skills and experience working within large organisations including Network Rail to develop their diversity and inclusivity strategies.  These skills as well as her health and safety experience   will be of great benefit -to DFS as a non-executive Director.  We are very much looking forward to working with her and are sure that she will make a valuable contribution."


Commenting on her appointment, Loraine Martins, said:  


"At a time when businesses are increasing their focus on being more responsible - be it the environment, sustainability and diversity and inclusion, I'm honoured to be joining the DFS Board, with the Group poised continue its market leadership and enhance its social responsibility."


Listing Rule 9.6.13R (1) to (6) Disclosure

There are no matters required by paragraphs 9.6.13R (1) to (6) of the Listing Rules to be disclosed in relation to Loraine Martins 



DFS:  (enquiries via Tulchan)


Liz McDonald (Group Company Secretary)

James Macey-White


Jessica Reid

Phil Hutchinson (Investor Relations)

  Amber Ahluwalia




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About DFS Furniture plc

The Group is the clear market-leading retailer of living room furniture in the United Kingdom. Our Group purpose is to bring great design and comfort into every living room, in an affordable, responsible and sustainable manner.  We operate an integrated physical and digital retail network of living room furniture showrooms and web sites in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Netherlands and Spain, trading through our leading brands, DFS, Sofology and Dwell. We attract customers through our targeted and national marketing activities and our reputation for high quality products and service, breadth of product offer and favourable consumer financing options.  We fulfil orders for our exclusive product ranges through our own three UK finished goods factories, and through manufacturing partners located in the UK, Europe and Far East, and delivered with care through our expert final-mile delivery service "The Sofa Delivery Company".  



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