Ken Parsons (Chief Executive)
For most of his working life Ken has worked in the retail industry in a variety of roles for some major retail organisations, such as Boots the Chemists, Gateway Supermarkets and Somerfield. For the last few years he has specialised in addressing the issues facing rural retailers, operating as a Retail Consultant for such organisations as the Countryside Agency and more recently, the Rural Shops Alliance. As a result of this work, he is well-known to many shopkeepers in the West Midlands and South West regions. In November 2007 he was appointed Chief Executive of the RSA.
Trevor West (Chairman)
Trevor became a director of the RSA in September 2008. Prior to this he spent 31 years with Mars UK, where he was Trading Director for the Convenience Sector. Trevor’s experience covers Sales Training, Trade Marketing and National Accounts Sales, having handled Mars Petcare, Food and Confectionery business in Multiple and Convenience accounts. He has always been a great supporter of Independent Retailers and he is a well-known figure in the Sector. He became RSA Chairman in October 2009.
Andrew Chevis (Director)
Andrew’s worked with retail groups for two decades, at alcohol lobby The Portman Group where he ran sensible drinking campaigns, and since 1999 at CitizenCard, the UK’s leading proof of age/ID scheme. Andrew lives in London with wife Lena and four children between the ages of 3 and 15. He grew up on the Hampshire/Surrey border but can now often be found in the Suffolk village of Glemsford refurbishing his grandparents’ cottage and helping his two village shops fight off a threat from Tesco.