Alan Giles

Alan Giles

Associate Fellow

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


As an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School, Alan chairs the advisory board of the Oxford Institute of Retail Management.


He is also an Honorary Visiting Professor at Cass Business School, senior independent director of Rentokil Initial plc and a non-executive director of The Competition and Markets Authority (having been a non-executive director at its predecessor, The Office of Fair Trading, since 2007).

He was Chairman of Fat Face, the 200-store active lifestyle casual clothing brand from September 2006 until July 2013, and was Chief Executive of HMV Group until September 2006, having led its leveraged buy-out in 1998 and subsequent LSE flotation in 2002. From 1993 to 1998 he was Managing Director of Waterstones, and earlier in his career he worked in various marketing roles for Do It All, WH Smith Retail, and Boots. He was a non-executive director of Somerfield plc until 2004 and Wilson Bowden plc until 2007.

Alan teaches on the MBA programme at Saïd Business School.