North west-based pubco Robinsons has announced a raft of changes to its board of directors.

In a letter to its employees, chairman Peter Robinson said that prior to his brother, David, passing away, both himself and Dennis Robinson had decided to retire from the board.

In tandem with the family business’ fifth generation departure, he also announced that Neil Robinson-Stanier, Veronica Robinson and Paul Robinson would be stepping down from the board as part of a strategic restructure.

Forming the new board will be Philip Moody, as non-executive chairman, Sara Robinson, as director (alongside her current role as company secretary), and Tony Smith as finance director – having joined the business in February this year from previous financial directorship roles at the Co-Op and Well Pharmacy.

“Philip has been working with the board as an advisor for the last three years and has retired as a senior partner with Smith & Williamson to enable him to accept this position,” said the retiring chairman.

“The board believes that Philip’s extensive experience advising family businesses, his leadership responsibilities over his career, and his numerous non-executive and chairman positions held over the last 30 years, make him ideally placed to lead our family business to ensure its independence and longevity for the future.”

“We are extremely grateful to all of the family members who are retiring from the board for their support and dedication to the development of the business,” added joint managing directors Oliver and William Robinson.

“We look forward to working with Philip, Sara and Tony alongside existing NEDs Stephen Oliver and John Edwards as we continue to develop and grow our independent family business.”

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