Allan Leighton

The Chairman of The Co-Operative Group, Former CEO of Asda, Former Non-Executive Chairman of the Royal Mail & Former Chief Executive of Pandora

Tough Calls: Making The Right Decisions In Challenging Times

Tough Calls: Making The Right Decisions In Challenging Times

On Leadership: Practical Wisdom From The People Who Know

On Leadership: Practical Wisdom From The People Who Know

Allan Leighton received a 4.5 star review across 17 events in 2023

Operations Director
"Allan Leighton, with over forty years in business, exemplifies leadership success. From cashier to CEO, his transformative impact on companies like Asda is legendary. His straightforward, ‘Here to Help’ approach resonates, making him an invaluable speaker. Allan’s Harvard-honed insights and diverse corporate experience make him a must-hear for those seeking practical, powerful business wisdom."

How to hire Allan Leighton

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Official Feedback from In-Person & Virtual Events

Feedback from In-Person Events:

"A superb communicator, inspirational and witty!" - The Home Office

"A straightforward approach to business, removing any management jargon" - Leaders in London

"Allan Leighton gave us a memorable experience!" - GG2 Awards


  • 2023 - Resigned as the Chairman of The Co-Operative Group
  • 2021 - Non-Executive Chairman of BrewDog
  • 2020 - Group Chairman of Pizza Express
  • 2018 - Chairman of Simba Sleep
  • 2015 - Chairman of The Co-Operative Group
  • 2013 - Chief Executive of Pandora
  • 2011 - Chairman of Pace Plc
  • 2010 - Awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Central Lancashire
  • 2008 - Mentor on "Breaking into Tesco", Channel 5
  • 2004 - Awarded an Honorary Degree from Cranfield University
  • 2002 - Chairman of Royal Mail, the longest-serving chairman
  • 2001 - Non-Executive of Scottish Power
  • 2000 - Non-Executive of Dyson
  • 2000 - Non-Executive Chairman of
  • 2000 - Chairman of Business in the Community
  • 1999 - Deputy Chairman of Leeds United Football Club
  • 1999 - Deputy Chief Executive of Asda
  • 1995 - Non-Executive of Wilson Connolly
  • 1992 - Marketing Director of Asda
  • 1987 - General Sales Manager for the UK Grocery Division
  • Former Managing Director of Mars Ireland & Portugal
  • Former Marketing & Sales Director for Pedigree Petfoods
  • Former Non-Executive Director of BSkyB
  • Former Chairman of Cannons Health Clubs