Rupert Thomas, Waitrose
Rupert joined Waitrose in 2003, having spent over 10 years working at Sainsburys in commercial and marketing roles. At Waitrose Rupert headed up the Grocery and Fruit buying teams, before being promoted to Head of Brand Development in 2007. He was responsible for leading the development of Cooks' Ingredients, Wholesome, essential Waitrose, Seriously from and Menu from ranges.
In 2009, he was promoted to Director, Marketing and Brand Development overseeing the Delia and Heston campaign. In June 2010 Rupert was promoted to the Waitrose Management Board as Marketing Director, responsible for the creation and delivery of an engaging and relevant marketing, customer communication and product strategy that enhances the Waitrose brand over the long term.