Grainger chairman to step down

Grainger non-executive chairman Baroness Ford has notified the board that she intends to retire at the annual general meeting on 8 February.

She will have served a full nine years on the board of Grainger, the last two in the role of non-executive chairman.

Grainger says Mark Clare will join the company as non-executive chairman on 13 February. He is currently senior independent director of both United Utilities Group plcand Ladbrokes Coral Group and a non-executive director of Premier Marinas Holdings Limited.