Lord Mark Price, Former MD of Waitrose and Deputy Chairman of John Lewis Partnership.
Mark Price was born and grew up in Crewe. His father was a corner shop owner, later a wholesaler and evangelical preacher. He attended Crewe Country Grammar School for Boys.
In 1982 Price graduated from Lancaster University with a 2:1 degree in Archaeology. He started his career at the John Lewis partnership as a graduate trainee in 1982 before progressing to become store manager in High Wycombe and Cheadle. In 2005 he joined the John Lewis Partnership Board taking on responsibility for strategy as Development Director. In April 2007, the then Managing Director Steven Epsom left the Partnership, and Price was appointed as his replacement. At the time Waitrose had 183 stores, and within six years this number had increased to 300.
In 2013 it was announced that in addition to his position at Waitrose he would become Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership succeeding David Barclay who had held the position since 2006.
He has been Chairman of Business in the Community since 2011 and The Prince’s Countryside Fund since 2010. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Channel 4 and the Consumer Goods Forum.
He was appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in the 2014 New Year’s Honours for his work with Business in the Community and The Prince’s Countryside Fund. He is also Life Patron of GroceryAid.
In October 2015 Lord Price announced he was to leave the John Lewis Partnership in April 2016 after 10 years fulfilling the role of Managing Director of Waitrose. Suggestions have been made that Mark may apply for the chairman position of Channel 4.
In February2016 he became the Minister of State for Trade following the resignation of Lord Maude of Horsham and was made a life peer. On 29 February 2016, he was created Baron Price of Sturminster Newton in the County of Dorset.
Lord Price married Judith Bolt in 1991, they have two daughters and live in Dorset
He left the Government in September 2017.