My name was mentioned in the article entitled “Tesco Boss Quits” (23 February, page 9). It was used without reference to me for verification of the facts stated or my reasons for leaving.
There are some issues that I would like to clarify. The first is the title you have given me. I have never been employed as “Tesco’s architect”. My official title is “Tesco head of development planning”.
I am, in fact, not currently registered with the Architects Registration Board, my registration having lapsed in the mid-nineties during a period of unemployment – along with many other architects at the time. I am, however, preparing an application for re-registration in readiness for my start with the John Lewis Group in April.
I would also like to point out that I have never met Kevin Grace, and I bear him no malice in his new role as head of property services for Tesco.
I understand Kevin to be a retailer with long and varied experience of all aspects of the international business, and I anticipate that his leadership of the property team will yield the same success at Tesco as we have become accustomed to over recent years.
I bear Tesco no ill will whatsoever, nor any of the many friends I leave behind. I enjoyed my 11 years with Tesco greatly, and my decision to leave came only after a very long period of consideration.
Steve Douglas, head of development planning, Tesco Stores