BOXPARK appoints NEC boss as chair

22nd September 2023 | Jack Oliver

BOXPARK has appointed Paul Thandi as chair as the converted shipping container retail and leisure group continues to expand.

Thandi was appointed as chair of events group NEC – where he has been chief executive for 16 years – earlier in 2023.

Founded in 2011, BOXPARK currently operates sites in Shoreditch, Croydon and Wembley. The group previously announced that it would be opening its first site outside of London in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle.

The group is also set to launch its sibling brand BOXHALL in Bristol in 2024.

Thandi will succeed John Leslie as chair, who will remain with the company’s board and continue to chair its remuneration and audit committees.

In 2021, the group received backing from private equity firm LDC to help aid its expansion.

Paul Thandi said: “LDC’s investment in BOXPARK is a great sign of the strength of the existing brand and platform.

“The opportunity for the team, the brand, future sites and importantly our traders and customers is something that I am genuinely excited about working on with the team, investors and the board.

“The scaling of the business through consistent performance across existing sites, what we do well today and how we move that into new formats, is at the core of how we deliver the next stage of the brand’s growth as a team.”


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