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Double achievement for Rich Corbridge and David Hobbs

24 November 2020
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Rich Corbridge, our Chief Information Officer (CIO) has been recognised as #27 in the CIO 100 Awards. The awards celebrate the most transformational and disruptive CIOs in and from the UK, as they drive transformational change at their organisations.

Joining the business in 2019 as Director of Innovation, Rich delivered our live virtual GP service, in partnership with Livi and has overseen our new partnership with Public Health England providing a personalised health and wellness check-up for our customers. Rich was appointed as CIO earlier this year, leading the IT team as they prepare for a huge year of change in all areas of, cloud hosting of the web site, new front end capability implemented and the advent of new tools to support marketing, loyalty and delivery. In the last few months, the IT team have ensured stability across all systems despite unprecedented demand and need for capacity.  

We are also pleased to share that this week, David Hobbs, our Transformation Director has been recognised in the Retail Week Tech 100 Awards for his leadership on digital transformation over the past nine months during the COVID-19 crisis. The award also recognises the growth in our online business and commemorates David as he leads our transformation plans into 2021. 


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Boots is the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer with over 52,000 team members and 2,100 stores, ranging from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores.*

Boots serves its customers and patients for life as the leading provider of healthcare on the high street and the UK’s number one beauty destination. It offers an unrivalled depth and breadth of products, which incorporates its extensive own brand range and innovative portfolio of brands, including No7, the UK’s No1 skincare brand, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle Beauty and Sleek MakeUP.

2024 marks Boots’ 175th anniversary year. Founder John Boot opened a herbalist store in Nottingham in 1849 to offer an affordable alternative to traditional medicines. His son Jesse expanded the business to become a modern retailer and the biggest chemist in Britain. Throughout its history, Boots has listened, learned and innovated, and it continues to challenge itself to improve its products and services every day.

Boots is part of Walgreens Boots Alliance, which is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail.  More company information is available on

*Figures accurate as of 30 November 2023