Postmasters elected to the Post Office Board named

Postmasters Saf Ismail and Elliot Jacobs have been elected to the board of the UK Post Office as Non-Executive Directors.

Ismail operated six Post Offices in Lancashire and Greater Manchester while Jacobs runs seven Post Offices in London and Hertfordshire. They will formally join the board upon final approval of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and an induction and training programme.

Six postmasters ran for the two posts, and were elected from an electorate of 8,000 postmasters and partners.

Tim Parker, Chairman of the Post Office, said: “We have ambitious plans to unlock the Post Office’s potential so that by 2025 we are a sustainable and sought-after franchise. Having two serving Postmasters on our Board will help ensure our strategic direction is rooted in the reality of their experience and needs. It sends the clearest signal yet of our determination to ensure Postmasters are at the heart of our business.”

Postal Affairs Minister Paul Scully said: “Postmasters are at the very heart of the Post Office and should rightly have a strong voice at the very highest level in the organisation. Saf Ismail and Elliot Jacobs will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience as postmasters to the Post Office board, and their insight will be invaluable as the Post Office seeks to reset its relationship with postmasters.”

Nick Read, Chief Executive of Post Office, said: “I want to thank all six candidates for putting themselves forward for election and for a great campaign. Each had clear views about the challenges of running a Post Office and what needs to change to enable them to operate successfully, which is encouraging as we develop new ways of engaging with Postmasters. The independent panel made up of James Lowman, Shirine Khoury-Haq and Jean Church MBE ensured a strong set of candidates were on the ballot paper and I am grateful for their involvement in the first election to the Board in our 360-year history.”

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