John Gildersleeve is a Senior Advisor to Africa Platform Capital, leveraging his considerable insight into consumer markets. John is one of the UK's most experienced retailers after spending 37 years at Tesco, 20 years as main board director. He is currently Chairman of British Land Plc (FTSE 100), Deputy Chairman of Talk Talk Plc and Spire Healthcare Plc. He recently stepped down from the board of Pick n Pay SA, one of the leading supermarket businesses in South Africa. Formerly John was Chairman of New Look, EMI Group, Carphone Warehouse Plc and Gallaher Group Plc, and non executive director of Lloyds TSB Bank, Vodafone Group and Dixons.