FTSE 250 retailer Travis Perkins has hired a new general counsel from Dairy Crest after the departure of its former legal head Deborah Grimason.

Travis Perkins, which sells home improvement and building products, has appointed Robin Miller to the position. Miller has been the general counsel and company secretary of Dairy Crest for the last decade.

He trained at legacy Winckworth & Pemberton in the 1990s, taking on a series of in-house roles at WHSmith and Arcadia.

Robin Miller
Robin Miller

Miller replaces Grimason in the role after she left for ship management company V Group over the summer. In her absence, Travis Perkins’ chief financial officer assumed the additional role of company secretary for the interim.

Grimason was with Travis Perkins for nearly five years, joining the company from Lafarge Tarmac where she also served as the company’s legal head.

Travis Perkins was Grimason’s first post as a group general counsel and her first experience of a FTSE 100 company; the retailer has since fallen into the FTSE 250. Her main external advisers were Dempster Binning, Freeths, Herbert Smith Freehills, Linklaters and Spearing Waite.

In-house interview: Deborah Grimason, Travis Perkins