Archie has also served as Chairman of Lazard UK, Asda Chief Executive and ITV Chairman. Archie was previously a management consultant at McKinsey and a non-executive director on the Board of a number of companies including British Raid, Railtrack and GEEST, Railtrack. He was a member of a three strong team that established and built Kingfisher plc.
He was previously the youngest partner at McKinsey and Co and has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MA from Cambridge University. He is on the Board of the NIESR, has Honorary Doctorates from York University and Leeds Metropolitan University, was a Director of the Judge Institute, has been elected to the Marketing Society Hall of Fame, and been voted Retailer of the Year and Yorkshire Businessman of the Year. In December 2010 he was awarded the Institute of Turnaround Professionals Lifetime Achievement Award.