Nick Candler was Finance Director from January 2006 to October 2013 then Chief Operating Officer of Pret A Manger till 2018. Nick was a driving force behind Pret’s expansion plans after a year of record sales and store openings, with the British sandwich chain now having 264 shops in the UK as part of its portfolio. Joining at a time when the company was starting to expand internationally, Nick has seen Pret undertake ambitious plans resulting in new shop openings in Paris and the US. Nick champions some of the company’s more philanthropic policies, including its innovative apprenticeship scheme, which provides short-term placements for ex-offenders and the homeless. In addition, he is responsible for Pret’s sustainability department.
Nick has been a Trustee of Project Art Works since 2004, and acted as Chair since October 2010 overseeing an exciting period of growth in the delivery of its innovative practice.