NFSP chief to step down

07 August 2017

The Chief Executive of the National Federation of SubPostmasters (NFSP), George Thomson, is leaving after more than a decade at the head of the organisation.

Mr Thomson will step down on 30 May 2018, he shall be succeeded by Calum Greenhow, who currently serves as an NFSP Director and Council Member for Scotland.

Mr Thomson said:

“The NFSP is in a strong position; we have successfully transformed from a trade union to a trade association representing the largest retail network in the UK, we have secured a 15-year funding deal from Post Office Ltd, and we’ve begun to modernise our own services to best support the changing needs of subpostmasters.  I’m proud of the work the NFSP has done to secure a sustainable future for subpostmasters.  It is the right time for me to leave the organisation and pursue other challenges, beyond the post office industry.”

Mr Thomson joined the NFSP’s negotiating committee in 2004, and became General Secretary in 2007.  He was appointed Chief Executive in 2015 when the NFSP officially became a trade association, and limited company.

Mr Greenhow said:

“I am delighted to be appointed the new Chief Executive of the NFSP.  I have been working in the post office industry for 22 years, running a sub post office in West Linton, in the Scottish Borders with my wife, Gillian.  In that time the role of a subpostmaster has changed dramatically.  I passionately believe we must support the sub post office network, it will continue to have a significant role in delivering vital services whether that is postal, retail, or financial services.”

Mr Greenhow has been involved with the NFSP for six years, serving as a Benevolent Fund Officer, Branch Secretary for the South of Scotland branch (January 2012 – March 2017), and Branch President of that same branch (2011/12).  

Mr Greenhow said:

“I shall be an advocate for the entire subpostmaster network, working with government, Post Office Ltd, and other partners to support our members to run successful businesses.”

Mr Greenhow takes up the role on a part time basis from 27 September 2017, and will begin full-time from 1 June 2018.