Baroness Karren Brady

'Bauble on a Christmas tree'

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Sir Philip Green and Karren Brady

The Sunday Times business editor Oliver Shah has been talking to Radio Four's Today programme about Karren Brady's decision to stand down as a chair of Sir Philip Green's retail empire Taveta.

She was a non-executive director who headed up its audit and risk committee.

Mr Shah says retail tycoon Green has long taken the approach of the late, controversial, businessman Tiny Rowland, namely that non-execs are "baubles on a Christmas tree".

Ms Brady's move comes after allegations of sexual harassment and racial abuse of staff, with Mr Green saying he has done nothing unlawful.

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Another non-executive director, Sharon Brown, has also resigned from Sir Philip Green's Taveta.

Baroness Karren Brady has stepped down as chair.

"Taveta thanks them for their contribution and wishes them well for the future. Taveta is in active discussions with individuals who have significant relevant experience and expects to make a further announcement as to the composition of its board shortly," the company said in a statement.

It added that board of the Taveta group’s main operating company, Arcadia Group Limited - chaired by group chief executive Ian Grabiner - and the boards of all the other trading companies within the group remain both unchanged and "committed to the group’s strategy for the benefit of all stakeholders".