Andrew Bracey has been appointed chairman of Dobbies, the UK\u2019s second largest garden centre retailer, headquartered in Scotland.\nAndrew is a founding partner of Midlothian Capital Partners which together with Hattington\u00a0Capital recently acquired Dobbies from Tesco for \u00a3218m on a cash and debt-free basis.\n\nJohn Cleland, CEO of Dobbies, said:\u00a0\u201cAndrew has many years of experience in retail and has a genuine passion for Dobbies,\u00a0both of which will be of huge benefit to the business as we create a stronger, market leading\u00a0company. I look forward to working with him again, to grow the business and deliver a\u00a0success story.\u201d\n\nAndrew Bracey, chairman of Dobbies, said:\u00a0\u201cI have long admired Dobbies. It\u2019s one of the great retail brands in Britain with a strong\u00a0heritage and really bright prospects. I\u2019m very enthusiastic about the business as well as its\u00a0potential and therefore I\u2019m delighted to be joining as chairman, to support John and the\u00a0team, and to help steer Dobbies to future growth.\u201d\n\nBarney Burgess of Hattington Capital, said:\u00a0\u201cAndrew has an infectious enthusiasm for Dobbies which combined with his extensive\u00a0experience of the retail industry makes him the ideal Chairman for the business. I\u2019m very\u00a0pleased that he\u2019s agreed to take on the role.\u201d\n\nAndrew has spent much of his career working in the retail industry, most recently as CFO at\u00a0Ocado Group plc where he helped the take the company from its early development through\u00a0to its IPO. As a senior financier he led a number of landmark transactions in the retail sector.