Matt Bates to leave WH Smith after 31 years

Matt Bates to leave WH Smith after 31 years

Influential WH Smith Travel fiction buyer Matt Bates is leaving the company after 31 years to return to education. He will be studying English Literature and Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London, something he has "always dreamed of doing".

Bates will leave WH Smith in mid-June and the company is currently recruiting for his replacement.

Bates joined WH Smith in 1987, aged 16, directly after school. He began his career working in a store in Enfield, North London. A year later he was made a department manager and he then worked across various stores in London including Watford...

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