Roger Pedder, the former chairman of Clarks, has died at the age of 74 after battling with leukaemia. Pedder joined Clarks Shoes as a graduate trainee in 1963. He left Clarks in 1969 to pursue other retail roles at companies including BHS and Burton. He rejoined Clarks in 1988 as a non-executive director and served as chairman between 1993 and 2006, when he retired. He was later chairman of Ethel Austin, Bargain Booze and Spa & Salon International.