Speakers

Alastair Stirling Industry Head, Retail, Google

Alex HamiltonHead of Innovation Projects, Isobar

Alex MurrayDigital Director, Lidl

Alexander BartholomewManaging Director, Performance Cycling, Halfords

Alison LancasterInterim Digital Marketing Director, Fanatics (International)

Amaar MohammadallyStrategic Services Consultant, Monetate

Ash RootsManaging Director of Digital, BT.

Ben StaggHead of Client Management, Barclaycard

Charlotte BriscallHead Of Digital Experience, Group Digital, Sainsbury's

Chloë ThomasFounder, eCommerce MasterPlan

Chris DawsonEditor-in-Chief, Tamebay

Chris GreenwoodChief Information Officer, Mamas and Papas

Chris NoveHead of Data Strategy, Shop Direct

Darragh VerschoyleE-Commerce Manager, Eason

David LloydManaging Director, UK & Nordics, Alibaba Group

David MannheimFounder and CEO, UserConversion

Derek HardingGroup Finance Director and Former Interim CEO, Shop Direct

Duncan LicenceVP, Global Solutions and New Products, MetaPack Group

Ed BidenHead of Product, Depop

Elliott ClaytonSenior Vice President Media UK, Conversant

Emre EkmekciPresident-International, Hepsiburada.com

Heike ZellerhoffManager Sales & Relations UK, Shopware AG

Ian JindalCo-founder and Editor in Chief, InternetRetailing

Jan Florian RichardDirector BPO Finance, Arvato Financial Solutions

Jeremy CluttonGlobal Director, Sales & Partners (eCommerce), Lingo24

Joey MooreHead of Product Marketing, Episerver

Johan Riis JohansenHead of Digital Services Development, Coop Danmark

Jonathan WallChief Digital Officer, Missguided

Joris BeckersFounder, Picnic

Joris BryonChief Optimisation Officer, dexter.agency

Julien CalledeFounder, Made.com

Justis SaaymanHead of Strategic Services, Fresh Relevance

Kerry LoweSenior Product Manager, Argos

Laurel WolfeMarketing Director, Klarna

Lee CashDirector of Sales, PredictSpring

Maureen McDonaghIndustry Head - Retail, Facebook

Neil AshworthCOO Yodel and CEO CollectPlus

Nicholas WeberBusiness Consultancy Director, Inviqa

Nick LansleyInnovation Insider

Nicola CarmyllieManaging Director, Translation Laboratory

Nicolas VedrenneChief Business Development Officer, SafeCharge

Nitin MangtaniCEO & Founder, PredictSpring

Padraig SlatteryVP Retail, SafeCharge

Paul SulyokFounder & CEO, Green Man Gaming

Phil BarnesDirector of Supply Chain, N Brown Group

Rachel SwidenbankVP Commercial & Community, Depop

Richard BlanchardDirector, Transaction Partnership

Richard JollyDirector, Business Development, ACI Worldwide

Robin PhillipsChief Executive Officer, The Watch Shop

Roger PercyCEO, Percy Group

Sacha WilliamsGlobal Development Director, MetaPack Group

Sacha WilsonDirector, Tax Technology Solutions EMEA, Avalara

Sam ClarkeFounder, Gnewt

Samir BandaliDirector of Strategic Partnerships, CoinPayments

Sara ProwseChief Executive Officer, Hotter

Sean BennettDirector - Consumer Markets, Shape Security

Sean McKeeDirector of Ecommerce and Customer Experience, Schuh

Sébastien HénonDirector of Consumer Information Systems, Clarins Group

Simon FinchDirector of Distribution, Harrods

Walter BlackwoodOmnichannel Logistics Expert

Alastair Stirling

Industry Head, Retail, Google

Alastair currently works with retailers to understand the role of digital in their businesses and how they can take advantage of it to support their growth. Over his 10 years at Google he has worked with a wide variety of businesses from pureplays to multi-channel and lead generation, across multiple retailing categories. He is currently focused on the Home and DIY sector and specifically on understanding the role online plays in driving offline sales and the resultant implications for retailers.

Alex Hamilton

Head of Innovation Projects, Isobar

Alex Hamilton is Head of Innovation at Isobar UK.

With a background in retail, he specialises in understanding the opportunities/challenges facing retailers and the role digital is playing in reshaping the industry.

During his career, Alex has delivered bespoke innovation projects for a range of multinational clients, including Desigual, LEGO and Swarovski.

He holds a First-Class degree in BSc Economics from the University of Sussex and is based in London.

Alex Murray

Digital Director, Lidl

Alex Murray is Digital Director at Lidl, previously holding a number of ecommerce and multichannel roles at Waitrose, GAME and Berry Bros. & Rudd. He has 18 years digital experience, leading diverse teams through periods of rapid growth and transformation and is passionate about creating memorable digital experiences that drive customer advocacy and repeat business.

Alexander Bartholomew

Managing Director, Performance Cycling, Halfords

Alexander is Managing Director, Performance Cycling, Halfords and MD of Tredz Bikes, the rapidly growing premium cycling retailer, recently acquired by Halfords Group

Alexander is a high-performance leader with commercial, technical, and board level management experience. He has led businesses with a significant digital or multichannel element in varied environments from start-ups to established brands including The Range, Dunelm, and Waitrose. Customer & profit focused, he has a firm understanding of how to achieve growth and realise business transformation.

Alison Lancaster

Interim Digital Marketing Director, Fanatics (International)

Alison is Interim Digital Marketing Director at Fanatics International – the International arm of the world’s largest omni-channel retailer of licensed sports merchandise and fan gear. Fanatics International offer best in-class e-commerce solutions to many of the world’s leading sports clubs and organisations such as  Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Valencia, Olympique de Marseille; American Sports (NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS) and manages the omni-channel operations for Manchester City, Everton, Aston Villa;  F1, The Ryder Cup, Le Tour de France, England Rugby, WRU, It also operates it’s own branded Fanatics and Kitbag digital sites.  Alison is part of the executive leadership team based in Manchester, with rapidly expanding International offices in Japan, Germany and Spain. Fanatics HQ is in the USA.

Prior to joining Fanatics in June 2018, Alison spent two years at House of Fraser in various interim roles including Chief Customer Officer and Marketing Director.  Previous roles including the set up of JohnLewis.com and Debenhams.com; launching Fashion, Beauty and Home on Harrods.com, as well as working for numerous market leading lifestyle and specialist brands such as Charles Tyrwhitt, White Stuff, Bravissimo and Kiddicare.  Alison’s career in the omni-channel retailing, digital, data, advertising and marketing areas has also encompassed time at Europe’s largest designer outlet, McArthurGlen/SPG, Waitrose Wines, Morrisons Supermarkets and Bonmarché. Alison is passionate about retail innovation, customer experience, brands and all things digital!

Alison is an Ambassador for ‘Be Inspired’ and Women in Retail, previous Chair of the Direct Commerce Association, and holds a number of Advisory Board roles including a member of the eConsultancy Digital Advisory Board.

Amaar Mohammadally

Strategic Services Consultant, Monetate

Amaar Mohammadally is an experienced online retail consultant, providing expert advice and direction to help brands grow their business. As Monetate’s Senior Strategy Consultant, Amaar uses his wealth of experience to help translate customer needs and challenges, into strategies and recommendations to maximise e-commerce and online marketing metrics.

Ash Roots

Managing Director of Digital, BT.

Ash is a creative and commercial senior leader with more than 17 years of experience helping start-up and established companies take advantage of the internet to drive financial and customer goals.

Across websites, applications, social-media, mobile and digital content, he has been responsible for transforming businesses by creating great people orientated digital products and services.

 

Ben Stagg

Head of Client Management, Barclaycard

Ben is responsible for a team of Client Managers, who focus on managing the relationships of 200 national brands.  His team provide strategic advice on how clients can best manage their payment requirements.  Throughout his career he has held a number of Client and Account Manager roles, working with some of the most recognisable brands in the UK, including Orange, Hilton, Post Office, IHG, Audi and RBS.   Over the past 10 years he has worked across a number of payment channels within Barclaycard, and brings this knowledge and expertise to help support some of our most recognised brands.

Charlotte Briscall

Head Of Digital Experience, Group Digital, Sainsbury's

Charlotte Briscall has been leading the Digital Experience team at Sainsbury’s since February 2014.

In this role Charlotte has built a digital experience capability covering ux, insights, research and delivery from zero to a team that now has design responsibility across the online groceries business, digital payments, retail labour management, HR services and Sainsbury’s Bank.

She studied Product Design at Brunel University and sits on the examination board for the Global Innovation Design masters at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London.

 

Chloë Thomas

Founder, eCommerce MasterPlan

Best selling Author, International Speaker, and host of both the eCommerce MasterPlan Podcast and Virtual Summit.

Chloë Thomas has been in eCommerce since 2003, she’s worked client-side, agency-side, and adviser-side. Working with a wide variety of retailers from high street omnichannel operations, to fresh online only start-ups, covering international launches, subscription, B2B and even dabbling in marketplaces.

Chloë’s speciality is solving eCommerce Marketing Problems from how to increase new customer acquisition, to improving the performance of email marketing newsletters.

Power Retail (Australia) named Chloë as one of the top 10 eCommerce commentators in the world, and the podcast is regularly named as one of the top eCommerce podcasts in the world.

Chris Dawson

Editor-in-Chief, Tamebay

Chris Greenwood

Chief Information Officer, Mamas and Papas

Chris Greenwood is an innovative business technology professional with expertise in digital transformation, omnichannel retail, eCommerce, supply chain, WMS and ERP. He is a senior leader passionate about developing talent within agile teams and currently CIO at Mamas & Papas where he has worked for the past 28 years. 

 As CIO/CTO Chris is responsible for IT strategy and solutions for omnichannel, supply chain, ERP, eCommerce and digital transformation.

 Prior to Mamas & Papas Chris was an IT and sound recording technician and lecturer at Barnsley College of Technology. 

Chris Nove

Head of Data Strategy, Shop Direct

Biography

Summary

Chris is a passionate data professional with over 20 years of experience across both Retail and Financial Services. He has a proven track record in delivering significant benefits through effective and innovative utilisation of organisations’ data assets.

Career

Chris joined Shop Direct in 2010 to head its Retail & Financial Services Targeting team; a notable achievement within this role was an analytical project that led directly to a clear business case to remove physical catalogues from the business.

In 2014 Chris became Head of Business Insight & Data Strategy with a brief to democratise insight across the business and form a clear roadmap to drive maximum value from Shop Direct’s crown jewels – its data.

His current focus is on delivering a world-class data asset that enables decision-makers across the business to have easy access to the data & insight they need and the tools to make best use of it.

Prior to joining Shop Direct, Chris held data & analysis posts across a range of businesses in both Retail and Financial Services including: Lloyds Banking Group, MBNA Europe, The Co-operative Group, Matalan & Empire Stores.

Darragh Verschoyle

E-Commerce Manager, Eason

Darragh is the E-Commerce Manager for Irish book retailer Eason. He has been working in E-Commerce since 2011 and spent 5 years running the Northern Europe online portfolio for video game retailer GameStop. He has experience working both client and agency side and has a background in Web & Graphic design.

David Lloyd

Managing Director, UK & Nordics, Alibaba Group

David Lloyd was appointed Managing Director for Alibaba Group in the UK, Ireland & Nordics in July 2017, having joined the business in October 2016 as Business Development Director. He is responsible for all business units across the three markets, however his primary responsibility lies in helping businesses across the UK, Ireland and Nordics understand and seize the opportunity that lies in wait for foreign brands in China.

He brings extensive knowledge of the retail and technology industries to the role, having spent nine years at Google UK working closely with UK retailers and overseeing the UK Retail and Technology sectors.

David holds a BA in English Literature and French from Oxford University and is a keen half marathon runner in his spare time.

David Mannheim

Founder and CEO, UserConversion

Founder and CEO at User Conversion – a 100% dedicated conversion optimisation agency in Manchester. Designing and maturing experimentation programs for Mamas and Papas, Ernest Jones, Travis Perkins, British Red Cross, Papa Johns and more with a sensational team who, mostly, support Manchester United.

Derek Harding

Group Finance Director and Former Interim CEO, Shop Direct

Derek joined Shop Direct’s executive board in July 2017 as group finance director. In addition to his finance responsibilities, Derek also oversees external communications, strategy and the
commercial teams. Prior to Henry’s arrival in May 2018, Derek spent a short period as interim group chief executive alongside his role of group finance director.

Derek joined Shop Direct from Senior PLC, the FTSE250 international engineering group, where he held the role of group finance director. Prior to joining Senior, Derek was at Wolseley plc for 11
years, most recently as finance director of Wolseley UK. As the UK’s largest integrated pureplay digital retailer and financial services provider, Shop Direct has annual sales of £1.96 billion. Our brands include Very.co.uk, Littlewoods.com and LittlewoodsIreland.ie. We receive an average of more than 1.4 million website visits every day, with 74% of online sales completed on mobile devices.

We exist to make good things easily accessible to more people. With our multi-category range of famous brands, market-leading technology and data capabilities and unique financial services products offering flexible ways to pay, we’re well placed to deliver on that promise. We sell more than 1,800 famous brands, including big name labels and our own exclusive brands.
We have four million customers and deliver 49 million products every year. Our free click-and collect service, CollectPlus, delivers to 7,000 stores across the country, increasing ease and
convenience for customers.

For more information on Shop Direct, visit www.shopdirect.com or follow us @ShopDirect

Duncan Licence

VP, Global Solutions and New Products, MetaPack Group

Duncan is responsible for helping MetaPack’s existing and prospective customers to get the most from MetaPack’s products in order to them grow their businesses. Duncan and his team of Solution Architects works closely with many of the worlds largest retailers to help them navigate the complex, fast-moving world of enterprise e-commerce.

Duncan Licence joined MetaPack from iForce, where as Director of IT, he led the technology, managing the integration and operation of iForce’s systems and was instrumental in the company’s digital transformation program, which produced iForce’s first SaaS product, Route Genie.

Ed Biden

Head of Product, Depop

Ed is Head of Product at Depop, an online social marketplace with over 10M users globally (of which over 80% are under 25). Depop has raised $40m from top tier investors such as Balderton, Creandum and Octopus, and has a triple digit growth rate. Previously Ed launched numerous businesses for Rocket Internet across Europe, worked on multi-million DAU mobile games at Wooga, and also has experience in VC and at McKinsey.

Elliott Clayton

Senior Vice President Media UK, Conversant

Conversant’s senior vice president of media in the UK, Elliott holds a decade of expertise in media personalisation, blending technology, strategy, and massive data for many of the top Fortune 500 companies. As senior vice president, Elliott focuses on the importance of accountable media spend through personalisation at scale, leading Conversant’s vision in solving the most challenging digital media issues facing CMOs and media agencies today.

Emre Ekmekci

President-International, Hepsiburada.com

Heike Zellerhoff

Manager Sales & Relations UK, Shopware AG

As Manager Sales & Relations UK at Shopware, Heike Zellerhoff spearheads business development in Ireland and the UK. Heike has accompanied the internationalisation of Shopware from the beginning. After completing her Master’s in English and American Culture and Business Administration in Passau, Kassel and Aberdeen, Heike joined Shopware and gathered first-hand experience as Key Account Manager in the international team, consulting customers and partners around the world, mainly in the UK. Heike’s profound knowledge in international eCommerce and retail led to her assuming responsibility for the management of assigned markets, marketing plans and all other strategic activities. Heike is deeply involved with partners and enterprise customers across different industries, which allows her to develop tailor-made strategies for ongoing eCommerce success.”

Ian Jindal

Co-founder and Editor in Chief, InternetRetailing

Ian Jindal is a consultant, publisher and advisor in eCommerce and multichannel retail. Ian , providing insight and research for Europe’s etailers and multichannel retailers (www.internetretailing.net).

Ian co-founded RetailX, researching performance in multichannel retail, brands and vendors. In 2015 InternetRetailing launched the UK Top500 ranking of retailers (IRUK) and in 2016 the first performance-based ranking of European’s retailers, (www.internetretailing.net/iruk) and (www.internetretailing.net/ireu)

Ian’s retail clients include Selfridges, House of Fraser, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Asda, Couturelab, Waitrose, De Bijenkorf, Kering, Disney, IKEA and Walgreens Boots Alliance. Previously Ian was Group eCommerce Director at Littlewoods Shop Direct, and Head of Online Operations at the BBC. Ian founded the European eCommerce Forum, is an Advisor to eCommerce Europe and authored the UK’s first MSc in Internet Retailing.

Jan Florian Richard

Director BPO Finance, Arvato Financial Solutions

With 15+ years’ experience in payments, Jan’s focus is on setting up agnostic end-to-end payment solutions for international enterprise merchants. His work ranges from delivering pre-implementation work such as structuring RFIs and orchestrating RFPs on behalf to actual delivery of value added solutions such as global fraud reviews or dispute management services.

Jan lives with his wife and one (almost two) kids in Dortmund, Germany.

Jeremy Clutton

Global Director, Sales & Partners (eCommerce), Lingo24

Jeremy heads up the specialist team supporting our eCommerce customers at Lingo24. This basically means working with global B2B, retail, brand owners and travel companies in supporting their global expansion through digital channels.

Having worked in a number of industries including in advertising for Diageo, Jeremy has a firm grasp on the challenges business of all sizes face in taking their products to a global audience and in aligning the investment and the returns to understand how to de-risk new markets while maximising opportunities for success.

Having over 12 years of experience in localisation he is able to marry the technical, with the cultural and understand how positioning varies by offering. Jeremy is particularly strong in understanding the movement towards a single expectation around experience when consuming in our personal lives and our business lives and the opportunity this presents for those who get it right.

Joey Moore

Head of Product Marketing, Episerver

Joey has spent the last decade working with retailers from all around the globe to advance their digital maturity. With particular specialisms in platforms, personalisation and user experience Joey understands what it takes for organisations to be successful in this rapidly evolving landscape.

Joey clearly enjoys presenting to audiences of all sizes and his passion for digital keeps the audience engaged and keen to find out more.

Johan Riis Johansen

Head of Digital Services Development, Coop Danmark

I have worked in the digital industry for more than 15 years and delivered everything from successful global brand campaigns to optimising revenue performance activities on conversion funnels and the multi touch-point journey the consumers take to get there. Currently my responsibility is to establish and facilitate continuous business development of all digital services related to retail and customer engagement through data driven Devops teams.

Jonathan Wall

Chief Digital Officer, Missguided

Jonathan Wall began his e-commerce career at dabs.com when, in September 1999, the decision was taken to transform the IT catalogue mail order business. As marketing director, Jonathan and his team were instrumental to the success of Dabs online and helped dabs.com become one of the UK’s first and most successful pure-play online retailers. Jonathan was responsible for Product Management, E-Commerce and consumer sales and as an Executive Director reported directly to the founder and CEO.
In April 2006, dabs.com was sold to BT Retail and Jonathan helped with the integration of the business into BT and the transition of the BT Shop onto Dabs’ e-commerce platform.
Jonathan left Dabs in September 2008 after a successful transition period to become CEO at Flowersdirect.co.uk, one of the UK’s leading online florists. With its 900 member florists across the UK offering same day delivery of flowers and gifts, Flowersdirect was on its way to becoming established as a strong challenger to the established hierarchy in the floral sector and Jonathan oversaw a business transformation that included new business and e-commerce systems and the overhaul of the product offering.
In April 2010, Jonathan took on the role of Group e-commerce director at Shop Direct Group. With control of the commercial performance of the group’s websites, Jonathan’s expertise is being used to drive new visitors to the sites. Jonathan’s remit also includes the optimisation of these sites and improving conversion rates and visitor journeys. In July 2012 Jonathan took on the responsibility of development of the websites following the departure of the E-Commerce Development director and now looks after Web Development, Usability & the User Journey of
Shop Direct’s websites. After seeing the complete transformation of Shop Direct from a catalogue retailer to one of the UK’s leading Digital businesses Jonathan left Shop Direct in August 2017 to take on the role of Chief Digital Officer at Missguided and several Advisory and Non-Exec positions.

Joris Beckers

Founder, Picnic

Joris Bryon

Chief Optimisation Officer, dexter.agency

Joris Bryon is the co-founder of dexter.agency, a remote team of conversion optimisation specialists. The agency serves high-revenue e-commerce stores that are ready for continuous growth. With nearly 1,000 A/B tests under his belt, Bryon wrote the book “Kill Your Conversion Killers with The Dexter MethodTM – A Pragmatic Approach to Conversion Optimisation for E-commerce” to help all the online stores he hasn’t worked with (yet).
Along with keeping his hands in day-to-day client projects, he regularly lectures on conversion optimisation at the University College Ghent in Belgium.
Bryon is Belgian, lived in Malta for a while, resides in Spain, co-founded the agency with his Swedish business partner Marcus, and works on a daily basis with his remote team spread out over countries like the United States, Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Thailand, Vietnam and Malta. The team works with clients spread out across the globe. An interesting international mix that definitely spices up the agency.

Julien Callede

Founder, Made.com

Julien Callède co-founded the online furniture brand Made.com where he was a member of the board and acted mainly as COO and later Director of International expansion. Made.com gives customers in now 8 countries in Europe access to great quality & original design furniture items, at an amazing price. After less than 7 years of trading, Made.com reached sales of around 140M€ in 2017, turning cash profitable the same year, and is still growing extremely fast, leveraging a fast growing community of hundreds thousands of happy customers across Europe.

Justis Saayman

Head of Strategic Services, Fresh Relevance

Justis Saayman is the Head of Strategic Services at Fresh Relevance.

In his role, Justis plans and executes marketing strategies for Fresh Relevance clients, helping them to drive more customer engagement and revenue by leveraging upcoming marketing trends and finding ways to connect the dots in this massive technological landscape.

With more than 15 years experience in visual communications, Justis has worked with businesses from start-up to enterprise level on conceptualising and optimising their marketing strategies across all channels, holding previous roles at IBM, moo.com, Just Eat and more.

Kerry Lowe

Senior Product Manager, Argos

Kerry Lowe is a digital leader with over ten years of experience working within the retail industry. Throughout her career she has built and optimised products and services to drive business growth through exceptional customer experiences. She has led strategic, budgetary and tactical roll outs of ecommerce products for multiple global brands whilst working in-house and agency side. Kerry is currently a Senior Product Manager at Argos.

Laurel Wolfe

Marketing Director, Klarna

Laurel is responsible for UK marketing at high-growth fintech Klarna. Prior to joining Klarna, she spent many years at leading payments technology vendor Verifone (NYSE: PAY), looking after their European marketing activity. Laurel has 15+ years international marketing leadership experience across tech and financial services – producing award-winning campaigns, achieving commercial targets and winning new business along the way. Laurel is a proud alumna of the University of Texas and their prestigious creative advertising programme.

Lee Cash

Director of Sales, PredictSpring

Following completion of a degree in Materials Engineering from Bath University, Lee begin his career in 1997 in magazine publishing for the computing industry before moving into digital in 1999.

Over the last 20 years he has represented a range of companies in the digital advertising, marketing technology and ecommerce sectors, most notably founding FusePump, a marketing technology company which he sold to WPP in 2014.

Lee joined PredictSpring in 2018 to help retailers understand how they could better utilise and deploy mobile commerce technologies.

Maureen McDonagh

Industry Head - Retail, Facebook

Maureen joined Facebook to focus on growing Facebook’s UK Grocery business. Maureen’s experience spans across Sales and Marketing, Client Management, Operations, Strategy and Mergers and Acquisitions.

Prior to Facebook, Maureen was on the Leadership Board for Nectar, managing eCommerce and Digital Media. During her time at Nectar she launched Nectar’s Women in Leadership programme and Innovation platform.

Many of Maureen’s defining career moments came from her time at News International, working on commercializing digital and content assets for The Times, Sunday Times and The Sun to drive revenue. During her time, she was responsible for launching Su Doku merchandise to the UK retail market.

Neil Ashworth

COO Yodel and CEO CollectPlus

Ashworth has been CEO of CollectPlus since 2013. He became an executive board member of Yodel in January 2017, following the change of CollectPlus’ status from joint venture to wholly owned subsidiary of the carrier. In November 2017 Ashworth was appointed Chief Commercial Officer of Yodel overseeing Yodel’s sales, client and commercial development teams, including insight, innovation and customer service.

Neil has bought a wealth of retail experience to both Yodel and CollectPlus. His previous roles include six years at Tesco, where he was instrumental in designing and launching Tesco Direct and he has also held senior positions at Woolworths and Hallmark. Ashworth was recently honoured with the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Sir Robert Lawrence Award, a lifetime achievement accolade that celebrates pioneering and innovative contribution to digital retailing.

Nicholas Weber

Business Consultancy Director, Inviqa

Nicholas is a business consultancy director at digital consultancy Inviqa. A strategic and innovative thinker with 12 years’ buying experience in retail and foodservice, a previous role saw Nicholas pioneer an ecommerce proposition for an £1.6 billion B2B business.

Nick Lansley

Innovation Insider

Nick is one of the founders of UK retailer Tesco’s online service, serving online customers with wine, books and groceries from the mid-1990s.

Nick formed Tesco’s first innovation team in 2000, testing and implementing new technologies to help make work simpler and easier for colleagues. He also shaped new customer offerings such as the ‘Tesco Access’ site for blind customers and the first mobile phone app for grocery shopping in 2003 as well as the first Tesco iPhone app in 2009.

Nick has championed open innovation through Tesco Labs, creating the Tesco API for groceries and engaging with the third party developer community with ‘TJAM’ events where start-ups can meet Tesco executives.

Now ex-Tesco, Nick describes himself as an “Innovation Insider” with a passion for bringing pragmatic innovation techniques and ways-of-working to areas of business that want to start their own innovation teams, or who are struggling to get traction with innovation project.

Nicola Carmyllie

Managing Director, Translation Laboratory

Nicola has been working in the localisation industry for 17 years, holds an MA in Interpreting and Translation, and speaks various languages. Having worked with some of the world’s biggest brands, including Honda, Hitachi, IBM and Lenovo, Nicola is an expert in helping companies go global. She has recently worked with retailers, such as Viking and Merlin Cycles to help them grow their international businesses.

Nicolas Vedrenne

Chief Business Development Officer, SafeCharge

Mr. Nicolas Vedrenne is the Chief Business Development Officer at SafeCharge where he is supporting the growth of the ePayment market globally. Prior to joining the company, Nicolas was instrumental in creating and managing the European Operations of the Merchant Risk Council (MRC), and managed several Experian businesses as President of Hispano America and CEO of their Spanish operations. Adding to his vast experience, Nicolas has worked at various companies such as Société Générale, Sema Group and Monext, specialising in payment systems, fraud prevention, risk management and credit bureau. With his passion for cross-cultural understanding, Nicolas was involved in championing Madrid city for the 2016 & 2020 Olympic Games. Additionally, he co-wrote a book about “change and transformation”, and is co-founder of an NGO specialising in micro-credits for developing countries. Nicolas is trilingual in English, French and Spanish (first foreigner to be certified by the Spanish Institute), and has worked throughout Europe, UK, Latin America and Spain. Nicolas has a Masters from the Paris School of Business (ESG, Paris).

Nitin Mangtani

CEO & Founder, PredictSpring

Nitin Mangtani is Founder & CEO of PredictSpring, the first unified mobile platform powering seamless shopping experiences in the store and out of the store for brands. Nitin is a former Googler and visionary behind Google Shopping. Nitin led the Google Shopping team for 7+ years and helped scale the platform to hundreds of thousands of retailers worldwide. Prior to Google, Nitin was a founding member of data infrastructure group at BEA. BEA was acquired by Oracle for $8.5 billion.

Padraig Slattery

VP Retail, SafeCharge

Padraig Slattery is an experienced finance executive who has comprehensive experience developing go-to-market strategies and undertaking creative concepts for growth across multiple verticals including Retail, Digital, Travel, Finance, Telecoms, and Automotive. Consistent and flexible, Padraig has a proven track record delivering complex payment solutions to some of the world’s most recognisable and fastest growing brands.

Paul Sulyok

Founder & CEO, Green Man Gaming

Paul is the Founder and CEO of Green Man Gaming, an award-winning global eCommerce technology company in the video games industry. His disruptive innovation and entrepreneurship has driven Green Man Gaming’s fast growth success from a team of three working with just 26 publishers in 2010 to one of the largest multi-platform digital game retailers in the world today. From its headquarters in Kings Cross, London (UK), Green Man Gaming offers gamers in 195 countries a wide catalogue of digital games, a social platform for the community and a games publishing business. Leveraging its patented technology, Green Man Gaming also partners with game publishers and leading hardware manufacturers such as Intel® and Lenovo to support their marketing initiatives.

As an already distinguished business leader, Paul is passionate about raising the profile of British businesses and technology internationally. He also believes in the truly immersive and engaging power of video games as an unrivalled form of entertainment and strives to promote the benefits of the industry at every opportunity.

Before Green Man Gaming, Paul founded Prizefight, a hybrid of video games and betting, and built customised algorithmic trading engines for the cash equity markets.  He was also a management consultant, a banker and an Officer in HM Forces.

Phil Barnes

Director of Supply Chain, N Brown Group

Phil Barnes is the Director of Supply Chain Director of N Brown Group one of the UK’s leading online retailers.

The key brands are JD Williams, Simply Be and Jacamo. Their aim is all about democratising fashion and being size inclusive, focusing on the needs of underserved customer groups – size 20+ and age 50+. They offer an extensive range of products, predominantly clothing, footwear and homewares, and the Financial Services proposition allows customers to spread the cost of shopping with us.

They are headquartered in Manchester where they design, source and create the product offer and employ over 2,600 people across the UK.

Phil joined the group February 2018 from SIG plc (a £3bn turnover building supply business) where he was their Group Supply Chain Director. Phil was responsible for delivering their transformation programme across Europe.

Phil has previously worked for Sainsbury’s, Wilkinson’s, Homebase and Waitrose where he held a range of roles, including logistics and operations, commercial planning and buying, gaining him a wealth of retail experience.

Phil has been married for 27 years and has two son’s.

Rachel Swidenbank

VP Commercial & Community, Depop

Rachel Swidenbank leads the commercial and community functions at Depop, an online social marketplace with over 10M users globally (of which over 80% are under 25). Previously Rachel worked on International Strategy at GoCardless and Lead International growth at Codecademy. She also founded her own business – a marketplace for independent cooks. Prior to working in the ‘start-up’ world Rachel worked as a Consultant at Bain & Company.

Richard Blanchard

Director, Transaction Partnership

Richard has worked as a pioneer in multi-channel retailing since the 1980’s. At Littlewoods Shop Direct he pursued a career through direct marketing, customer relationship management and on to new business development via e-commerce. He left Littlewoods to start up his own e-commerce consultancy in 2007 and has since driven major e-commerce change projects at Matalan, O’Neill and DW Sports, as well as undertaking strategic health checks on retailers large and small to facilitate further growth such as Harvey Nichols and Robinsons equestrian. Richard loves the challenge of unearthing latent business potential by adding his business insight and e-commerce expertise.

Richard Jolly

Director, Business Development, ACI Worldwide

Richard has accumulated 17+ years’ experience in the payments sector, with senior management roles across the payment ecosystem for card present, eWallet, card not present, mobile wallets organisations.  His payments career Including working for market leaders such as PayPal and a fintech start-up leading to its successful IPO.  His current responsibilities at ACI focus on managing the business development strategy for the ACI ecommerce and risk management platforms in Europe.

Richard lives in London, keeping close to the every changing fintech environment.

Robin Phillips

Chief Executive Officer, The Watch Shop

Board level retail leader with deep digital experience. Robin has a successful track record of delivering Omnichannel transformation, whilst driving growth and profits in the most challenging and competitive of retail markets.

His passion is in devising winning Brand and Customer strategies, building and implementing the Solutions needed across Digital, Retail, Product, Marketing, IT and HR, aligning the whole organisation to deliver the Omnichannel P&L. Robin has a unique track record of delivery in this space at his previous roles at John Lewis, Waitrose, Boots and Kurt Geiger.

In August 2018 Robin was appointed CEO of The Watch Shop.

Roger Percy

CEO, Percy Group

Roger previously has founded and sold brand companies over a 20-year period and supplied products and services at every level.
Roger and his team help senior executives and management teams overcome the technical barriers to growing cross-border revenues on International Marketplaces such as Amazon. They provide using award-winning, cutting-edge services and software, and help to develop a customer-centric strategy, while maintaining a keen eye on the bottom line.
Roger is as passionate an entrepreneur as he is a husband and father, and is always delighted to hear from like-minded people to work with.

Sacha Williams

Global Development Director, MetaPack Group

Sacha Williams is Global Development Director at MetaPack, previously leading the growth of ecommerce platform, order management and data decisioning sales for eCommera. With 16 years digital experience, he has worked with a wide number of B2C and B2B organisations helping them develop and implement digital commerce and business transformation capabilities successfully.

At MetaPack, Sacha works with leading enterprise organisations focusing on helping them accelerate and differentiate their delivery, service and customer experience proposition.

Sacha Wilson

Director, Tax Technology Solutions EMEA, Avalara

Sacha Wilson is Avalara’s Director, Tax Technology Solutions EMEA, Avalara whose team helps businesses of all size automate the complexities of global tax compliance. Sacha’s background in business development and ecommerce spans over 20 years and covers blue-chips such as Amazon and Arcelor-Mittal as well as several dotcom start-ups. During 11 years at Amazon he launched and grew a number of programmes including Amazon’s Marketplace, Fulfilment by Amazon, Amazon Pay and Product Ads. He brings a depth in understanding of ecommerce and the tax issues facing European businesses involved in global trade.

Sam Clarke

Founder, Gnewt

Sam is a life-long entrepreneur co-founding and running start-ups. The current business Gnewt Cargo, which began as an Angel-invested company in 2009, has enjoyed exponential growth ever since and has won multiple awards from the electric vehicle, logistics and environmental sectors. The company narrowly missed out on a place in the Sunday Times Rich List 2015 as one of the UK’s fastest growing companies.

Gnewt was part-sold in 2014 by DX PLC at a £3.5m valuation five years after inception and has subsequently now been acquired in full by John Menzies Plc for an undisclosed fee.

His extensive experience with electric vehicle development and utilisation in the UK and has helped Gnewt develop its operational model, building quality relationships with key clients, the wider industry and Governmental bodies, most notably the London Mayors Office at City Hall.

He is a previous Merit winner at the Great British Entrepreneurs Awards, a Fellow to the National Institute of Couriers and a sector chair for the same institution on the area of Electric Vehicles.

Sam is a regular public speaker and has previously provided evidence to the Transport Select Committee on the future of urban freight. In 2016 & 2017, he was voted #21 in the greenfleet.net top 100 most influential people in Low Carbon Fleets.

Samir Bandali

Director of Strategic Partnerships, CoinPayments

A passionate and motivated cryptocurrency advocate for over 2 years, Samir has a strong background in Computer Science, Financial Management, with a wealth of experience in Client Relations. Starting out as an enthusiast and investor, he quickly used his interpersonal skills to develop a widespread global network in the industry. Samir’s unparalleled passion for decentralization fuels his drive as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for CoinPayments Inc, a multi currency wallet solution offering support for over 900 digital currencies as well as merchant plugins for ecommerce solutions such as Shopify, Magento and WooCommerce.

Sara Prowse

Chief Executive Officer, Hotter

Over 25 years of multi-channel retail experience, spanning digital, online, mobile, catalogue, concession, department and fashion stores, both in the UK, US and Europe.

Customer and product focussed, with core experience in digital, direct marketing, merchandising, transformational change, strategy and leadership.

Sara joined Hotter at the beginning of 2016, with the remit to fix and stabilise a business that had gone through rapid growth but was starting to falter, and then step change the growth trajectory, with international expansion the key driver.

Sara’s early career was spent in merchandising at River Island and then Debenhams gaining buying and merchandising experience in clothing and footwear.

A career move in merchandising brought her to the North West, as Merchandising Director for GUS, where she led the clothing and footwear merchandising teams. Subsequently she went on to lead the integration of GUS and Littlewoods with Shop Direct the resulting business. Following this role in transformational change, she moved into marketing at Shop Direct as a Brand Director responsible for creating the brand isme, targeting the 50+ female consumer.

Her last role prior to joining Hotter was European Managing Director at Lands’ End, a classic American lifestyle brand targeting the more mature customer. Here she was responsible for modernising the business and leading its digital transformation in the UK, Germany, Austria and France.

Outside of work her passions include: Skiing, yoga, pilates, cookery, and retail therapy, with a real weakness for buying shoes!

Sean Bennett

Director - Consumer Markets, Shape Security

Sean leads Shape’s UK Consumer Markets group who work across Retail, Gaming, Finance, Travel, and Hospitality industries.  Sean has a specific focus on helping dominant brands optimise their digital channels for high conversion, low friction, and low fraud.

Sean McKee

Director of Ecommerce and Customer Experience, Schuh

Sean is an experienced retailer who progressed through a range of operations roles including store, regional and divisional management at Schuh, before getting into eCommerce in 2010.

A long-time advocate of integrating bricks and clicks in the pursuit of an optimum retail experience, in his current role he has, among other things, delivered on growth, mobile optimisation and a clear-sighted cross-channel proposition. He is passionate about offering real convenience to an increasingly sophisticated, demanding and tech-enabled customer.

A seasoned contributor at eCommerce events in the UK and elsewhere, his current interests include CRO, use of content, developments in voice and visual search, AI and the start-up/scale-up ecosystem. He recently took some study time out to sharpen his pencil at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Sébastien Hénon

Director of Consumer Information Systems, Clarins Group

Sébastien Hénon is Consumer CIO at Clarins since April 2017, in charge of ecommerce, CRM, retail and data projects.  He’s focusing on delivering global projects to sustain the company’s 360° strategy. He has 18 years’ experience in new technologies, working in various demanding industries (telcos, travel, banking …) where he led teams and projects to take the best of technologies to transform customer experience.

Simon Finch

Director of Distribution, Harrods

Simon joined Harrods Limited as an Executive Trainee in 1996 after graduating from University the previous year. On completion of the scheme in 1997, he moved on to the sales floor as an assistant manager in the International Crystal department; however it was not long before he discovered that his true passion lay within logistics and he moved into selling support. Simon has held many positions within the Store Operations and Distribution Directorates with responsibilities ranging from Retail Operations, Distribution, Warehousing Fulfilment and Delivery.

In 2007 he was appointed Deputy Director of Distribution, and in addition to running the Distribution and eCommerce operations he lead the team in the re-design of the supply chain and in the delivery of many projects, including the design and build of the new Harrods Distribution Centre in West Berkshire that opened in 2012.

Simon was appointed Director of Distribution for the Retail Group in August 2015 and is responsible for driving the supply chain strategy to support Harrods Omni channel growth. Simon is passionate about collaboration within supply chain and sits on the GS1 UK Apparel board, alongside other leading retailers and brands, and is working towards delivering a new data model for the luxury apparel industry.

Simon completed an MBA at Cass Business School in 2011 and lives with his wife and two young daughters in West London.

Walter Blackwood

Omnichannel Logistics Expert

Walter is well known within the UK Logistics industry having led the development as MD or CEO of three UK parcel delivery networks, Parcelnet (now Hermes), HDNL (now Yodel) and most recently Collect+. During his 20 years at the forefront of B2C Logistics he has worked with most of the major retail organisations in the UK and brought that experience towards developing the multi-channel proposition within one of the country’s most iconic businesses.

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