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Elizabeth Cowper
VP HR Tapestry Europe
Elizabeth Cowper heads up HR for Coach Europe and Global Travel Retail. Before joining Coach, Elizabeth was Group HR Director at Harvey Nichols and prior to this she was HR Director at LVMH. Here she ran a shared service HR function overseeing beauty brands such as Dior, Givenchy, Guerlain and ...
Heather Ray
HR Business Partner
Heather Ray has worked at Superdry for the last 5 years as HR Business Partner, covering all business areas but more recently working with their trading channels - retail, eCommerce and wholesale. She heads up the HR advisor team with a focus on delivering their purpose with everything Superdry does - ...
Vickie Gooch
Director of HR - Sainsbury’s Food
Vickie Gooch has worked for Sainsbury’s for 29 years, initially joining as a Retail Trainee Manager. Over the last 16 years, Vickie has developed her expertise within HR, including roles in Learning and Development, Organisational Development & Design, Project Management and HR Business Partnering. For the last 3 years, Vickie has acted as ...
Emily Lofting Kisakye
HR Director, Europe & International
Emily Lofting Kisakye leads the people function for URBN Inc which includes Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and Free People. She is responsible for the design and implementation of the overarching people strategy. Emily joined URBN 9 years ago and over that period of time has seen tremendous personal growth and business change. ...
Liz Jewitt-Cross
Interim Chief HR Officer
Liz Jewitt-Cross is currently a member of Executive Team leading Human Resources for McArthurGlen’s 24 European andCanadian destination shopping centres. Hosting over 1000 leading luxury brands and 33,000 brands, her role includes business reorganisation, organisation development &and implementation of Workday HR systems. She was previously HR Director at Jaeger for two years ...
Perry Timms
Perry Timms is an international CPD accredited and TEDx speaker on HR, workplace learning, technology and the future of work. He has delivered keynote speeches across the UK and in the USA, South Africa, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Italy, Hungary, France and Ireland. A new entrant to HR Magazine’...
Kathryn Porter
Director of Youth Strategy EMEA
Kathryn Porter is the Director of Youth Strategy for Europe, Middle East and Africa, and has worked in the hospitality industry for over 20 years, joining Hilton in 2000 as Property HR Director with postings including the flagship London Hilton on Park Lane. Kathryn’s current role focuses on promoting hospitality careers, ...
Helen Dickinson
Helen Dickinson OBE, as CEO, leads the team and sets the strategic direction of the BRC. She joined in January 2013 and has been working with retailers for over 25 years. She is also a judge of the Everywoman Retail Ambassadors Programme and was previously Chair of Working Chance, a charity helping ...
Sarah Eglin
Head of People Partnering - Retail Support & Logistics
Heading up the People Team for Retail Support and Logistics within the Coop, Sarah Eglin’s role focuses on the delivery of the Co-op’s ambitious ‘retail transformation’ agenda - with people development at the heart of the organisation, the role is key to supporting the Coop’s growth strategy, ...
Nikki Remmer
Head of Reputation & Culture
Nikki Remmer is the Culture and Reputation Manager for McDonald’s UK and Ireland. Nikki joined McDonald’s in her teens and worked her way through the business to her current role, where she has responsibility for a number of crucial people elements including culture, brand reputation and employee engagement ...
Una O'Reilly
Group Director of Engagement & Employer Branding,
Una O’Reilly joined Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield in 2013 as Director, Human Resources. Prior to joining Westfield Europe, she has held a variety of Human Resources roles in both Retail and Property Development and has had responsibility for UK, Europe and Asia. Una holds a BSC Hons Technology Management, Post Graduate Diploma in ...
Sue Yell
HR Director
Sue Yell currently works as HR Director for Warburtons, where she is responsible for the development and delivery of the people management strategy. She joined Warburtons in 2011 and during the past 8 years, has worked with the executive team to define and deliver the business growth plans. The people agenda is ...
Jo Tyler
Employee Engagement Manager
Jo Tyler leads the implementation and delivery of employee engagement activities across Whitbread. Whitbread recognise that team members are the driving force of the business in terms of delivering a great experience for guests so it’s critical that Whitbread understands the level of engagement across their teams, whether in ...
Mathew Davies
HR Director
Mat Davies is a welshman living in London with over 20 years HR experience in international and global organisations. He is currently the HR Director at the Addison Lee Group, the ground transportation company. Mat is enthusiastic about technology, great employee relations and connecting. He spends most of his spare time ...
Jane Howkins
Training and Recruitment Manager
Jane Howkins is an experienced Training and Recruitment Manager with over 17 years’ experience working in a number of fast paced retail and hospitality businesses, in various learning and development/HR and recruitment roles. She is passionate about recruiting talent and giving them the skills they need to not only do ...
Thomas Merrigan
Learning & Development Manager
Thomas Merrigan has been the Learning and Development Manager with Browns Fashion since February 2018. His key projects and responsibilities include delivering multichannel learning campaigns and interventions to support managers at all levels, with business lead and individual skill needs, forming a Management Development Programme which was rolled out Q1 2019. Thomas ...
Alan Millbrow
Senior Consultant for Wellbeing & Recognition
Alan Millbrow has been a Senior Consultant for Wellbeing and Recognition at Three since July 2018. Prior to this, he was Retail Reward Manager - UK & Ireland at Dixons Carphone for two years, accountable for the design, development and ongoing management of reward for 22,000 employees across all Dixons Carphone UK & Ireland ...
Matthew Brooks
Head of HR Solutions
Matt Brooks and his team at Experian provide expert knowledge regarding industry specific best practice, present and future regulatory change and broader employee insight. He leads, manages and coaches their specialist sales team across a range of HR services including background checking, workforce analytics for retention, right to work and ...
Alia Lamaadar
Enterprise Growth - EMEA
Alia Lamaadar oversees Workplace by Facebook's enterprise relationships in EMEA. At Workplace, Alia has partnered with organisations like Nestlé, Zurich Insurance, Ralph Lauren, and Virgin Atlantic to deploy Workplace to their employees. She has a keen appreciation for those pioneering enterprises who are driving business impact through employee engagement. Alia ...
Kirsty Rogers
Partner & Head of Client Development
Kirsty Rogers is an Executive Partner and Head of Client Development for the commercial services division at DWF. Kirsty has been responsible for managing or reviewing the firm's relationship with several significant clients, including Arcadia, Morrisons, Ladbrokes Coral, and Whitbread. She is highly recommended for her client focused approach to ...
Mok O'Keefe
Mok O’Keeffe author of The Innovation Ecosystem. After a global career in HR and management consulting, Mok founded The Innovation Beehive to release the energy and potential of people at work - with a focus on culture, innovation and leadership. Mok and his team partnered with McDonald’s to ...
Dylan Chambers
Enterprise Account Executive
Dylan Chambers is an Account Executive at Glint responsible for the on-boarding and successful launch of clients in EMEA. Prior to Glint, Dylan spent three years managing teams at Intuit, using the Glint platform to receive and act upon employee feedback. Through coaching, development and strategy setting, Dylan grew his ...
Melanie Steel
Non-Executive Director
Melanie Steel is currently a Non-Executive Director at the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and has over 25 years’ experience in HR and transformation, across a broad spectrum of organisations and recognisable brands, including FTSE 100 companies and Central Government. Melanie has worked in various roles, most recently Interim HR Director at Solus (...
Richard Doherty
Senior Director Product Marketing
Prior to joining Workday, Richard was part of a team that pioneered cloud based recruiting and talent management solutions in Europe. Joining Jobpartners as one of the first employees in 2000, he held a number of management positions across professional services, sales and marketing, helping Jobpartners grow into one of the ...
Paul Deeprose
Managing Director
Paul Deeprose is the Managing Director of The Career Gym, helping people give their careers a workout, and a Partner in Squad Mentality - an agency helping teams develop a Squad Mentality to bend their results line upwards. He is a qualified executive coach and career coach who supports and ...

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1st October 2020


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