Trafford Centre appoints new centre director
Trafford Centre has appointed Simon Layton as centre director.
In his new position, he will lead the shopping destination’s on-site management team across multiple functions.
Key objectives will include building strong relationships with the centre’s brands, listening to guests and tenants to react quickly and drive growth, and creating an inclusive environment that reflects the diverse mix of stores, hospitality and leisure activities.
Layton explained: “Not only is Trafford Centre a world-renowned shopping and leisure destination – it is an experience and quite unique. To have the opportunity to lead such an operation is incredibly exciting. I am looking forward to working closely with the team to build a culture where everyone truly feels a part of the future vision.
“I am really clear that I want to protect the magic of Trafford Centre in all that we do – it is what makes it special and different and should be embraced.”
Layton has joined Trafford Centre from Marks & Spencer where he was head of region and led a team of 20 store managers across the Greater Manchester area in multiple formats. Prior to that, he headed up the retailer’s Northern Irish business and, earlier in his career, multiple large stores across the UK.
Megan Keany, property management director at Savills, the appointed managing agent at Trafford Centre, said: “The role of centre director is a hugely important appointment, requiring the right experience and understanding of retail alongside the ability to build diverse relationships and manage vast operational demands.
“Simon is an ideal fit, bringing a huge amount of relevant experience and a genuine passion for the centre. We look forward to seeing him bring his vision for Trafford Centre to life.”
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