Battersea Power Station


Cushman and Wakefield

FutuRetail 2018 speakers

Speakers will be announced shortly, see last year’s speaker line-up here:

Matthew Drinkwater

Matthew Drinkwater

Head of Fashion Innovation Agency at London College of Fashion

I work at the crossroads of Fashion, Retail and Tech to head up LCF's Fashion Innovation Agency. Partnering the most exciting designer talent in London with the very latest fashion-tech to create ground-breaking brand collaborations and consultancies across the fashion, retail, lifestyle, cultural and digital industries.

I delivered the world's first digital skirt for Nokia, wireless charging clothing for Microsoft, a 3D-printed bionic arm to help celebrate the launch of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and what Forbes described as 'the first example of truly beautiful wearable tech'​ for Disney. I was named in the 100 most influential in the world of Wearable Technology, amongst the 'Top 15 people in UK tech' by BBC3, as a 'fashion-tech trailblazer changing the course of retail' by Drapers and a 'pioneer and visionary' by Wired. I am currently working on global concepts in wearables, AR/VR, fashion technology and IoT.

A regular speaker at technology conferences, I can usually be found on stage talking about the convergence of fashion and tech. I have presented at True Start R:evolution, Internet of Things Summit, London Business School Ecommerce Conference, Wearables Europe Berlin, Disney Learning Expo, Wearables 2015, The Children's Media Conference, Meet The Future Symposium Taiwan, Web Summit,South Summit,Unbound Digital, Innovate UK, Dubai Fashion Forward, Wearable Technology Show, FashTech Summit, DigitalK, Fifteen Seconds, London Technology Week, SXSW, YMS Voxburner, The Virtual Reality Show, Decoded Fashion, Millenial 20/20, WearIt Berlin, 080 Barcelona Fashion, Innovation Fashion Summit Madrid and Wired Retail.

I sit on the advisory board at The Centre for Fashion Enterprise (CFE) alongside some of the biggest names in the UK's fashion and retail industries. I also mentor some of the most exciting fashion/technology businesses in London and am passionate about developing new avenues of consumer engagement.

Justin Taylor

Justin Taylor

Head of Retail, EMEA, Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman and Wakefield

Justin is Head of EMEA Retail at property firm Cushman & Wakefield, leading an award-winning team of 300 people spanning over 15 countries. He provides ongoing consultancy and agency support to retailers and landlords alike, across many of the most exciting projects in Europe.

His council reaches even further in the industry, as an active member on the Revo Advisory Board, ICSC European Advisory Board, ICSC Leasing Group and the MAPIC Jury.

Justin’s driving force at all times is “the future of retail” and how this affects the Retail Property industry, using his expertise to help build future-proof developments and encouraging clients to stretch, grow and evolve in line with the social, economic and technological changes we are currently witnessing.

Sam Cotton

Leasing Director - Retail at Battersea Power Station


Jon Himoff

Jon Himoff

Technology Director, UnGroup and Managing Director, Connected Retail Ltd

Turning concepts into new tech-driven businesses and growing them rapidly is what I enjoy working on most. I have had started with blanksheets of paper and gone from idea to team creation to early stage funding to $ multi-million sale to a US public company. I have also worked with companies that have great assets, but needed a fresh, energetic approach to focus on next generation offerings and reach more prospective customers faster.

My favourite thing to do is solve complex business issue through improving process and implementing new tech solutions. A great solution always more than pays for itself and generates major business value. Plus it’s fun to do something innovative.

I have worked across several industries and have extensive domain knowledge in software product development, real-time 3D, software outsourcing services, supply chain operations and global logistics.

Sophie Albizua

Sophie Albizua

Co-Founder at RE_SET

Private equity investor turned digital transformation champion and disruption specialist, passionate about helping organisations shape their future in a highly disrupted world.

Co-founder of two high-end boutique strategic consultancies: Re_Set, focused on innovation and disruption; and the eNova Partnership, focused on digital transformation.

In late 2017, Re_Set and eNova merged their assets to form a one-stop shop strategic consultancy on a mission to help businesses transform disruption into a force for value creation and positive change.

Active role in the digital and innovation community as a regular media commentator and speaker. Routinely runs board-level innovation workshops, and digital training programmes called Digital Bootcamps.

Investor and NED of yReceipts, a digital receipts and data software solution for retailers.

Spent the first 10 years of career focusing on the retail sector in roles with blue chip banking and private equity institutions: Goldman Sachs, Change Capital Partners, and HgCapital.

Specialties: Innovation and Disruption; Digital Transformation; Internet and multichannel; Retail and consumer goods; private equity; strategy consulting; thought leadership and entrepreneurship.

Helen Carr

Leasing Director (Food & Beverage and Leisure) at Battersea Power Station

Extensive experience in developing and delivering Retail and Food and Beverage leasing strategies for high profile projects across a variety of sectors. Currently leasing the Food & Beverage and Leisure space in the landmark mixed use redevelopment of Battersea Power Station and previously in the travel (airport and rail) and shopping centre sectors. Recently responsible for the catering mix and leasing across the new F & B developments in the intu portfolio of shopping centres including intu Lakeside, intu Victoria Centre intu Metrocentre. Previously responsible for the Retail and Catering leasing of new stations including the widely acclaimed St Pancras International Station. Director level Retail Asset Management experience (10 major stations). Thrives on start-up and team turn-around roles through leadership and people development skills.


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