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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

Managing Director at Connected Retail

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.

Richard Cope

Richard Cope

Senior Trends Consultant – Mintel

With over a decade of experience in market research, Richard brings Trends alive for Mintel’s clients on a daily basis. To date his 2017 EMEA Trend Predictions project has been presented and discussed face to face with an audience of over 1,000 clients and this year’s pan-European project on ‘The Truth About Trust’ is booked in to reach similar numbers across the UK, Italy, France, Poland, Norway, Spain and Germany. Richard’s other recent projects have explored the emergence of Africa as new consumer market, Virtual and Augmented Reality and the opportunities presented by an ageing population.

As a globally recognised leading trends commentator, he is regularly called on by media worldwide to provide insight and analysis into consumer trends.Recent highlights include defining the modern family at a special event for broadcaster ITV, analysing the feminist fightback against sexist pricing for The Times and spending the morning discussing the future of seniors and romance with 50 local radio stations as part of the BBC’s Love Later in Life project.

Richard is also a key speaker at Mintel’s ‘Big Conversation’ client events across Europe, presenting on everything from technology and beauty, to the future of retail and modern relationships and he has delivered bespoke presentations for World Travel Market, Brand Republic, packaging forum Trendtag Glas and at conferences as far afield as Philadelphia, Aruba and Whistler.

Suzy Ross

Suzy Ross

Founder, Ross & Company

Suzy began her career being sponsored through university by Barclays. On graduation she spent 8 years with PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a management consultant in the retail and consumer products division. She then spent 8 years as an entrepreneur / CEO of a number of apparel businesses. She joined Wolff Olins in 2009 as Lead Strategist for the retail and luxury sectors. In 2011 she joined SpaceNK as Marketing and Business Development Director. Suzy is now founder of strategic consultancy Ross and Company, leading customer centric transformation projects, most recently working with Jaeger.

Herculano Rodrigues

Herculano Rodrigues

Associate Director, Javelin Group (Part of Accenture Strategy)

Herculano has over a decade of experience in retail strategy and consumer insight, working with leading international retailers and landlords to develop commercial insights to inform finance, marketing and strategic planning. He is passionate about strategic innovation and technology driving the future of retail, and is helping clients deploy practical applications to help to unlock value and transform businesses. Over the past few years, he has led board-level engagements to embed customer insight and analytics to drive value from the merging of the physical and digital retail environments.

Herculano is the chairman of the ICSC European Next Gen committee, sits on the ICSC Innovation committee, and is a frequent speaker at industry events.

Mat Cash

Mat Cash

Group Leader at Heatherwick Studio

Since joining Heatherwick Studio in 2006, Mat has been responsible for some of the studio’s largest and most important projects. These include Pacific Place a 650,000 sqm mixed use development in Hong Kong; a new public park and leisure destination in Abu Dhabi, the competition winning design for 1 million sqm mixed use development in Leeds and a biofuel power station on Teesside.

He has led teams undertaking major master planning, strategic thinking and place making in Royal Docks, Earls Court and Covent Garden in London as well as Taikoo place in Hong Kong and Penn Station and Pier55 in New York.

As Group Leader Mat currently oversees a portfolio of projects that spans the UK, Japan, Singapore, South Africa and the United States. These include Zeitz MOCAA the re-invention of an historic grain silo in Cape Town into a major cultural institution; a major new residential tower in Singapore; Maggie’s Cancer Care centre in Leeds; as well as a large scale mixed use urban development in the heart of Tokyo.

In 2015 the studio created the role of Group Leader to support the growth in scale and number of its projects. Working with Thomas Heatherwick, Group Leaders are responsible for leading all aspects of a portfolio of projects from concept development through to delivery. They are also part of the studio’s senior management group, guiding business strategy, planning and process.

Sam Monger

Sam Monger

Director of Strategy, Research and Analysis, Grosvenor

Sam Monger is Director of Strategy, Research and Analysis. He joined Grosvenor in 2011. His role includes leading a team delivering strategic planning, market analysis, customer analysis, financial appraisal and risk analysis across the business. Recent projects included the development of a 20 year vision for the London estate that will underpin asset management plans and long-term investment decisions.

Prior to joining Grosvenor, Sam spent 17 years working in management consultancy at PwC and IBM, mainly advising corporate occupiers in a range of sectors on property strategy

Jack Stratten

Jack Stratten

Senior Trends Consultant, Insider Trends

Jack is an experienced trends speaker, writer and researcher who's worked with Insider Trends since its inception. Over the years, he’s delivered trend tours and presentations to blue-chip brands including Nike, BNP Paribas, EE, Ikea and Marks and Spencer. Jack has also worked regularly with the British Library to create and deliver trend seminars and presentations for business leaders. He’s also researched and written for a host of well-renowned businesses and institutions including , the BBC and BT.

As a speaker, Jack has hosted and presented to a range of audiences, from seminars of 20 to events involving thousands of people.

Tom Athron

Tom Athron

Group Development Director at John Lewis Partnership

Broad consumer-facing business leader, with extensive board experience in multichannel retail across grocery and general merchandise. Executive Director on the Board of John Lewis Partnership Plc, and founder of JLP Ventures. Previously CFO at Waitrose & Trading Director at John Lewis. Early career in investment banking and strategy consulting. Served as JLP pension trustee, and currently Non Executive Director on the board at Swedish retailer Ahlens SA.

Thomas Rose

Thomas Rose

Partner, EMEA Leisure & Restaurant team, Cushman & Wakefield

Thomas heads the Cushman & Wakefield Leisure and Restaurants team which advises owners, purchasers and occupiers in relation to developments, acquisitions and disposals.

He has advised clients on various leisure uses including; casinos, cinemas, bars, restaurants, gyms and hotels.

Specialties: Acquisition & disposal of all forms of leisure and restaurant property (restaurants, cafes, bars, cinemas, gyms, casinos) across London and the UK.

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