Chief Executive Officer at retailTRUST
Prior to joining retailTRUST Chris spent nearly a decade leading Retail Week - the most influential media brand in UK retail – and the World Retail Congress, the single biggest gathering of global retail’s leadership each year. During this time Chris transformed these brands, from a weekly print title, into a digital-first and global events organisation. Their mission was to inform, connect and inspire the leaders that continue to colour the retail sector.
Before he joined Retail Week, Chris was a pioneer in the age of digital information, launching his first online news service in 1999 for the FMCG sector. He has edited and led a number of intelligence and information media brands in industries as diverse as agriculture and automotive, but has specialized in media brands that serve consumer-facing industries all his professional life.
Leadership Trainer, Consultant and Coach
Evelina Dzimanavičiūtė is an Organisational Wellbeing Consultant and speaker providing individuals and organisations with insights and neuroscience-based solutions for Leadership Development, Talent and Wellbeing strategy, Organisational Change, Strategic Alignment, as well as Stress Resilience and Mental Health support.
As a founder of Elite Mind and Elite Mind Academy, Evelina is on a mission to bridge the gap between business performance and individual wellbeing. Her unique approach to personal and professional development is based on therapeutic, neuroscience-based solutions combined with practical applications of performance coaching and organisational development.
Evelina came to England just over a decade ago without even speaking the language, and has built a successful leadership career and several entrepreneurial projects, all while studying for a degree, raising a child, and support suicidal individuals. Her unique journey of adaptation, perseverance, as well as recovery from tumour is an inspiring story often shared on international stages and leadership events.
Deputy Store Director at Harrods
Katie started her retail career as Sales Associate at Next. She progressed her retail career through various management roles with Ann Summers, La Senza and Debenhams, joining Harrods in 2011 as a Retail Manager. In the 9 years that she has been at Harrods she has held various management roles and was appointed to her current role as Deputy Store Director earlier in 2020.
As part of the Harrods Retail Leadership team, Katie has been responsible for driving improvements and efficiencies for the retail teams, enabling them to provide exceptional experiences to every Harrods customer.
Katie also has a history with OSS Retail (powered by BRC) as she attended the Academy Programme as a delegate in 2013 and describes it as ‘the key turning point’ in her career. She returned to the school as a Group Director in 2015 and 2016, Vice Chair in 2017 and in 2018 she was appointed as Chairman of the 89th Academy Programme.
Consultant, Writer and Future Thinker. Author of The Participation Revolution
Neil Gibb is a Consultant, Writer and Future Thinker who has worked for over 20 years with companies large and small, helping them apply new thinking and technology to improve their businesses. His clients have ranged from Shell, Barclays, the European Space Agency and the Nationwide Building Society to dozens of small tech firms, including currently a cryptocurrency and AI start-up and a data analytics company.
A decade in writing, and based on research and experience across five continents, The Participation Revolution is his first non-fiction book and is being used to develop a module on digital innovation at Cambridge Business School.
Co-founder of The Centre for Inclusive Leadership
Paul is a Learning & Development Practitioner, Author, Broadcaster, Inspirational Speaker, Life Coach and Mediator. The common thread through his work is his ability to help people and organisations realise their full potential.
Paul is ITN Productions (Independent Television News) resident leadership expert for their Amazon Audible series “How to OutPerform” He is also a BBC contributor and has a regular show on Premier Radio called "Ask Paul"
Paul is the former CEO of The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and continues to work with various social justice projects and is also founder and director of The Grace Project a charity dedicated to working with people helping them discover their identity and resolve issues of self-worth and self-esteem. Paul has written three books on the subject.