2016 Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassadors Programme


General information

Women in retail: inspiring and motivating colleagues


The Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassadors Programme increases awareness of the diverse range of opportunities for women in retail, inspiring more women to consider a career in retail, as opposed to just a job.

The Ambassadors Programme shines the spotlight on women inspiring others and role models operating the entire length of the female talent pipeline. It profiles those companies who place importance on recognising inspirational female role models and the vital role they play in motivating their colleagues.  

Nominations have now closed for the 2016 Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassadors Programme.


what makes an everywoman winner?

Our winners have hailed from a breadth of organisations within retail including, ASDA, Superdrug, Halfords, Tom Tom Sports and The Kids Food Company - all ambitious, innovative, driven and passionate about the industry.

Hear from our 2015 winners below.


When and where
13th September 2016
Start time: 
The Langham
1C Regent Street
W1B 1JA London , BRK
United Kingdom
Berkshire GB

Alex Duncan

Carrie Rubin

Craig Bonnar

Debbie Edwards

Helen Dickinson OBE

India Martin

Jacqui Gale

Jane Storm

Jo Delbridge

Lisa Crawley

Meg Lustman

Nichole Viviani

Roisin Currie

Sara Jane Asquith

Sue James

Partners & sponsors
Partners & Sponsors
Would you like to demonstrate your company’s support to the advancement of women in retail? Talk to us about supporting our retail ambassadors programme by contacting Seema Bennett – 020 7981 2574 or seema@everwoman.com. You can also download details of the options we provide to supporters.

Title sponsor


Worldpay are proud to be sponsoring the 2016 Retail Ambassador Programme. As a leader in global payments processing we are privileged to partner with hundreds of thousands of retailers across the UK helping them sell more by accepting card payments in-store, online and on the move.

everywoman provides a platform to celebrate the achievements of the women who are helping to drive this dynamic sector and to inspire future generations to explore careers in retail - that’s why Worldpay are delighted to be involved in their Retail Ambassador Programme.

Media partner


Woman&home are proud to be the media partners of the 2016 everywoman Retail Ambassador Programme. As the leading lifestyle brand for 40+ women, we believe that it's all about attitude not age. Our readers - who we call 'Generation Y–Not' - are the most powerful demographic in the UK and we set out to inspire them in all aspects of their lives – from their careers to their families. Constantly celebrating their 'can do' attitude, woman&home prides itself on squeezing as much breadth and diversity into our print pages, website (womanandhome.com), events and social media channels, as today's women pack into their lives!

VIP partner


QVC is one of the world’s leading video and e-commerce retailers, employing 2,000 people in the UK.  We are committed to excellence and live by a set of values that empower our employees to initiate and embrace new ideas.

As a result, we pride ourselves on being committed to advocating the advancement of women in retail and celebrating strong female leaders in the field.

We are delighted to be working with the Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassadors Programme to continue providing recognition to those who excel, empower and inspire fresh generations of businesswomen.


Specsavers was founded in 1984 by husband and wife team, Doug and Dame Mary Perkins, who pioneered the optical joint venture partnership model and revolutionised the industry with their innovative concept of affordable, fashionable eyecare for everyone. 
Today, Specsavers is a partnership of almost 2,000 locally-run businesses throughout the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand with an annual turnover of more than £2.1b.


SSE is one of the largest and broadest-based energy companies in the UK with interests in generation, wholesale, transmission, distribution and the sale of energy, telecoms and home services. It supplies electricity and gas to around 9 million homes and businesses throughout Great Britain and Ireland.

SSE is proud to make a difference.  Difference being at the heart of diversity, we believe better diversity leads to better discussions, leading to better decisions and better business results.


Tesco are thrilled to be sponsoring the 2016 Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassadors Programme. As one of the world’s largest retailers with 476,000 colleagues, we serve millions of customers every week. Every little help makes a big difference – it’s the value we live by to ensure we serve our customers, colleagues and their communities a little better every day.  We want to encourage everyone in our business to be themselves and reach their full potential. Inspiring women to realise their dreams is part of this. That’s where this programme helps by inspiring and role modelling - we are delighted to be involved.

Supporting partner


Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in 1995. Amazon has invested more than £4.6 billion in the UK economy to build and run its UK business since 2010. Amazon is planning to create 2,500 permanent jobs in the UK this year at its head office, its ten UK fulfilment centres, research and development centres, customer service centres, Fashion Photography Studio and new Amazon Web Services (AWS) UK data centres, which are currently being built in the UK.

Pentland Group

Pentland Group is delighted to partner the 2016 Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassadors Programme.

Pentland is a family owned business founded in the early 1930s in Liverpool, England.  Always displaying passion, innovation, creativity and leadership, Pentland is the owner of a portfolio of brands, which includes some of the greatest international sports, outdoor and fashion brands globally.  Pentland is proud to be supporting the Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassadors.


Santander are pleased to support the Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassadors Programme.  Santander, like the nominees, place our customer at the heart of everything we do, helping support growth and development through a variety of cash management and risk based solutions tailored for individual business needs.

We congratulate all those women that have made an outstanding contribution to the retail sector, for continually setting the bar higher, inspiring others across the sector and other industries. Visit santandercb.co.uk

With special thanks

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Terms and conditions


Nominations for the 2016 Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassadors Programme have closed.

  • Entrants should be employed in UK retailing, either chain or independent. This is defined as the sale of goods to the general public via store or online, and excludes the sale of services e.g. restaurants, hotels, travel, hair and beauty, and other leisure and hospitality
  • Entrants must be based or have their chief operations in the UK
  • Entrants must be available to attend the evening Awards dinner on 13 September at the Langham London
  • Entrants can nominate themselves or can be nominated by a colleague or associate
  • All age criteria for any relevant categories should be met as of the date that nominations close (16 May 2016)
  • Previous applicants to the Awards are invited to reapply and will need to complete a new online nomination with up-to-date information
  • Entrants must provide the name and contact details of a valid internal reference i.e. Line Manager/Director
  • Entrants must provide the name and contact details of a second referee i.e. Colleague/Manager/Director/Associate
  • It is not necessary to inform references at the time of making your nomination. You do not need to get their sign off or endorsement before you submit your nomination form. We will only contact references if the nominee is shortlisted
  • The information provided will be disclosed only to the judges, the staff of everywoman and key partners on a strictly confidential basis
  • Submitting supporting evidence: Any supporting evidence must be provided in one document only, no longer than four A4 sides, clearly labelled and emailed to events@everywoman.com  before the deadline.
  • Mandatory Statement of Support: Once you have submitted your nomination, you will receive a confirmation email with a request for a 75-100 word statement of support from a close colleague or manager to the nominee. This statement will act as a professional reference and should be able to vouch for the nominee&39;s skills, abilities and whether the nominee is a worthy candidate for this Award. You may provide this in advance alongside your supporting evidence if you wish to do so.
  • Details provided in the nomination form will potentially be used for press releases and web content if the nominee is placed as a finalist or winner, so please ensure it is factually correct - we will not be liable for inaccuracies published based on nomination content and changes may not be possible after publication
  • The information you provide is strictly confidential and will only be shared with everywoman, key partner Worldpay and the judging panel



  • Payment via Eventbrite is via credit card or invoice. You will receive an email confirmation from Eventbrite and a PDF VAT receipt. You can also download this VAT receipt in ‘Your Orders’ on Eventbrite. For group bookings of six or more places please email events@everywoman.com and a Group Invoice will be emailed to you. If you request to be invoiced, payment terms will be 30 days from invoice date. If your company uses Purchase Order Numbers, please supply this at the time of booking as failure to do so may cause problems with your booking.
  • Please note that we must receive full payment prior to the event start date.
  • If you are booking within one week of the event we will require payment by credit card. If this is causes difficulty then please call 020 7981 2574 and speak to a member of the team.
  • CONFIRMATION PROCEDURE: Upon completing your booking you will receive an automatic confirmation via Eventbrite. The dispatch by us of an email confirmation constitutes a legally binding contract. If you have not received your confirmation email immediately after submission of your booking, please call 020 7981 2574 and speak to a member of the team as there may be a problem with your booking. Everywoman is unable to accept responsibility for the non-arrival of information. Everywoman reserves the right to decline any booking.
  • CANCELLATION: All cancellations must be made in writing by email to events@everywoman.com and a confirmation email will be sent to you. It is the booker’s responsibility to ensure that we have received the cancellation. Please keep a record of this confirmation in case of query. Cancellations received up to 10 working days before the event will be refunded in full less an admin fee of 10% of the ticket price paid. Cancellations received within ten working days of the event and no shows will not be refunded. However, registrations may be transferred to a substitute participant. Substitutions on the day of the conference are made at the organiser’s discretion only.
  • Everywoman cannot offer refunds due to a terrorist alert, act of God or the curtailment of public transport, unless the event is cancelled. In this instance, Everywoman will retain up to 50% of the event fee to cover event venue and administration costs.
  • DATA PROTECTION: The information you have provided will be kept on file for future registration use and will be shared only with the official event partners. Everywoman will provide you with information relating to your booking and from time to time other Everywoman related products or services via email, direct mail or telephone. If you would like to be excluded from further communications from event partners please email events@everywoman.com


On the day:

  • DIETARY REQUIREMENTS:Vegetarian meals are available at all Everywoman Ltd events. If you have any other dietary needs please email events@everywoman.com up to two weeks before the event and we will do our best to accommodate you.
  • FILMING/PHOTOGRAPHY: Please note that we may take photographs, video and audio footage of the event, which may include speakers and attendees and this may later be used in editorial features and/or in marketing and promotional material. If you wish not to be included in any footage please speak to the event organiser onsite at the event.
  • Audio and visual recordings or the distribution of commercial materials are not permitted without our prior consent. We can accept no liability for damage to or loss of personal belongings at the event venue.



The 2016 Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassadors are:


Jacqui Chin, Chief of Staff, Amazon UK, based in London


Zoe Davies, Avon Independent Executive Sales Leader, Avon, based in Ilkeston


Phoebe Gormley, Founder, Gormley & Gamble, based in London


Rukia Hussain, Fresh Replenishment & Production Manager, Asda, based in Manchester


Kathryn Jaquet, Managing Director, RB Equestrian, based in Milton Keynes


Gemma Mason, Head of Customer Experience, Superdrug Stores Plc, based in London


Sheila McCrae, Regional Director, Gap, based in Glasgow


Laura Myatt, Branch Manager, Hobbs, based in London


Leigh Nelson, Retail Director, Specsavers Newtownards, based in Newtownards


Catherine Smith, Store Manager, Argos, based in Accrington


Ann Steer, Marketing & International Director, JD Williams, based in Manchester


Sarah Wakefield, Food Sustainability Manager, Co-op, based in Manchester



The 2015 Specsavers everywoman in Retail Ambassadors were:

  • Negar Bagherzadeh, Senior Manager Business Applications, Gap inc. 2015 Ambassador of the Year
  • Gillian Baird, Store Manager, ASDA
  • Lorna Billinge, Vice President of Global QA and Supply Chain Operations, QVC
  • Clare Blampied, Managing Director, Sacla UK
  • Suzanne Cooper, Bakery Manager, Greggs the Baker
  • Jill Flood, Senior Brand Manager, Superdrug
  • Natasha Leith-Smith, Founder & Designer, Allumer Jewellery London
  • Laura Murden, Category Manager – TomTom Sports, TomTom
  • Emma Pacey, Senior Buying Manager, Toys, ASDA
  • Sally Preston, Founder & Managing Director, The Kids Food Company
  • Clare Standage, Category Manager, Cycle Accessories, Halfords
  • Helen Webb, Director of HR, Food Retail, The Co-operative

The 2014 Specsavers everywoman in Retail Ambassadors were:

  • Noor Ali, World Foods Manager, Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc
  • Heather Blackman, Managing Director, Commercial, Hotel Chocolat
  • Laura Chiddey, Upholstery Buyer, DFS Trading Ltd
  • Amanda Cox, Vice President – People Central, ASDA
  • Maleka Dattu, Creator and Founder, MERUMAYA Integrative Effective Skincare
  • Lucy Denton, Area Manager, Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc, also chosen as the 2014 Woman of the Year
  • Harriet Hastings, Managing Director/founder, Biscuiteers
  • Charlotte Imrie, Boutique Manager, Sweaty Betty
  • Jo Lee, Buying Director of Beauty and Jewellery, QVC UK
  • Nicola Thody, Commercial Development Manager, Dixons Retail
  • Dominque Tillen, Managing Director, Brush Baby
  • Clare Wardle, Group General Counsel, Kingfisher plc

The 2013 Specsavers everywoman in Retail Ambassadors were:

  • Analisa Ariss, Director of Maddi Alexander
  • Melanie Armstrong, Head of Music & Merchandise, HMV Retail Ltd.
  • Jill Bradley, Manager / Buyer, feelunique.com
  • Melissa Burton, Managing Director, Goody Good Stuff
  • Ellie Doohan, Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer – EMEA and Canada, Walmart International
  • Martha Ferguson, Owner / Director of Papylon
  • Clare Kirkby, Store Manager, Hobbs
  • Melissa Knight, Digital Marketing Manager, Post Office Ltd
  • Pauline Lauder, Clothing and Footwear Trading Director, Shop Direct Group
  • Deryane Tadd, Director, The Dressing Room
  • Elaine Wrigley, Head of Retail, New Look Retailers
  • Judith Batchelar, Director of Brand, Sainsbury’s