2017 Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassador Programme


General information




Nominations for the 2017 Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassador Programme are now closed.

Who is it for?

A Retail Ambassador is someone who possesses the qualities, attitude, hard work ethic and commitment to supporting other women that makes them a credit to the industry and the organisations they work for.  They are the women who have been and are reinventing retail in this digital age as well as inspiring success in others.

Past Ambassadors have come from all over the retail industry, from start-ups to global retailers and from the shop floor to the boardroom. The Ambassador Programme is open to women at all stages of their career.


Aligning your brand with a more inclusive future

The Ambassador Programme also profiles those companies who place importance on recognising inspirational female role models and the vital role they play in motivating their colleagues. 

Aligning your brand with the Programme demonstrates your commitment to achieving gender diversity, and investing in your female workforce.

The ceremony is an excellent opportunity to engage clients and motivate teams in an inspiring setting.

To find out more about how your company can get involved with the Ambassador Programme please email contact@everywoman.com.



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When and where
12th September 2017
Start time: 
8 Northumberland Avenue,
WC2N 5BY London,
United Kingdom


Nominations Open: 6 March 2017

Nominations Close: 15 May 2017 - NOMINATION DEADLINE EXTENDED - 29 MAY

Awards Ceremony: 12 September 2017



Nominations for the 2017 Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassador Programme are now closed.

The Judging Process:

  • If your nomination is successful we will be in touch with the entrant by the week commencing 10 July.
  • If selected the entrant must be available for the evening Ambassador Programme ceremony in London on 12 September 2017. This is a condition of entry.
  • All decisions regarding the judging process are made by our independent judging panel, the everywoman team do not influence this process. The judges' decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into before or after the judging. Due to the large number of nominations received, the judging panel are unable to provide individual feedback.


Data protection

The information provided will only be disclosed to the staff of everywoman, our key partner Worldpay and the judging panel.


Enquiries: please contact 020 7981 2574 or email: events@everywoman.com

Terms and conditions


Debbie Edwards

Vice President and General Manager, Gap Europe

Sue James

Editorial Director, woman&home

Jacqui Gale

Chief Executive Officer, Arran Aromatic

Meg Lustman


Julie Holdaway

Group HR and People Development Director, Harvey Nichols

Kirsty Whitehead

General Counsel, Worldpay UK

Carrie Rubin

Director of Pentland Group plc, President of Pentland USA

Vanita Parti MBE

Founder, blinkbrowbar

Helen Dickinson OBE

Chief Executive, British Retail Consortium

Jo Delbridge

Director of Public Relations, UK and Ireland, Specsavers

Sally Hopson MBE

Chief Executive, Pets at Home Vet Group

Nichole Viviani

Global HR Director, Worldpay

Lidia Long

Customer Service Country Leader, Amazon

Helen Gales

Customer Service Director, Tesco

Rachael Egerton

Director of HR, QVC
Partners & sponsors
Partners & Sponsors

Would you like to demonstrate your company’s support to the advancement of women in retail? Talk to us about getting involved in 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 partner

Worldpay are proud to be sponsoring the 2017 everywoman 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 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 the tenth year of this Retail Ambassador Programme.

Programme Partners


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 offering eyecare, hearing and home care services throughout the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand with an annual turnover of more than £2.27b.

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.    

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.

Tesco are thrilled to be sponsoring the 2017 Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassador Programme. As one of the world’s largest retailers with 460,000 colleagues, we serve millions of customers every week in our stores and online. 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 are proud to be supporting the everywoman in Retail Ambassadors Programme this year. Diversity drives innovation, ensures we better understand our customers, and raises the bar across retail.

As a company with over 19,000 full time UK employees, and plans to create over 5,000 new jobs this year, we see the Ambassador programme as a great way to inspire the next generation of women and bring new talent into an exciting and fast-growing industry.  

Pentland Group is delighted to partner the 2017 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.

Media Partner

woman&home is the largest women’s lifestyle monthly on the UK newsstand (319,057 ABC Jul-Dec 16), inspiring its hugely influential 40+ female readers with its mantra that it’s about attitude not age.  Our audience are the most powerful demographic in the UK: - predominantly chief income earners and entrepreneurs they're the largest (18.5 million), fastest growing (increasing 19% by 2034) and highest spending (80% of the UK’s net disposable income). Digitally woman&home has 450,000 unique users and an audience of 2,055,057 on  social media. It also organises a packed schedule of events including reader lunches, In Conversation with events, health and fitness breaks and bespoke travel experiences and tours. 

Key Partner

The BRC leads the industry and works with our members to tell the story of retail, shape debates and influence issues and opportunities which will help make that positive difference. We care about the careers of people who work in our industry, the communities retail touches and competitiveness as a fundamental principle of the industry’s success – our 3 Cs.

Retail is the largest private sector employer in the UK —employing almost three million people and around sixty per cent are women. We have a great story to tell about the opportunities at all levels in our industry and the BRC is proud to be supporting the everywoman in Retail Ambassadors Programme again this year. 

With special thanks

Book tickets
Book tickets

Rebecca Douglas, Energy Manager, Tesco, based in Hertfordshire

2017 Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassador Programme

Denise Fender, Digital Director, FitFlop, based in London

2017 Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassador Programme

Alison Garbutt, Head of Strategic Projects, WHSmith, based in Swindon

2017 Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassador Programme

Ellen Green, CEO, Blue Badge Co, based in Bristol

2017 Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassador Programme

Sarah Kermode, Store Manager, Gap, based in Manchester

2017 Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassador Programme

Emma Lindhorst, New Business and Events Manager, Harvey Nichols, based in London

2017 Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassador Programme

Julianne Ponan, Owner & CEO, Creative Nature, based in Surrey

2017 Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassador Programme

Lisa Sohanpal, Founder & CEO, Nom Noms World Food, based in London

2017 Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassador Programme

Emma Whittaker, Store Manager, Argos, based in Milton Keynes

2017 Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassador Programme

Vanessa Wood, Supply Chain Manager, Card Factory, based in Wakefield

2017 Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassador Programme

Heidi Woodhouse, Managing Director, Dixons Carphone PLC, based in London

2017 Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassador Programme

Lauren Kisser, Director of Operations at Amazon Prime Air, based in Cambridge

2017 Worldpay everywoman in Retail Woman of the Year
Past winners
Past winners

2016 Worldpay everywoman in Retail Ambassadors

  • 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