2018 Barclaycard everywoman in Retail Awards


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Reimagining Retail – Engage . Innovate . Inspire


The 2018 Barclaycard everywoman in Retail Awards took place on Thursday 13 September 2018 at a ceremony held at East Wintergarden, London. Click here to discover who was announced as a winner and find out more about their career achievements. You can also see the amazing pictures which captured the event here.

Becoming a finalist is an excellent way to raise both individual and company profiles as well as celebrate career achievements and recognition within the industry. In addition to this, it will also help encourage more women and young girls to consider a career in the retail industry. 

Want to get involved in 2019? Please use the below form to register your interest and be kept up to date with when nominations will open. For sponsorship opportunities please email events@everywoman.com.


When and where
13th September 2018
Start time: 
End time: 
East Wintergarden
43 Bank Street
E14 5NX London
United Kingdom

Sinead Bell

Category Director - Beauty, Baby & Toiletries - Tesco

Fiona Briault

Director for People, Operations & Partnerships - Pets at Home Group

Jo Delbridge

Director of Public Relations, UK & Ireland - Specsavers

Helen Dickinson OBE

Chief Executive, British Retail Consortium
Sandra Federighi

Sandra Federighi

Global Chief Financial Officer, Stella McCartney
Siobhan Forey

Siobhan Forey

Chief HR Officer, Arcadia Group
Julie Goodfellow

Julie Goodfellow

VP Director of UK Distribution
Anita Liu Harvey pic

Anita Liu Harvey

Director of Strategy, Barclaycard

Simmone Haywood

Global Head of Talent, Marks & Spencer
Penny Herriman

Penny Herriman

Global Brand Director, Boden

Lauren Kisser

Director - Amazon S3

Claire Picard

VP Merchandising EMEIA, Burberry

Carrie Rubin

Director, Pentland Group
Sue James

Sue James

Founder, Sue James Ltd
Partners & sponsors
Partners & Sponsors

Title Partner


Category Sponsor - Entrepreneur Award

Amazon are proud to support the 2018 Barclaycard everywoman in Retail Awards year. Diversity drives innovation, ensures we better understand our customers, and raises the bar across retail. As a company with over 24,000 full time UK employees, we see the Awards as a great way to inspire the next generation of women and bring new talent into an exciting and fast-growing industry.

Category Sponsor - Male Agent of Change Award

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 2,000 locally-run businesses offering eyecare, audiology and home visit services throughout the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, employing 31,000 people and with an annual turnover of more than £2.27b.



Category Sponsor - Rising Star Award

Tesco are thrilled to be sponsoring the 2018 Barclaycard everywoman in Retail 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.

Category Sponsor - Innovator Award

IBM iX are delighted to be supporting the 2018 Barclaycard Everywoman in Retail Awards. Women have been making contributions to the advancement of information technology for almost as long as the company has been in existence. We have a strong focus on making our workplace more inclusive for women and to have greater representation of women in technical, leadership and professional roles.
We work at the intersection of progressive strategy, creative vision, and transformational technology. A collection of renegades and realists focused on the single biggest business challenge: tomorrow.

Supporting Sponsor

We are delighted to support the 2018 Barclaycard everywoman in Retail Awards. Pentland Group is a private family-owned global brand management company with wholesale and retail businesses in sports, outdoor and fashion. We own Speedo, Berghaus, Endura, Canterbury, Ellesse and Mitre and we are the majority shareholder in JD Sports Fashion. Through our Pentland Ventures division, we are also shareholders in Heidi Klein, Butterfly Twists and Tracksmith and our Pentland Investment division invests in other businesses across a number of different industries. We are a global business, built on strong family values, committed to supporting our 19,000 people to be the very best they can be.


Supporting Sponsor

At Argos we consider ourselves to be a dynamic, diverse and inclusive retailer employing around 30,000 colleagues across both our stores and support centres, with 50% of our Store Management population being female. We are a values-driven business and the everywoman awards are a great way to continue to engage our top female talent. Cheering on progress is one of our key values that we encourage our teams to live and breathe every day, enabling our business to develop and nurture all of our top talent. Through our diverse workforce we can continue to do the right things for our customers at pace, working and winning as one team. Argos is both honoured and proud to continue to support the everywoman in retail awards. 

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Woman of the Year

Niamh Sterling, CEO - Recipe Guru, Dublin. With Recipe Guru, Niamh takes traditional cookbooks and turns them into revenue generating, bite-size digital content delivering access to new audiences and increasing basket value. By solving the problem of sourcing celebrity chef influencers & white label recipe content at scale, Recipe Guru allows retailers to deliver personalised and relevant online experiences like never before.


Above & Beyond Award

Zuzana Starjakova, Team Manager - Ocado, Luton. After spotting gaps in Ocado’s “Return to Work” policy, she was inspired to create a brand-new policy supporting women returning from maternity leave. She also personally mentored several Personal Shoppers into senior managerial roles and her stellar management has led to the current impressive 99.5% customer satisfaction rate.

Runners up:

  • Vicky Armstrong, Regional Manager - Sainsbury's Argos, Kendal
  • Emma Bartholomeou, Senior Corporate Responsibility Manager – ASOS, London

Customer/User Experience Excellence Award

Rebecca James, General Manager - Argos, Truro. With the customer’s need at heart, she is the brainchild behind Argos’s brand-new customer initiatives, “Speedy and Spark”, which help identify the in-store barriers that stop colleagues giving great service. These programmes have now been adopted across the whole Argos estate.


Runners up:

  • Sarah Marshall, Optometrist / Director - Specsavers, Bicester
  • Wendy Smart, Business Development Manager - Post Office, Manchester


Entrepreneur Award – Sponsored by Amazon

Claudia Lambeth, Founder & CEO - Luna Mae, London. At the age of just 22, she founded a bespoke lingerie service specialising in fitting excellence. After successfully pitching her idea to 14 Angel Investors, she secured the funds to launch her products in Fortnum and Mason. She now has a flagship store in Belgravia with an in-house atelier of exceptional British seamstresses, and a loyal client base of 85% repeat customers from as far away as New Zealand.


Runners up:

  • Joanna Jensen, Founder & CEO - Childs Farm, Basingstoke
  • Amanda Johnson, Owner/Director - Elsie's Attic, Nottingham


Executive Leader Award

Tina Mitchell, Divisional Managing Director - Co-op, Manchester. Under her leadership, the overall performance of approximately 10,000 colleagues has improved, absence has decreased, and employee turnover has reduced significantly. Her phenomenal work extends to managing Co-op’s “Aspire Women’s Network”, which ensures more women are represented at senior levels.

Runners up:

  • Claire Canning, Senior Director, Head of Stores, UK and Ireland - Gap & Gap Outlet, London
  • Anne Secunda, Managing Director - Wallis and Evans, London


Innovator Award – sponsored by IBM iX

Rachel Beattie, Co-founder / Director - Careaux, Manchester. By combining her mathematical background and love of fashion, she designs classic dresses with different sized tops and bottoms, to suit the wearer’s body shape. Rachel now promotes mathematics through STEM clubs and workshops, using the iconic dress design to show how seamlessly STEM skills can fuse with fashion.


Runners up:

  • Niamh Sterling, CEO - Recipe Guru, Dublin
  • Ilana Taub, Co-founder & CEO - SNACT, London


Leader of Change Award

Sue Knowles, Marketing / HR Director - Costco Wholesale UK, Northampton. She has an eagle eye for talent and is passionate about bringing out the best in people. The “Journeys” network she created promotes self-development through mentoring for all employees, while her work within the “Costco University” – an internal training program - has helped develop over 3000 employees.
Runners up:
  • Lidia Long, Director, Customer Service - Amazon, London
  • Julie Thomas, Network Operations Director - Post Office, London


Male Agent of Change Award - sponsored by Specsavers

Dave Brittain, Senior Manager / Technical Advisor, International Retail - Amazon, London. His contribution to boosting diversity across Amazon through the employee affinity group “women@amazon” is unmatched. He actively advocates for inclusive recruitment policies within the business including flexible working, as well as mentoring opportunities for women.
Runners up:
  • Graeme Smith, Managing Director – Amazon Development Centre Scotland, Edinburgh
  • Darren Wilding, General Manager - Sainsbury's Argos, Barrow in Furness


Rising Star Award – Sponsored by Tesco

China-Jade Illidge-Mundle, Floor Manager - Gap, London. At just 19 years old, she progressed from Sales Associate to Floor Manager, and her customer-focused leadership supported the Lewisham Outlet store in achieving a significant increase in sales. Once she became accountable for The Health and Safety Audit, it achieved a 100% compliance score, without a single fail.
Runners up:
  • Lily Carter, Compliance and Safety Apprentice (Retail) - Card Factory, Wakefield
  • Ellen Murley, Founder - Wild Peach, Cheltenham
Past winners
Past winners

The 2017 everywoman in Retail Winners:


Rebecca Douglas, Energy Manager, Tesco, based in Hertfordshire.


Denise Fender, Digital Director, FitFlop, based in London.


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


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


Sarah Kermode, Store Manager, Gap, based in Manchester.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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