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.
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Sinead is experienced in Category Management, Product Development, Commercial Negotiations from a Buying and Selling perspective, Market Strategy & Planning, General Management and Analytical Consulting including Econometrics.
After diverse and exciting roles at both Marks and Spencer and Asda Walmart, Fiona joined the Pets at Home Vet Group in 2015.
Her time with M&S and Asda saw Fiona lead teams across Operations, People, Store Development and Trading. She served as Retail and Store Development Director for George clothing, Retail HRD for Asda, Central Operations Director for Asda and latterly Vice President for the George Clothing and Home divisions.
Fiona joined the Pets at Home Vet Group as Director for People, Property and Partnerships and has since added the Operations division to her portfolio. As a member of the Executive Board at the Vet Group, Fiona’s remit covers the veterinary first opinion and specialist hospitals divisions as well as the support office teams.
As the winner of the 2010 everywoman in Retail Awards for Inspirational Leadership, Fiona is passionate about enabling other females to truly reach their full potential in business and to leverage the power of diverse teams in the workplace.Fiona sits on the board of trustees for the 'Women In Retail' organisation and remains actively involved with everywoman, most recently working with them on a trailblazing programme for female leaders in the veterinary profession.
As Specsavers Director of Public Relations, Jo has responsibility for the reputation of 800 optical stores and audiology centres in the UK and Ireland. She was one of the first women in the world to be awarded Chartered PR Practitioner status by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations in 2009 and has twice been shortlisted for best in-house PR professional of the year by the PRCA. Jo graduated from Kent University with an honours degree in English and American Literature and spent eight years as a journalist and editor before joining Specsavers, where she has been for 22 years.
Helen leads the team and sets the strategic direction of the BRC. She joined in January 2013 and has been working with retailers for over 25 years. She is also a judge of the everywoman in Retail Awards and was previously Chair of Working Chance, a charity helping women offenders find employment between 2012 and 2016. Helen was previously UK Head of Retail at KPMG, driving and developing the retail practice and leading relationships and audits for many clients. Helen was awarded the OBE in 2016 for Services to Retail.
As Global Chief Financial Officer at Stella McCartney, Sandra’s responsibilities have been growing to include Retail Intelligence & Operations. Sandra is a diversity conscious leader, passionate about ensuring a welcoming work environment and mindful of different cultures and needs. Sandra manages a predominantly international team, and as such is acutely aware of her responsibility to create natural paths to success for ethnic minority employees.
Sandra won a Black British Business Award in the Consumer and Luxury category, and has begun setting up a foundation to support young ethnic minority talent to enter, develop and grow in the fashion industry. This project is in addition to her work mentoring young people who are looking for career advice. Sandra has been collaborating with the Istituto Marangoni and has recently entered the Involve mentoring programme. Sandra regularly speak on panels, sharing her mentoring experiences and helping to empower young, ethnic minority women.
Siobhan Forey has over 20 years’ experience within fashion retail Human Resources. In 1994, Siobhan joined the HR Department of the Burton Group (later to become the Arcadia Group Ltd). In her early career at Arcadia, Siobhan held various roles including Management Development Advisor, HR Officer, HR Assistant and HR Manager until August 2001 when she became Retail Human Resources Manager for Dorothy Perkins and Burton.
In December 2002, Siobhan was appointed Head of Human Resources, Miss Selfridge and held this role until July 2003 when she became Director of Human Resources, Evans. Siobhan joined the Group HR function in 2006 as Group HR Director, she subsequently held the role of COO – HR & Operations before moving to her current position of Chief HR Officer in March 2018.
Siobhan is a Main Board & Operating Board member, reporting into Owner & Group Chief Executive Officer. Siobhan is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.
Julie joined TJX Europe in 2002 after a long career in the electronics industry. From her first role as first line manager in the Wakefield processing centre, Julie was encouraged to work her way through various management roles, becoming an experienced leader of high volume operations, and developing skills in process redesign and continuous improvement. After successfully managing processing centres in the UK, Julie established TJX Europe’s first processing centre in mainland Europe in Bergheim, Germany. In her current role as VP Director of UK Distribution & Ecomm Fulfilment Centre she is responsible for three major UK processing centres.
Julie provides a strong role model in TJX Europe for female leadership and is an ambassador for diversity and inclusion across the business. A member of Everywoman, she has a real passion for driving development, recognizing the talent and potential in all associates and creating succession plans that provide opportunities throughout the distribution business. Julie believes that associates – from whatever background, education, gender or culture – should be encouraged to believe in themselves and their own potential and be given a supportive and positive environment in which to grow and develop.
An up-and-coming business leader in payments, Anita has almost 15 years’ experience in the sector. Prior to joining Barclaycard’s payment technology business, she was responsible for developing new strategic ventures at both Lloyds TSB and Visa Europe. She was also one of PayPal’s first UK employees, playing a key role in launching its UK merchant services business and establishing PayPal as a brand in its own right outside of its parent company, eBay. In 2017, she was awarded ninth place in EMpower’s Ethnic Minority Future Leader’s list, and she currently leads the Barclays Women’s Initiative Network within Barclaycard’s payment technology business. She is also featured in Brummell Magazine’s “30 ones to watch 2018” which celebrates the performance and achievements of the City’s brightest young talent in the financial services sector and related fields.
Simmone Haywood is responsible for the recruitment, learning and development of 84,000 employees across all roles for Marks and Spencer plc. Simmone leads a team of 50 staff and is responsible for succession planning for the most senior 120 positions within the company internationally, either developing the required talent in-house or talent-spotting from an external network. Simmone leads and coaches a team of HR Business Partners, and is the HR Business Partner accountable for all the corporate areas of the business (IT, Finance, Marketing, HR, and dot.com). She also has responsibility for developing and delivering the Diversity and Inclusion strategy, as well as employee engagement. Simmone is a Fellow of the CIPD.
Penny is a strategic global brand and marketing specialist with extensive experience spanning both Client and Agency leadership roles. For the past 5 years, Penny has worked at Boden as their Global Brand Director where she has significantly increased brand strength, contributing to sustained revenue growth. Penny is a passionate and powerful collaborator and builder of strong teams , who thrives in entrepreneurial, fast-paced cultures and is a strong campaigner and supporter of women in Marketing and Communication through her WACL activities. In 2016, Penny was voted Ad Age Woman to Watch in Europe.
Lauren is Director for AWS S3 at Amazon’s Development Centre leading a team of engineers working at the intersection of compute and storage.
She is a champion for diversity and a STEM supporter. She is the executive sponsor of the Diversity Working Group at Amazon’s Development Centre in Cambridge, which aims to foster a diverse workplace. She was awarded the 2017 everywoman in Retail Ambassador of the Year Award for her dedication to addressing the gender gap. Lauren has led outreach efforts to inspire girls to study STEM subjects at school by inviting them to Amazon’s drone lab and visited schools as a Prime Air STEM Ambassador.
Prior to joining S3, Lauren was Director for Amazon Prime Air - a delivery system designed to safely get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using drones. Lauren led a global team of world‐renowned roboticists, scientists, and aeronautical engineers. In this senior role, Kisser led teams in flight operations, flight testing, product development, vehicle operations development and business operations. She holds two patents on automated fulfillment of unmanned aerial vehicles and multi-level fulfillment center for unmanned aerial vehicles.
Having spent over a decade at the company, Lauren has held multiple positions within Amazon’s information security and e-commerce teams. Prior to joining Amazon, Lauren drove security and compliance initiatives for Disney and Washington Mutual and was Director of IT for the Cable Telecommunications Association for Marketing.
Claire is VP Merchandising EMEIA at Burberry. With other 17 years’ experience in luxury goods, Claire has worked with Hermes, Gucci, Richemont Group and LVMH and specialised in retail buying, marketing and central merchandising. Claire has been based in Milan, Paris, New York and London.
Carrie Rubin is Director of Pentland Group plc, President of Pentland USA and is the third generation involved in the family business. She has lived in Hong Kong and New York.
The Pentland Group has four divisions: brand management, retail, venture capital and fund management. It owns or operates brands in sports, outdoor and fashion.
Carrie’s speciality is design and creativity. She is involved with Cordwainers and various other colleges both in the UK and internationally to help develop the Pentland graduate design team. She is a member of the Board of FFANY, The Two Ten Footwear Foundation, and also a member of everywoman.
Sue James has over 30 years’ experience working in the media industry and was the award-winning editorial director of woman&home, the UK’s leading consumer title for 40+ women, and a senior executive at TimeInc (UK).
Now she runs her own media and brand consultancy, Sue James Ltd, advising clients from all sectors - especially retail, health and wellbeing - about brand marketing, content creation and customer engagement. Her belief is always to put the customer at the centre of everything you do knowing what they want, before they even want it!
Sue is a consummate communicator and has an astute understanding of the needs and aspirations of women globally, having herself worked in the USA, Europe and South Africa. She is passionate about mentoring and has helped, encouraged and inspired women of all ages throughout her career. Sue works with and is a long-term supporter of everywoman in order to help continue advancing women in business. Sue is a Board Member of Sport England and a Trustee of the National Centre of Circus Art.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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