Retail Week Live 2017 will play host to some of the biggest names in the industry. Here we profile three more top speakers:
Andrew Murphy, John Lewis Partnership group productivity director
Murphy formerly served as John Lewis’s retail director, but his current role is a more over-arching one, which sees him work with the board to boost performance and productivity across the business.
With productivity a watchword in retail - particularly in light of the new National Living Wage - Murphy’s thoughts on the topic are sure to be fascinating.
Reporting directly to chairman Sir Charlie Mayfield, Murphy was retail director at the department store group from 2010 to 2015, before which he spent a year as director of operations development, shaping John Lewis’ operating model across channels.
After previously holding the position of managing director for its Aberdeen and Edinburgh stores, Murphy is very well respected north of the border, where he is the current chairman of the Scottish Retail Consortium.
He has also held non-executive roles at various Scottish civic initiatives such as Essential Edinburgh and Edinburgh Leisure, and spent two years as the chairman of the UK China Visa Alliance.
Alex Gourlay, co-chief operating officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance
The softly-spoken Scot started working in one of Boots’ stores and worked his way up to his current role overseeing the operations of both Walgreens and Boots.
He made the switch to Walgreens in October 2013 as executive vice president and president of customer experience and daily living as part of a shake-up.
His previous roles have also included chief executive of the health & beauty division of Alliance Boots and managing director of Boots UK.
Having worked for the business before the mega-merger with Walgreens, Gourlay’s thoughts on the inner workings of the global giant and the challenges the firm has faced will be essential viewing.
Catriona Marshall, Hobbycraft chief executive
Hobbycraft continues to thrive under the leadership of Marshall, who has clocked up nearly six years at the arts and the craft retailer.
A keen knitter and clay-modeller, Marshall has laid the foundations to scale the business over the next five years. She has invested in ecommerce, which grew a whopping 142% in the last financial year, supply chain and in keeping prices down.
Now Hobbycraft is focused on accelerating its expansion. Marshall believes the arts and crafts retailer can grow to 150 stores and has started opening smaller-format shops to reach her target quicker.
Her thoughts on how this has been achieved and future plans will be invaluable to attendees.
Retail Week Live 2017 takes place on March 8 to 9 at The Intercontinental Hotel, O2, London.