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Retail Design Expo 2018 steering panel meets

The steering panel for Retail Design Expo 2018 met last week in London to discuss developments for the event.

The group discussed the current issues facing the retail sector and contributed ideas for speakers and topics for the seminar programme of next year’s event, as well as giving their feedback on Retail Design Expo 2017.

“It was great to get feedback from our steering panel on this year’s event, plus their new ideas on how to move forward next year. It is rare that we have the time for such a long discussion with retailers, brands and trade associations in one place, and we’re looking forward to implementing some of their suggestions,” says event manager Sarah Adams.

“It’s always good to get such insightful comments, and especially when they come from a group so committed to making Retail Design Expo even better for both exhibitors and visitors alike. Their contribution is one of the key things behind Retail Design Expo being an event shaped by the industry, for the industry.”

Issues discussed included changing consumer behaviour, the importance of experiential retail, and the growing importance of VM in modern retail.

The Retail Design Expo 2018 steering panel members are:

Simon Bentley, Retail Director Europe, Trek Bicycle Corporation

Antony Behiels, Director, Shop and Display Equipment Association

Keith Andrews, Head of Retail Portfolio & Innovation, Thomas Cook

Andy Turnball, Creative Director, The Honest Brand

Sonal Redgrove, Senior Manager - Global Store Design and Proposition, Costa Coffee

David Blakeney, Director of Store Development, House of Fraser

Charlotte Parsons, Global Visual Manager, Food, Ambient and Seasonal Events, Marks & Spencer

Jenny Lau – Fuller, Senior Retail Design Manager, Westfield

Peter Duys, Head of Customer Experience, Samsung

Jon Tollit, Principal, Gensler

Mark Jordan, Space Planning and Store Development Director, Debenhams

Xenia Olajosova, Brand Management Director, Duracell

Jade Swaby, Brand Creative Design Manager, KFC

Andrew Price, Head of Retail Equipment & Store Planning, Mothercare

James Llewellyn, UK Head of Shopper, GFK

Ian Johnston, Founder, Quinine Design

Tom Nathan, General Manager, Brent Cross

Clare Otte, Visual Merchandising Director, Foot Locker

Robert Hudson, Chief Executive, National Association of Shopfitters

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