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2022 judging panel

Gerald Dawson, Owner, DawsonWorks
Chris Field, Chief Executive, Fieldworks Marketing, and Chairman, Retail Connections
Hayley Meenan-Wilkin, e-Commerce Manager, Fishpools
Nadine Neatrour, Director of Marketing, Selfridges
Sharon Peters, Head of IT Business Solutions, Marks & Spencer
Wizz Selvey, Retail Consultant
Merlin Stone, Managing Director, Merlin Stone
Dr Anjali Subburaj, Digital Commerce, Chief Architect, Mars
Darren Williams, Managing Director, DW Exec

Image titleGerald Dawson, owner, DawsonWorks
Gerald is a former CFO of high-growth consumer businesses Forthglade, Weird Fish, Long Tall Sally and the Cotswold Company. He now helps young consumer brands to scale their finance, ecommerce, operations and funding. Ex-Amazon and PwC.

Image titleChris Field, Chief Executive, Fieldworks Marketing, and Chairman, Retail Connections
Chris is an independent retail analyst, industry speaker and broadcast commentator. He was a journalist for the Financial Times, Retail Week and edited Retail Technology magazine for 10 years. He is retained by the National Retail Federation in the US to recruit non-US retailer to the speaking platforms at the Big Show in New York each January. As well as being one of Sky News’ go-to retail commentators, Chris speaks regularly at international conferences on retailing and writes a weekly blog on tech in retail as managing editor of Retail Connections, a network made up of 12,000 senior EU retailers.

Image titleHayley Meenan-Wilkin, e-Commerce Manager, Fishpools
Hayley Meenan-Wilkin is a highly experienced E-Commerce professional, with an accomplished Digital career which spans many of the largest ECommerce Retailers such as Tesco.com, Bathstore.com, Ocado.com and she now runs the E-Commerce & Web Development team for Fishpools.co.uk

Image titleNadine Neatrour, Director of Marketing, Selfridges
With 20 years’ digital retail experience across a number of blue chip retailers working both client-side and supplier-side, Nadine specialises in helping brands and retailers maximise online and offline trading opportunities through cross-channel integration and effective consumer marketing – and “customer keeping”. In 2015 Nadine took up the position of e-commerce and CRM director at Moët Hennessy, before joining Hobbs as its customer director at the end of 2016. In 2018 she became e-commerce director for Sunday Times Fast Track accredited Revolution Beauty before taking up the helm as interim digital director at fashion giant Ted Baker in 2019. As interim chief customer officer of 20-year old luxury makeup brand ByTerry she most recently led the brand into a major digital transformation through the challenging times of a global pandemic. Nadine is now independently advising a range of retail brands and start-ups.

Image titleSharon Peters, Head of Technology for HR, Finance, Corporate and M&S Bank and Services
Sharon has over 20 years technology and leadership experience across a wide range of domains covering retail, corporate, operations and supply chain. Sharon started her career in stores then moved in support centre and consulting roles. Her passion for technology to release customer value through customer centric and colleague focused solutions. Her career started in Marks & Spencer stores, before she moved to Gap to work in retail IT project management, before taking a role as a management consultant for Accenture. She returned to M&S in a business unit role, then moved into the retail systems team leading the program delivery function through a number of key changes such as POS, stored value gift card, early work force management and stock management solutions. She created and led a new department within international to manage supply chain operations and planning before moving back into IT to head up a portfolio of delivery programs across the food group. For the past 3 years she had lead and developed the corporate technology function in M&S Tech building a product led team that spans HR, Finance, Corporate Services an Bank and Services.

Image titleWizz Selvey, Retail Consultant
Wizz Selvey is former Head of Buying at Selfridges, and Director at Cowshed Beauty and Soho Home. She is a champion for change in the Retail industry, and has an instinct for trends, how to build a disruptive brand and an expert on customer behaviour. Selvey has a history of helping brands combine innovation, creativity and commerciality to get results and achieve double-digit commercial growth. As well as speaking internationally Selvey is also a regular contributor for trade and mainstream media, being featured in WGSN, Beauty Independent, METRO, the Daily Mail, NatWest Business and more.

Image titleDr Anjali Subburaj, Digital Commerce, Chief Architect, Mars
Dr Anjali Subburaj began her career as a lecturer and researcher in physics at the University of Mumbai, India. After emigrating to the UK in 1999, she embarked on her IT career, starting in an IT support role in a start-up company and progressed to becoming a technology architect. Anjali joined Salesforce in 2015, where she gained expertise in cloud architecture and achieved the coveted Salesforce Certified Technical Architect status.  In 2020 Anjali joined Mars, where she applies her extensive knowledge and expertise to architect innovative strategies and solutions in digital commerce including operational systems such as ERP and front office systems such as eCommerce platforms. To support Mars’ DTC strategy, she introduced MACH principles and became a MACH Alliance Ambassador in 2021, steering the implementation of microservices, Agile, API connectivity, Cloud-nativity, and a Headless infrastructure, which allow retail brands to rapidly make changes that enhance the customer experience.

Image titleMerlin Stone, Managing Director, Merlin Stone
Merlin Stone is a Visiting Professor at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London, UK, where he was until 2019 Professor of Marketing and Strategy. He is an economist by training, with a First-Class degree and doctorate from the University of Sussex, UK. He has worked as a consultant, researcher and manager on hundreds of commercial and academic projects in marketing, strategy and information technology, focusing mainly on customer relationship management, digital business, information management, artificial intelligence and the relevance of academic research to commercial practice. He has also worked as a senior academic at many universities. His work is cited by researchers from all over the world. He has written hundreds of academic articles and chapters and more than 20 books on marketing. He is on the editorial boards of several academic journals.

Image titleDarren Williams, Managing Director, DW Exec
Darren Williams (DW) is the Founder of Williams Harding Consulting, having formally held Senior roles in a number of businesses in retail and hospitality, including Hotel Chocolat and Unilever. He is also the Executive Chairman of www.scrubd.com and a Trustee at Action 4 Youth (www.action4youth.org). Williams Harding (www.williamsharding.com) works with start-ups, expanding and distressed businesses, primarily in Retail and Hospitality but also outside of these sectors. DW also speaks on the industry circuit as well as hosting and panel moderating at both corporate and charity events. He currently holds 2 Ambassadorial roles, being a Schools Role Model for Stonewall, and fundraising and awareness for Target Ovarian Cancer. He has run 4 London marathons and a number of other major run series for this charity. Williams Harding also partners with a Bulgarian dog rescue centre www.helenshouseofhope.com (DW even brought one of the residents home for a new life in London).

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