2018/01/23 08:30:00
  • 3rd Welsh Retail and Leisure Summit

    Cardiff University | 23rd January 2018 | 08:30AM – 11:30AM

    Kindly hosted by Cardiff University 


The Panel

After Chris and Scott present the findings from the latest report on Welsh retail, an expert panel will discuss the findings as well as answer questions from the audience.

Carole Green


Carole Green
Business Correspondent
ITV Wales
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Chris Fowler
Relationship Manager


Dr. Scott Orford
Lecturer in GIS and Spatial Analysis
Cardiff University
Eleri Rosier Photo copy


Dr. Eleri Rosier
Senior Lecturer in Marketing and Strategy, Cardiff Business School
Simon Baston


Simon Bastin
Managing Director
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Beverly Owen
Strategic Director – Place
Newport City Council


08:30AM – 09:00AM

Registration and Coffee/Tea

09:00AM – 09:05AM

Welcome and introduction to the Summit

09:05AM – 09:40AM

Chris Fowler and Dr. Scott Orford – Keynote Presentation

Chris and Scott will reveal the latest trends in retail and leisure across Wales including vacancy and persistent vacancy rates, health index scores and an overview of openings and closures trends across store classifications. They will also review the health of Wales’ retail and leisure market in relation to other GB countries.

09:40AM – 09:55 AM

Dr. Eleri Rosier – Presentation on Cardiff University’s Community Gateway projects

09:55AM – 10:30AM

Panel Presentations and Discussion

10:30AM – 11:00AM

Audience Q&A

You will have the opportunity to ask the panel any questions about the presentation or wider retail and leisure trends.

11:00AM – 11:30AM

Coffee and Networking

Kindly hosted by Cardiff University

Committee Rooms 1&2, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff

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Carole is a senior News and Business Correspondent for ITV covering stories across Wales. After graduating in International Relations and French she began her journalistic career with the North Wales Weekly News Group. She joined BBC Wales and spent eight years working in TV and radio news programmes including producing Good Morning Wales and reporting for Wales Today. She crossed over to ITV to become the North Wales Correspondent, working her home patch.

Chris has over 20 years’ experience in helping retailers, leisure brands and destinations to optimise their locations and increase customer loyalty by maximising the value of data. He has a background in location planning and customer insight with major retailers such as Boots and Tesco, followed by 10 years at Experian Marketing Services where he worked with a range of UK and global brands to understand their catchment areas and customers in order to drive quality footfall and link to online channels.

Since joining LDC Chris has focused on helping local authorities and Business Improvement Districts to better understand the latest market dynamics within their areas and monitor vitality.  By deploying a network of ‘smartstreetsensors’ across over 80 town centres, LDC is building up a picture of how pavement footfall trends relate to the retail mix on our high streets.  This insight is being used to better manage places, target new investment and ultimately make town centres more successful.

Scott is a quantitative social geographer at Cardiff University and specialises in GIS and spatial statistical analysis in the areas of housing, health, socio-economic inequalities and population studies. He leads the WISERD DataPortal project and has an interest in the use of Big Data in social science and policy research. He has published his work in a variety of books, policy reports and journals.

Dr Eleri Rosier is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing and Strategy at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University.  She has been working with the Grangetown Community Gateway Project since 2015. She is a Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM). Before joining Cardiff Business School, she gained industrial experience in the marketing and has acted as consultant to a variety of charities and social enterprises.

Eleri will present flagship work as part of Cardiff University’s Community Gateway projects where several student-led projects have focused on the decline of the high street in Grangetown and helped to revitalise the independent shopping arena with a successful Business Forum and shop local schemes including the instigation of a world street market. 


Simon Baston, the owner of Loftco (www.loftco.net) specialises in complex refurbishment of often listed, difficult buildings into hugely sustainable and regeneration areas. In particular the Tramshed in Cardiff and the Pumphouse in Barry  are two of the award-winning schemes he has just worked on.  In particular, he enjoys working with SME’s and providing complex housing solutions at affordable rents and prices.

Beverly has over 20 years’ experience of senior local government experience across a variety of roles.  Having led the development and delivery of a number of major economic and social regeneration programmes in South East Wales, Beverly was appointed as Newport’s Head of Regeneration, Investment & Housing in March 2015.

Appointed as Newport City Council’s Strategic Director for Place in July 2016, Beverly is the Council’s Senior Officer with responsibility for Newport’s ongoing economic growth and development.  With oversight of Regeneration and a wide range of other city services, Beverly is also a Board Director of the Cardiff Capital Region’s Compound Semi-Conductor Foundry and Newport Norse Joint Venture Property Company.