Who's speaking at LDC's 17th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit on 4th June?

22 May 2018 by Sarah Phillips

Things are getting busy at LDC HQ as we have less than two weeks to go until LDC's 17th Retail and Leisure Trends Summit on June 4th.

June's event will be kindly hosted by BDO LLP at their beautiful offices on Baker Street. As this year marks LDC's 15th anniversary, we have decided to mix up the format of the event slightly. For the full agenda, please visit the event page here.

This year, we have invited guest speakers who will talk about their experiences with innovation in retail alongside keynote presentations from The Local Data Company and BDO LLP.

If you are joining us on the day, here are the speakers you will hear from:

Lucy Stainton, Senior Relationship Manager at The Local Data Company

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Lucy joined LDC with extensive experience from her time at CACI and now heads up commercial relationships across the retail, leisure, advisory, investor and private equity verticals. Lucy’s current role involves building and maintaining long-term relationships within some of the UK’s leading brands, working in partnership with occupiers and investors providing data, technology and analytics to power location strategy, competitor tracking, due diligence and portfolio optimisation. Outside of LDC, for the 5th year now, Lucy also works with the Retail Trust and is Deputy Chair of the organising committee for the Retail Trust London Celebration; a flagship event on the industry calendar.


Sophie Michael, Head of Retail and Wholesale at BDO LLP


Sophie is the National Head of Retail and Wholesale at BDO LLP. She is an Audit Partner with over 25 years of experience of advising clients. She is passionate about the retail sector and has specialised in advising large private, private equity owned and listed clients from within the sector throughout her 25 year career. She leads the strategy and development of the sector nationally and works with clients as they navigate an ever-changing environment. Outside client work, she is a member of the ICAEW Retail Sector Report Working Group, drives the weekly BDO High Street Sales Tracker which tracks LFL sales and leads the BDO Retail FD Forum.


James Bidwell, Chair at Springwise, Co-Founder of Re_Set and author of Disrupt! 100 Lessons in Business Innovation 


James is a highly experienced CMO and CEO with a successful career in leading transformational change. As CEO of Springwise and Re_Set he sits at the nexus of the disruption economy and leads on innovation strategy, intelligence and working with Boards and CEOs to create successful businesses of the future. James is the Author of “Disrupt! 100 Lessons in Business Innovation” published by Hodder and Stoughton 2017.  Operating at the nexus of global change James brings deep experience and insight to digital, brand and innovation across all organisational disciplines at a time of unprecedented uncertainty and opportunity.  At Springwise, James is immersed in the global innovation community with deep insight into the newest and most transformative new businesses and innovations from every corner of the world. Springwise Innovation Snapshots have become a must-read for CEOs, innovators, investors, educators and corporates from all sectors.   


Neil Sebba, Finance Director at Tossed

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Neil joined Tossed as Finance Director in 2010 when the business had just four stores.  Since then, he and Vincent Mckevitt (Founder and MD) have transformed the business, and it now trades from 40 locations in London, on the motorways and overseas.  They are passionate about leading innovation in the food service sector, having pioneered the first cashless stores in Europe and, more recently, introduced fresh healthy vending to the UK.  Outside of work, Neil enjoys spending time with his young family, playing and watching football, and can be found on the ski slopes as often as possible in the winter.


Darren Williams, Founder of DW Exec

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Darren Williams (Known as DW) is Managing Director at DW Exec consulting, and a Board Director at the Italian Wine business Vini Italiani. DW Exec specialises in Interim C-suite/non-exec, Customer Experience and Location Strategy. Darren 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 – the disease to which he lost his Mother. He is also a former Chairman of the Committee for the Retail Trust and continues to support the charity from the sidelines.

He entered the industry at the age of 17 and worked as a Store Manager from the age of 19 through to his late twenties, then in 1998, was part of the team that launched Orange Retail, where he quickly progressed to his first Area Management role.

Darren has experience across multiple genres of the Retail industry, including leading the Argos business in London, and heading up the expansion of the Hotel Chocolat Retail business between 2009-2014. More recent roles were Commercial Director at the UK arm of the French Bakery Paul, and Country Director of T2, part of Unilever, where he established the business in the UK and USA markets.

A keen runner, he has completed 3 London marathons and will continue further fundraising runs for Target Ovarian Cancer in 2018.


The presentations will be followed by a drinks reception where we will be joined by innovative young businesses who are making a difference to the retail sector including:

We are currently oversubscribed for this event. However, if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for a ticket, please click here or on the image below and register and you will be allocated a ticket should one become available.

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