Championing hope, health and happiness in retail.

From 1832 onwards the Retail Trust has evolved from its humble beginnings at the London Coffee House into the charity we recognise today. Our story would not be the same without the retail pioneers who have honoured our past and continue to shape our future.  

The Retail Trust ambassador programme is proud to partner with the new pioneers in retail: over 40 senior leaders who share our passion for putting people at the heart of what we do. By providing valuable time to raise awareness and promote crucial fundraising initiatives, our ambassadors will help us champion health in retail.

Chairs of our ambassador group

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    Avis Darzins

    2021-03-24T14:34:00+00:00

    Avis is a long-standing supporter of the Retail Trust with experience working for and serving on the boards of high profile retailers.

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    Damian Hopkins CBE

    2021-03-24T10:54:00+00:00

    Chief Executive Officer, Radius Group Trading

Ambassadors

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    Adrian Wright

    2021-05-27T12:13:00+01:00

    Chairman of Brindisa Foods, Director/ Shareholder of My Little Travel Bug

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    Ali Athar

    2024-02-06T12:26:00+00:00

    Founder & Chief Executive Officer.

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    Andrew Jurd

    2023-11-01T15:31:00+00:00

    Head of Retail HR, Next and Pride At Next Chair

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    Andy Moat

    2021-03-24T11:47:00+00:00

    People Director, B&Q

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    Anna Blackburn

    2022-04-21T11:14:00+01:00

    Managing Director, Beaverbrooks 

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    Anthony Fletcher

    2022-09-21T13:16:00+01:00

    Founder of Believe in Science

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    Anthony Houghton

    2023-06-16T08:03:00+01:00

    COO, Holland & Barrett

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    Bridget Lea

    2021-03-24T11:50:00+00:00

    Managing Director of Commercial, BT plc

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    Christian Hansen

    2021-03-24T11:56:00+00:00

    Partner and Head of the General Retail Practice, Newton

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    Colin Porter

    2021-03-24T11:57:00+00:00

    Non-exec Chairman, Emma Bridgewater, FatFace and Le Mieux

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    Colin Temple

    2021-03-24T12:00:00+00:00

    CEO, schuh

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    Darren Williams

    2021-10-19T13:50:00+01:00

    Founder of Williams Harding Consulting

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    David Keens

    2021-03-24T12:10:00+00:00

    Non-executive roles Auto Trader and Moonpig

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    David Robinson

    2021-03-24T12:11:00+00:00

    COO, Pets at Home

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    Ed Connolly

    2021-03-24T12:12:00+00:00

    Group CCO, Currys Plc

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    Fiona Lambert

    2022-01-27T14:17:00+00:00

    Managing Director of Jaeger at M&S

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    Fran Minogue

    2021-03-24T12:17:00+00:00

    Managing Partner, Clarity and Non-Exec Director at Portobello Business Centre

  • Fraser Brown

    Fraser Brown

    2022-04-21T08:07:00+01:00

    Retail and Property Director, Heathrow Airport Limited

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    Gary Thatcher

    2023-09-14T10:40:00+01:00

    CEO & Co-Founder, The Retail Summit

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    Hannah Ngakane

    2021-03-24T12:20:00+00:00

    Strategic Partner Manager for English Speaking Countries, Pinterest

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    Helen Connolly

    2022-09-21T14:20:00+01:00

    CEO, New Look

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    Helen Dickinson OBE

    2022-07-04T09:50:00+01:00

    Chief Executive, BRC

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    Ian Saville

    2023-02-20T12:25:00+00:00

    Partner & Voice of the Customer, Development Manager | John Lewis Partnership

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    James Batham

    2022-02-07T11:41:00+00:00

    Client and Markets Partner, Dentons

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    James Gold

    2021-03-24T12:52:00+00:00

    Co-Founder, Skinnydip

  • James Gordon

    James Gordon

    2021-08-24T10:22:00+01:00

    Marketing Director, Karcher GB & Ireland 

  • James Hurrell

    James Hurrell

    2023-02-21T13:35:00+00:00

    Managing Director, Grocery & Consumer | Wincanton

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    James Kelly

    2021-05-10T09:53:00+01:00

    Regional Director, UK, Oracle Retail

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    James Wilkie

    2021-03-24T12:53:00+00:00

    Retail Operations, Production and Development Director, Fiorrucci

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    Jennifer Morrison

    2023-03-16T11:12:00+00:00

    Head of Enterprise Retail, Microsoft UK

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    John Hutchinson

    2021-03-24T12:55:00+00:00

    Director, Retra and Trustee, ABC

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    Julian Burnett

    2021-07-14T10:28:00+01:00

    Non-executive Director, Sook

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    Karl Doyle

    2021-03-24T13:01:00+00:00

    Vice President, George Clothing at Asda

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    Kash Ghedia

    2021-03-24T13:02:00+00:00

    CIO, Welcome Break

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    Kevin Barrett

    2023-06-08T12:37:00+01:00

    Group CEO, Nestware Holdings Ltd

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    ​Kypros Kyprianou

    2021-09-10T09:16:00+01:00

    Group Chief Executive for the Theo Paphitis Retail Group

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    Lee Frankham

    2021-03-24T13:04:00+00:00

    Retail Director for EE & BT stores

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    Liz Bell

    2021-08-24T09:31:00+01:00

    HR Director, Screwfix 

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    Lorraine Culligan

    2021-03-24T13:58:00+00:00

    Group Director of People and Culture, Primark

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    Louise Stonier

    2021-03-24T14:01:00+00:00

    Chief Operating Officer of the Vet Group, Pets at Home Ltd

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    Lucy Stainton

    2021-03-24T14:07:00+00:00

    Commercial Director, Local Data Company

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    Lucy Williams

    2023-05-16T11:29:00+01:00

    Head of Legal, the Vet Group

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    Mark Newtown-Jones

    2021-03-24T14:10:00+00:00

    Non-Executive Director, Mothercare

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    Mark Wright

    2021-03-24T14:17:00+00:00

    Global Operations Director, FatFace

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    Martin Newman

    2023-08-04T15:20:00+01:00

    Non-Executive Chairman of the Scout Store, board advisor to Clearpay, board advisor to Marketplacer and Trustee of In Kind Direct

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    Mike Butler

    2023-11-17T15:14:00+00:00

    Sales and Marketing Executive Director, Nutun

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    Nick Beighton

    2023-02-03T13:14:00+00:00

    CEO, Matchesfashion

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    Nick Burton

    2021-11-15T12:15:00+00:00

    Technology Director, Screwfix

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    Nikki Zamblera

    2021-03-24T14:27:00+00:00

    Executive Director HR, Watches of Switzerland Group

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    Oliver Vernon-Harcourt

    2023-08-10T12:26:00+01:00

    UK Retail Lead Partner, Deloitte

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    Paddy Earnshaw

    2021-03-24T14:28:00+00:00

    Customer and Digital Director, B&Q

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    ​Paddy Lillis

    2023-07-13T14:06:00+01:00

    General Secretary, Usdaw

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    Paul Martin

    2021-03-25T09:06:00+00:00

    Global Retail Lead & UK Head of Retail, KPMG

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    Paul Szumilewicz

    2021-03-25T09:08:00+00:00

    Chief Customer Officer, C. Hoare & Co

  • Peter Briffett - CEO and co-founder of financial wellbeing company Wagestream

    Peter Briffett

    2022-07-15T09:58:00+01:00

    CEO and Co-founder, Wagestream

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    Peter Cross

    2021-03-25T09:11:00+00:00

    Customer Experience Director | John Lewis Partnership 

  • Roger Bannister

    Roger Bannister

    2021-03-25T09:17:00+00:00

    Chief Buying Officer, TJX Europe

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    Sach Kukadia

    2021-03-30T10:23:00+01:00

    Founder, CEO and Chairman of 7879

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    Sally Minto

    2021-03-25T09:18:00+00:00

    Digital Director, Revolution Beauty

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    Sarah Welsh

    2022-09-21T14:22:00+01:00

    Retail CEO, N Brown

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    Sarah Willett

    2021-09-27T09:56:00+01:00

    Chief People Officer, The Very Group

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    Sean Ghouse

    2022-09-21T14:24:00+01:00

    Director of Retail UK, Fortnum & Mason

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    Simon Smith

    2022-04-29T14:00:00+01:00

    Retail Director, Beaverbrooks

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    Sir Ian Cheshire

    2021-03-25T09:20:00+00:00

    Non-Executive Director, Barclays, BT Group plc and Chairman Menhaden plc and Chair of Prince Wales’s Charitable fund

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    Tom Charlick

    2022-09-21T14:26:00+01:00

    Partner and Head of OC&C’s Retail & Leisure Practice

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    Touker Suleyman

    2021-03-25T09:26:00+00:00

    Owner, Hawes & Curtis, Ghost and Low Profile Holdings, Investor on BBC’s Dragons Den

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    Tracey Clements

    2021-03-25T09:28:00+00:00

    CEO of Convenience Europe, BP

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    Will Kernan

    2021-03-25T09:30:00+00:00

    Chief Executive Officer, River Island