Elevator programme mentors

John Egan

John is a passionate, self-made, highly respected CEO and entrepreneur. John has global brand experience across fashion, accessories and footwear. He loves people, brands and making things happen.

John is a Non-Executive Director and shareholder of Dune, and is currently advising a number of businesses including Ted Baker, as well as up-and-coming entrepreneurs.

June Lawlor

June has over 30 years’ experience in the fashion industry, an accomplished and creative buying director with a natural intuition for product and sharp commercial savvy. She started her career in Topshop and went on in the industry to operate at board level for 20 years, latterly as director of womenswear, accessories and beauty at House of Fraser.

In 2010 she established June Lawlor Associates Ltd consulting to predominantly high end retailers and brands within her large international network. She is a Non-Executive Director of the Royal Collection Enterprises Ltd. Holds an academic post at UAL and is a Fellow of the RSA.

June is an ardent mentor to growing businesses and young talent. With a high level of personal integrity using her expertise and experience to improve the businesses or individuals she advises.

Keely Stocker

Keely joined Drapers more than 13 years ago and now leads the magazine, website and all events.

As editor, Keely works closely with the editorial and commercial teams to build Drapers multichannel strategy and continually enhance the brand to focus on its core proposition – to provide a competitive advantage to the leaders and future leaders of fashion businesses to help them future-proof their business and do their jobs better.

Keely has written across news, fashion and features with a particular focus on new innovations and developments in the world of multichannel fashion. She can regularly be seen hosting panels at industry events and featuring in national media.

Lawrence Blunt

Lawrence has more than 40 years’ experience working in the jewellery industry. Lawrence started out in sales and formed his own company Lawrence Blunt Ltd in 1991, supplying most of the main retail groups including Signet Jewelers, the Watches of Switzerland Group, Beaverbrooks, Fraser Hart and many independent retailers throughout the UK.

Last year the company merged with Continental who are one of the world’s largest jewellery manufacturers. Lawrence is a shareholder and Managing Director of the new venture, CJUK.

Liz Evans

Liz has over 20 years’ experience in retail and is currently the CEO of Oasis and Warehouse. On 1 March 2019 Liz will take up a new role as the CEO of FatFace. A family lifestyle brand, FatFace is an award winning international, omnichannel brand with a strong presence in the UK and a growing US business. 

Liz is passionate about the development of emerging talent within the fashion and retail industry and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award and Honorary Professorship by Glasgow Caledonian University. Liz is an ambassador for the Retail Week Be Inspired program as well as being a Director on the Princes Trust Trading Board. 

Mark Gifford

Mark is Chairman of Artificial Labs (a leading insure-tech business), Non-Executive Director at Radley and Non-Executive Director at No 9 Investments Ltd. 

Mark was CFO at Game Digital during 2015 and 2018 and prior to that CFO at House of Fraser. After qualifying with KPMG Mark worked in various senior finance roles in the travel industry between 1994 and 2002.

Nigel Oddy

Nigel’s career in the retail sector spans 40 years. Most recently he has spent two years as CEO of The Range. Previous to this he spent ten years at House of Fraser where he progressed from Executive Director responsible for Home and Hospitality, to Chief Operating Officer, and finally to Chief Executive. Nigel’s retail career started on the shop floor at Marks and Spencer. He went on to spend 23 years with the company, holding senior positions in retail, buying and merchandising, and sourcing. 

Nigel's skill base covers all aspects of the retail critical path, from concept to delivery, as well as both online and bricks and mortar. He has worked with factories across the world and has spent an extensive amount of time in the Far East, where he lived for two years.

Stefan Cassar

Stefan Cassar has a long and distinguished career within the retail industry as an owner / manager during which time he has jointly owned and operated the following brands, The Shoe Studio Group Ltd, Warehouse and Principles. He was also an investor and Chief Financial Officer at House of Fraser playing an integral role in its public to private acquisition. 

Since qualifying as an accountant with BDO Stoy Hayward in 1990, Stefan has gained extensive operating and commercial experience. His responsibilities at board level have encompassed finance, legal, property, HR, logistics and IT, as well as general operational management. His entrepreneurial approach to business has provided detailed experience of corporate transactions including company acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, disposals, floatations and the associated legal, banking and advisory aspects that accompany such transactions.

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