London Summit 2016
Kings Place, May 17-18

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Landis Smithers

VP Marketing, Grindr

Landis Smithers, Vice President of Marketing, Grindr, is crafting Grindr’s evolution from a social networking app into a global lifestyle brand. Shortly after graduating from Cornell University with a degree in English and Social Anthropology, Smithers started his career at global advertising agency, Leo Burnett spearheading national campaigns for clients such as Clarion and Special K.

Andrew Ellis

Senior Manager - Europe CRM, Gap

Andrew is Senior CRM Manager for Gap and leads the CRM strategy and execution for Europe. He has over 8 years of retail marketing experience and a broad remit that includes acquisition, retention, loyalty, email and partnerships. Most recently he has led a project team to launch Gap's first mobile loyalty programme in Europe, Gap+.

Candice Fragis

Buying and Merchandising Director, Farfetch

Candice Fragis is the Buying and Merchandising Director for Farfetch. She brings to the company over 12 years of experience in the industry, having started her career in the buying department at Browns.

At Farfetch she leads the buying, merchandising and visual merchandising teams across men’s, women’s, kids and beauty.

Martin Bartle

Former Global Communications and eCommerce Director, Agent Provocateur

Martin has 20 years of eCommerce and online marketing experience in luxury and fashion retail with over 30 brands including as the Marketing Director at NET-A-PORTER. He provided strategic and tactical support to Matches Fashion and MyTheresa during their transition from boutiques into online businesses. At Lane Crawford Martin was the VP of Business Development and led an 18 month project launching them online in China and internationally.

Eve Williams

Brand Director, ASOS

Eve Williams is the Brand Director of ASOS, the online fashion retailer. The site stocks an edit of the best fashion for 20 somethings around the world with over 75,000 lines and 900 brands on the site at any one time, and ships to over 150 countries around the world every day. Eve’s remit includes marketing, content, social and creative – all the touch points to ensure brand remains relevant to a fast moving target audience.

James Wintle

Global Director of Digital and Technology, AllSaints

James Wintle joined AllSaints in August 2005 in the Retail team, after 3 years across Flagship stores and Area Management took leadership of the brand's digital business. Since then Wintle has expanded AllSaints' digital & eCommerce presence from the UK to Europe, North America and most recently Korea to great success, with a key focus on customer experience & engagement.

Kate Blythe

Global Content Director,

Kate is Global Content Director at MATCHESFASHION.COM. She joined the team in early 2013 to head up the in-house editorial team and help create engaging, inspiring content across all platforms that speaks to luxury customers everywhere and on every device. Under the direction of Kate, MATCHESFASHION.COM produces a bi-annual print magazine and two weekly online magazines containing designer interviews, fashion shoots, and trend advice.

Aoife Desmond

Senior Manager, eCommerce, Twitter

​Aoife is an industry manager at Twitter UK for Retail and eCommerce. With 15 years of experience in digital marketing, she previously led Facebook's​ retail team and managed agency ​​development within German speaking markets. Prior to this she was Head of European Marketing at VisitScotland and led brand strategy for the award-winning 'Meet the Scots' marketing​ campaign, which won a Euro Effie and Marketing Excellence Award.

Pia Stanchina

Industry Manager - Digital Acceleration: Fashion & Luxury Retail, Google

At Google, Pia manages a portfolio of fashion, luxury and beauty pureplay and multi-channel advertisers, strategically consulting senior-level executives on tech, business and consumer trends and the benefits of Google’s e-commerce solutions. She also advises on the British Fashion Council’s innovation and digital pillar that aims to make London the most technologically savvy and innovative fashion capital of the world.

Theresa Austin

Head of Brand Services,

With 15+ years of experience in ecommerce and a background in digital design, Theresa is the Head of Brand Services at Responsible for ensuring’s signed brands have the best possible experience, from technical onboarding through to day to day commercial operations, Theresa holds the firm belief that technology is the key to rapid growth for any young brand.

Christina Albe

Brand & Other Stuff, Kit & Ace

Having spent most of her working life in rapidly growing businesses (Under Armour, BOOM Cycle, We Are {The Collective}, and Kit and Ace), it’s safe to say she’s a fan of controlled chaos, high energy working environments and contributing to a larger cause. Christina is a graduate of Hult International Business School, where she received an In International Marketing, and the University of South Carolina.

Jonny Burch

Consumer Product Design Lead, Deliveroo

Jonny heads up the Deliveroo consumer product design team – making sure hungry people in 60+ cities across 12 countries are getting food from their favourite restaurants hot to their door. Previous to Deliveroo as co-founder of digital agency ZombieLabs he has crafted digital experiences for brands like Diesel, Converse and E. Tautz as well as building childrens banking products, designing fashion books and founding a magazine.

Millie Kendall MBE

Co-Founder & Marketing Director, BeautyMART

Alongside Anna-Marie Solowij, Millie is Co-Founder of BeautyMART, a disruptive retail concept for beauty at TopShop Oxford Circus and online at Millie has been instrumental
in the success of many cult beauty brands, from Shu Uemura and Aveda to Ruby & Millie and
Concoction Haircare.

Kasia Luczak

Fashion Direction – Trendscouting & Concept Design, Zalando

Kasia Luczak is Trend Scout at Zalando. As part of the Fashion Direction team, she provides guidance in the jungle of different styles and boils it down to key trends and must-have products for our customers. She is a sociologist and trend forecaster. Graduated in 2012 from ESADE Business School with a MSc in Business Innovation, and two year later with a MA in Fashion Trend Forecasting from florentinian Polimoda.

Emma Goble

Social Media & Marketing Editor, River Island

Emma has been specialising in Social Media and Editorial for the past 6 years since graduating with a BA Hons in Fashion Journalism at UCA and has worked for fashion brands such as La Senza, Monsoon Accessorize and River Island. Her role as Social Media and Marketing Editor at River Island is to curate and execute a leading social strategy and direct the brand's tone of voice across social, blog and the in-store magazine.

Neil Waller

Co-Founder, Shore Projects

Neil is one of the co-founders of Shore Projects, a British watch brand that, thanks in large
part to its approach social media & audience engagement, has had phenomenal growth
since launching in April 2014. The company has seen consistent month on month growth
averaging 200% & has been taken on by retailers such as Liberty, Anthropologie, Selfridges, John Lewis, ASOS, Urban Outfitters and Topshop.

Lynne Murray

Director Digital Anthropologie Lab , London College of Fashion

Over the past 8 years, Lynne has developed a unique global perspective on the luxury and retail industry’s inside approach to digital and has advised over 100 premium brands on emerging technologies.

Lynne has recently be appointed as Director of the Digital Fashion Studio at London College of Fashion and is currently working to establish an ambitious new research facility to explore emerging horizons of Digital Anthropology.

Sir John Hegarty

Worldwide Creative Director and Founder, Bartle Bogle Hegarty

John was a founding partner of Saatchi & Saatchi in 1970. BBH, founded in 1982, now has 7 offices worldwide including London, New york and Shanghai. John has been central to advertising for over 6 decades working with brands such as Levi's, Audi and many others. John has numerous awards including a D&AD President's award for outstanding achievement and a knighthood. John has also written 2 books.

Katie Baron

Head of Retail, Stylus

Formerly a fashion producer, Katie is an author, journalist, trends forecaster and creative content consultant.

Thanks to a series of key roles within a host of thought-leading creative businesses including Liberty, Harpers Bazaar UK magazine & integrated creative agency Yellowdoor, Katie has been in the rare position of being the brand, the brand agency and now a brand strategist.

Sharmadean Reid

Founder, WAH London

Brand consultant, stylist, entrepreneur, mentor, Sharmadean Reid has one foot in the street and one foot in the boardroom. Sharmadean started a fanzine called WAH in 2004, in order to promote females in creative industries. With three successful issues, Sharmadean took it online, as one of the pioneers of blog culture. In 2009 The WAH brand set up a physical home in the shape of WAH Nails, a salon and creative space in Dalston.

Rachel Arthur

Forbes contributor & , Founder, Fashion & Mash

Rachel is an award-winning business journalist specialising in fashion and technology. She contributes to titles including Forbes, The International New York Times, Wired, The Daily Telegraph, The Business of Fashion and more, as well as runs her own tech-focused news site at She also acts as a consultant on digital strategy and innovation to leading retail and luxury brands, and a mentor to start-ups.

Bethany Bolt

Publisher and Editor, Powder

Bethany Bolt is the Publisher and Editorial Director of THISISPOWDER.CO.UK. Having graduated with a Master's degree from Imperial College, she has worked in analytics, marketing and branding and recently held senior management positions at Marie Claire and InStyle. Launching and directing new start-up brand, Powder, Bethany has established a disruptive brand proposition, built on delivering personalisation.

Jim Rhodes

Founder, Those

Jim Rhodes is a co-founder at Those, a design studio that likes to "think beyond the web”. With a background that spans engineering, graphic design and web development, he has over 10 years experience working on creative technology projects for a broad range of clients and brands.

Kate Walmsley

Customer Director, Warehouse

Kate Walmsley is Customer Director for Warehouse, a newly created role integrating all aspects of the customer and brand experience from marketing and PR to in-store visual merchandising and digital platform development.

Previously, she held the role of Digital Director at Topshop, where for over seven years, she led a multidisciplinary team to drive global sales and brand engagement.

Alexander Köth

Managing Director & Founder, Minodes

Before founding Minodes, Alexander Köth was partner and member of the management at Roelfs Partner Management Consultants and head of Roelfs ‘retail’ practice group. He worked for a wide range of leading retail companies and gained, through working across all topics of the value chain, a holistic view on retailers’ expectations and needs. Alex started his career in 2003 at OC&C Strategy Consultants and holds a MBA degree from EBS University.

Dolly Jones

Digital Strategy Director, , Condé Nast Digital

Dolly Jones studied History of Art at Manchester University before arriving at Vogue for three week’s work experience. Next came
London’s University of the Arts Periodical Journalism course, during which she was commissioned to interview "someone at the top of their game" – Alexandra Shulman obliged – and she was later invited back to take up a six month internship as editorial
assistant of the magazine.

Steven Lammertink

Founding CEO, The Cirqle

Steven Lammertink (27) is Founding CEO of The Cirqle. The world’s first OAuth verified platform connecting fashion, beauty and lifestyle influencers with luxury brands worldwide. Steven was selected from thousands of candidates by the Dutch government for the prestigious Kauffman Scholarship. A scholarship that brought him to Harvard, MIT and Stanford and worked briefly for the Advanced Technology Lab of Adobe in Silicon Valley.

Eva Binda

Director of Retail Development, Europe, rewardStyle

Eva Binda leads rewardStyle's Retail Development Team in Europe with the Middle East and Australia also falling under her remit. She started her career at Google's headquarters where she worked in a variety of roles including market management and product strategy. Prior to her current role, she worked on retail partnerships and international expansion at Square, a mobile payments start-up in San Francisco.

Hannah Almassi

Editorial Director, WhoWhatWear

From interviewing some of the biggest names in the business to charting the very latest trends and documenting the hippest wardrobes on the planet, Hannah Almassi, formerly fashion news and features editor at Grazia, has spent the past nine years on the fashion frontline, fully immersed in the fast-paced, ever-changing, fantastic world of print and digital editorial.

Georgina Harding

Co-Founder, Semaine

Georgina is the co-founder of, a new online lifestyle destination centred around global personalities. Georgina previously worked at Mario Testino’s agency Higher + Higher, where she specialised in strategy and branding. She spearheaded Testino’s trend forecasting division.

Lauren Indvik


Lauren Indvik is Editor in Chief of Fashionista. Previously, she served as a business editor at Mashable for nearly four years, covering the intersection of technology, retail and media. Her work has also been published by InStyle, Forbes, Fast Company, and Fashion Theory, a peer-reviewed academic journal. Lauren has appeared on NBC, NPR and Bloomberg TV as a commentator, and was recently named one of the Top Women in Media by Folio.

Ben Demiri

CEO, RIPE Productions and MYSWEAR

Ben Demiri heads up RIPE Productions, a London-based tech company, who's mission is to be the world's leading platform for digital customisation in the luxury fashion sector.

The company also owns a proprietary fashion sneaker brand MYSWEAR, as the embodiment of the digital luxury customisation: clients are able to virtually create their own dream sneaker via phone, tablet or desktop.

Bethany Koby

Co-Founder and CEO, Technology Will Save Us

Bethany Koby is a mum, CEO, designer, art director and artist interested in creating brands, businesses and experiences that help imagine a more positive and collaborative future. Bethany is CEO of Technology Will Save Us, a business dedicated to sparking the imagination of young people using hands-on technology.

Jess Davies

UK Editor, Digiday

Jessica Davies is UK editor of Digiday, a New York-headquartered media company that specialises in providing in-depth coverage on the media and marketing landscape, centring on publishers, brands, agencies and platforms. She is responsible for building the brand's presence across Europe.

Digiday is part of Digiday Media, which also owns newly launched media brand Glossy, which reports on the intersection of luxury, fashion and tech.

Damien Poelhekke

Head of Benelux, MADE.COM

Originally from the Netherlands, Damien launched his early career in Finance at Rabobank in Paris, returning to Rotterdam in 2008 to complete an MSc at RSM Erasmus University. Following this, Damien moved into a senior role in Equity Sales at Rabobank International, Amsterdam, where his team was ranked #1 in the prestigious Institutional Investor Research Team survey three years running.

Peter Jeun Ho Tsang

Co-Founder, The Dandy Lab

Peter’s background is in fashion retailing and product development, where he has consulted for various international brands. Peter holds an MA in Digital Fashion from London College of Fashion, where he is also an Associate Lecturer. He is currently developing academic research looking at 'the future of retail' and consumer behaviour within smart retail environments.

Emily Gordon-Smith

Head of Fashion, Stylus

Emily heads up the fashion offering at Stylus, bringing her unique creative-meets-commercial signature to the site.

With 25 years experience in the fashion industry she has worked with mega names including Topshop, Walt Disney, Biba and Kookai. She has been a consultant for blue chip fashion retailers worldwide and worked on brand strategy for both the high-end and mass-market.