RETAIL MASTERS PROGRAMME 2022 

The Masters Programme is a unique opportunity for retail business leaders to get an unobstructed view on the future of retail and understand how best to position their businesses for success.

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THE PROGRAMME

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  • BRC Contact: Vicki Young
  • Start Date: 28/02/2022
  • Delivery: Online & In person
  • Duration: 5 Days
  • Price(from): £2,236 + VAT
  • BRC Verified Learning
overview
This programme supports those holding strategic decision making responsibilities to understand and adapt to retail mega-trends.

Through both online and in person discussions and debate with peers from across the Retail sector, eminent experts and keynote speakers, the Master's provides delegates with the opportunity to explore leading business to the future, leadership capabilities and future-proofing business. 

Over the course of 5 days learners will be immersed in workshops, seminars and live events with retail leaders, influencers and strategic thinkers. Designed in conjunction with Said Business School and Momentum Results, this is an industry leading programme for those leading retail into its next chapter. 

*Please note we are monitoring the current Coronavirus situation and if further restrictions are introduced we are able to adjust the programme to be fully virtual

MEET OUR MASTERS TEAM

Vicki Young

BRC LEarning
Vicki is the programme lead for the BRC Leaders Summer School and works to deliver a disruptive and challenging school for retail leaders.
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Mike Parkes

MOMENTUM RESULTS
Mike is an author and leadership expert.  He is a founding partner of Momentum Results LLP and former Chief Executive of Development Associates Group Ltd. 
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Derek Linden

MOMENTUM RESULTS
Derek spent 19 years with B&Q in operations and HR, setting up their University, before moving on to spend the next 18 years consulting with global brands.
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MEET OUR KEY CONTRIBUTORS & SPEAKERS

Jonathan Reynolds

SAID BUSINESS SCHOOL
Jonathan’s teaching and research focuses primarily on the retail sector, and he is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading academics in this field.
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Ben Fletcher

CFO, The Very group
Ben leads The Very Group’s 150-strong finance team as it strives to create and protect the future of the business, whilst improving its capabilities and adopting new ways of working.
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Debbie Edwards

vice president & general manager, gap europe
During her 30 years at Gap Inc., Debbie has held a variety of senior leadership positions where she has played an instrumental role in developing and growing the Omni proposition across Europe.  
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John Colley

CEO, Majestic wine
John Colley is the Executive Chairman and CEO of Majestic; the UK’s number one wine specialist with over 200 stores and 1,200 employees nationwide.
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Louise Stonier

Chief people & culture officer, pets at home
Louise  has been with the business since joining in 2004, originally as group legal director and company secretary of the Plc Board before moving into the role of chief people and legal officer in 2017. 
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Mark Simpson

CHIef Supply Chain & Transformation officer, Asda
Mark started his career with ASDA in 1997, as a graduate on the Retail Programme. He joined the board in 2020 and is now responsible for supply chain, technology and transformation. 
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Olga Nazarkova

CEO, FUNKY PIGEON
Olga has had a successful international career over the last 23 years, mainly in FMCG, Retail, and E-commerce and has worked for retailers including Mothercare and Amazon.

Paul Marchant

CEO, PRIMArk
Paul is Primark’s Chief Executive of over 12 years. He has background in fashion retail and has worked for Debenhams, Topman, River Island and was COO at New Look before joining Primark. 
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Richard Walgate

divisional director of retail, b&Q
Richard is currently accountable for all aspects of people, customer, financial & operations in a 170 store portfolio across 8 operating regions. 
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Steve Finlan

CEO, THe Wine Society
Steve has been Chief Executive at The Wine Society for 3 years, leading a significant transformation programme that touches all parts of this British institution.

Sue Fairley

HEad of sustainability, New Look
Sue Fairley heads up Sourcing  Sustainability and Quality at New Look, as well as leading Kind To our Core, a transformation pillar and cross business initiative encompassing all things Sustainability. 
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Susan Thomas

Senior director - sustainability, Asda
Susan “quarter-backs” Asda’s cross functional efforts across the Better Planet agenda, mobilising activities including our journeys towards net zero, elimination of waste, optimising packaging and building a greener portfolio.
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Andrew Busby

Founder, Retail Reflections
Retail writer, former Forbes contributor, IBM Futurist and author of the book ‘Harry Was Right All Along’, Andrew is the founder of Retail Reflections and is one of the most high-profile figures in retail – regularly featuring in the top 20 lists of global retail influencers. 
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Andrew Opie

food & sustainability policy director, brc
Andrew heads up the team at the BRC focusing on the production, labelling and sale of food, alongside the responsible sourcing and production of all retail products. 

Ashley Armstrong

Retail editor, the times
Ashley reports on the rapidly changing retail landscape involving large and small high street chains, online retailers and platforms, supermarkets, luxury brands and consumer goods companies. 

Helen Dickinson

CEO, British retail consortium
Helen joined in January 2013 and has been working with retailers for over 25 years. In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for Services to Retail.
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Lisa Byfield-Green

Research director, retail week
Lisa head's up the Retail Week analyst team, she is responsible for providing strategic insight and trend analysis to help retailers and suppliers navigate the rapidly evolving landscape.
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Jon France

Founder, Valeur executive search
Jon is an experienced Retail Operations Director and is the founder of Valeur Executive Search.
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Sophie Birshan

head of multicategory, google
Sophie is the Industry Head for Multicategory Retail at Google, leading Google’s relationships with many of the UK’s largest retailers. 
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WHAT OUR LEARNERS SAY

The BRC Masters was selected as an important component of a new year long

accelerated development programme that we launched in late 2019. The content was

highly relevant, engaging and thought provoking and feedback from the Asda cohort was very strong indeed.


Craig Whaites | Asda
I thoroughly enjoyed the Masters course. It was an honour to have had the opportunity to hear from, and be surrounded by, so many interesting, intelligent and  inspirational people in retail. It was a wonderful forum to establish connections with people from such a variety of retail backgrounds, a great space for learning, asking questions, having debates but also reassurance of similar views on the retail landscape.
Katy Norton | Hobbycraft
My week spent on the Masters Programme was invaluable. The insights, lessons and
ideas shared by both the amazing guest speakers and the rest of my cohort have
really stuck with me; I learned a lot around authentic leadership, which was amply
demonstrated throughout the week. 
Lauren Seabrook | The Perfume Shop

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