Modern Retail

Editorial Board

Modern Retail has brought together a panel of industry experts, who are specialists in their chosen fields, to provide high-quality, impartial and informative content to help retailers grow. You can read more about our Editorial Board members below, connect with them on social media, or click through to read their content.

If you are interested in becoming a member of our Editorial Board, please email our Managing Editor, Rob Gamage – rob@modernretail.co.uk

Dax Dasilva

Dax Dasilva

Dax Dasilva is the founder and CEO of Lightspeed and a member of Modern Retail's Editorial Board. Founded in 2005, Lightspeed develops a cloud-based EPOS platform used by over 50,000 independent retailers, restaurants and eCommerce merchants worldwide to run better businesses and process over £12 billion in transactions annually.

Visit https://lightspeedhq.co.uk for more info.

David Anthony

David Anthony

David is a London-based Visual Merchandiser and a member of Modern Retail's Editorial Board. With over 30 years' experience and a background in fashion & homewares where he learnt the art of Visual Merchandising and Styling, through department stores and boutiques, David has a varied background and now freelances in the cafe, food and retail lifestyle sector and the world of fashion and homeware brands.

Visit David's blog at https://www.davidanthonycreative.com/ for more retail stories, as well as inspiring content on art, design and more...

Andrew Tavener

Andrew Tavener

Andrew is Head of Marketing at Descartes Systems UK Ltd and has over twenty years’ business-to-business senior marketing management experience with high technology solutions (hardware, software and services) in complex business-to-business markets that includes logistics and transport with organisations such as Intel, Securicor, Unipart Technology Logistics and Orange.

Komal Helyer

With over 14 years of email and digital experience, Komal brings to Pure360 a deep understanding of marketing strategy, marketers' needs and how that translates into use of marketing technology. She leads the Pure360 marketing team focussing on market positioning, market growth strategies and customer lifecycle marketing for brands in the retail and ecommerce space.

Komal has worked with some of the world’s leading brands including Screwfix, Carphone Warehouse, Black & Decker, helping them get the best results from their email and digital marketing.

Louise Pasterfield

Louise Pasterfield

Louise Pasterfield is the founder and managing director of Europe’s largest custom digital learning provider, Sponge. The company, established in 2004, harnesses the very latest technologies to deliver seriously creative learning for employees at global brands including Tesco, Specsavers, Sainsbury’s and Marks & Spencer. The bespoke training addresses key retail challenges such as customer experience, product knowledge, onboarding, compliance and talent development. Sponge’s solutions are based on understanding the needs of both the learner and the business to change behaviours, improve performance and deliver results.

Visit https://wearesponge.com/ for more info.

Naeem Arif

Naeem Arif

Naeem Arif is the founder of NA Consulting Ltd, a Business Consultancy, and the Vice Chair of the Midlands Retail Forum.
Naeem is the author of ‘Customer First’ an Amazon #1 Best Seller.

Catherine Erdly

Catherine Erdly

As product businesses grow, they get more complicated. Catherine Erdly works with founders to help them get more organised and make more money. She does this by sharing the skills and techniques in stock management and cash flow control that she’s learned over 20 years in the retail industry. This helps them feel more confident and ready to take the next steps in their business.

Find out more about how Catherine can help your business flourish at www.futureretail.world

Francesca Nicasio

Francesca Nicasio is Vend's Content Marketing Manager. She writes about trends, tips, and other cool things that enable retailers to increase sales, serve customers better, and run more profitable stores. She's also the author of Retail Survival of the Fittest, a free eBook to help retailers future-proof their stores.

Andy Kaye

Andy Kaye

Andy, CEO of Bis Henderson Group, is a graduate in Business Studies and Marketing and has a strong background in operational and supply chain strategy management. Prior to transitioning into recruitment, Andy had an established career in the logistics industry, most noticeably leading and implementing the strategy to integrate the supply chains of BHS and Mothercare. In 2000, Andy founded Bis Henderson Group and continues to lead the strategic development and growth of the business which now incorporates recruitment, consulting, space brokerage and training; all within the supply and logistics industry.

In recent years as Chief Executive of Bis Henderson Group, Andy has a particular focus on the recruitment and development of young talent within the logistics industry across the UK which has led him to innovate and launch, in conjunction with numerous universities, a suite of specialist degrees in Supply Chain Management.

Debra Wilkins

Debra Wilkins

Debra Wilkins is the Marketing Manager for Kardex Remstar, a global developer of automated storage and retrieval solutions. Kardex currently services more than 20,000 installations across the nation, and are helping retailers to optimise their storage and picking through automation. With more than 30 years’ experience and an early member of the UK Women in IT Steering Committee, Debra is a seasoned veteran in understanding and relaying the benefits of technology, with articles in many computing magazines, such as Network Computing. She is also a fully qualified counsellor and as such has spoken at conferences on how automation is not only inevitable, but also is changing the way businesses and society interact with each other.

Laura Palmer

Laura Palmer

Laura is Head of Business Development at PHL. She became a member of the PHL team almost ten years ago and came from a customer service and retail background. Since joining PHL, she has worked her way up from an Account Manager to join our Executive Team as a key decision-maker and influencer at Board level. Laura has vast experience across both marketing and ecommerce, managing major client accounts such as Whirlpool UK, Del Monte and Urban Eat. Laura’s background gives her considerable insight into the ecommerce industry from both a sales and a logistics perspective, which she is excited to bring to the Modern Retail Editorial Board.

Paul McHugh

Paul McHugh

Paul brings 15 years’ experience working with Telecommunications focused IT Software Organisations, covering a range of applications including Fraud Management and Revenue Assurance, Mobile Device and Expense Management, and Wide Area Network Solutions. Much of this time has been spent working with Retail IT teams to enable Business change and meet the needs of their organisations.

Rory O'Connor

Rory O'Connor

Rory O' Connor, is the founder and CEO of Scurri. Since launch Rory has focused on building and leading an impressive team of highly experienced technologists and advisors. Rory has won significant investment for the software business, raising over €7 million investment from private individuals, business angel investors and Enterprise Ireland.

Prior to founding Scurri in 2010, he worked in various roles in Waterford Wedgwood, in sales, marketing and strategic project roles including being part of the team that delivered a €10m SAP implementation.

Rory subsequently worked as a change management consultant with clients such as Heineken, Intel, Ogilvy and Siemens and as a project manager with AOL broadband. Rory has a number of business qualification including holding an MBA from Henley Management College.

John Abbate

John Abbate

With over 25 years of global experience in retail design and visual merchandising for global giants such as Ralph Lauren, Levi’s and Alfred Dunhill, John joined Northbanks in 2017 following a hugely successful 5year stint in Shanghai where he was Visual Merchandising professor at Mod’Art and then Creative Director at Design Overlay, a similar agency to Northbanks.

John is passionate about using his experience to help brands develop and implement or improve their retail brand identity.

John is also on the board of advisors at Save the High Street and a council member at the British Display Society.

Luke Groves

Luke Groves

Luke Groves is the founder of Access Mintsoft, a cloud-based order management, marketplace and courier management tool designed to make online retail simple. Find out more at mintsoft.co.uk