Our judges panel is a selection of industry experts and representatives from both Modern Retail and Spring Fair.
These awards are about celebrating retailers who are making a positive impact in our industry. Our judges are therefore looking for positive innovations in retail that benefit both retailers and their customers. Consideration is given to original and pioneering ideas that are not necessarily reliant on significant financial investment, yet make a significant difference to the retail experience.
More profiles will be added in the coming days – so check back for further info.
Catherine is the founder of Future Retail Consulting and has over 19 years experience working with product businesses of all sizes from high street names (such as Laura Ashley, Coast and Paperchase), all the way down to brand new businesses with just a handful of customers.
Naeem Arif is the founder of NA Consulting Ltd, a retail Business Consultancy, and the Vice Chair of the Midlands Retail Forum. Naeem is also the author of ‘Customer First’ an Amazon #1 Best Seller.
Julie was appointed as UK Regional Director of Hyve Group PLC, Spring Fair’s parent company, in March 2019. Julie is passionate about UK retail and sits on various industry boards and advisory committees such as the AEO, the NEC, the Association of Suppliers to the British Clothing Industry, the Giftware Association – and is also a judge for the prestigious UK Drapers awards.
Rob is Managing Editor of Modern Retail. Combining many years of experience in publishing with a keen interest in small business and entrepreneurship, Rob is passionate about sharing interesting and inspiring content with retailers to help them grow.