Date: Thursday, 28th May 2020
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Venue: Online via Zoom
Stephen Springham, Partner - Head of Retail Research, Knight Frank - Stephen has over 25 years’ experience working exclusively in the retail sector, in a research, analysis and consulting capacity. He has a uniquely ‘holistic’ view of retail, having worked for an array of employers with varying focuses on the retail sector. His initial focus was on retail occupier markets, working as a retail analyst and developing a deep understanding of key drivers and performance of consumer and retail markets. For the last 18 years, he has specialised in retail property and developed extensive first-hand working experience with all key stakeholders in retail property (e.g. retail and leisure occupiers, landlords, shopping centre owners, developers, investors, planners, Local Authorities). He joined Knight Frank’s Retail Team in 2015 to head up and drive their Retail Research function.
James Collins - Head of Investor Relations, J Sainsbury PLC - James joined Sainsbury’s as Head of Investor Relations in 2016. He previously spent 18 years as a sell side analyst, most of which at Deutsche Bank, covering the European food retail sector. James started his career in the food retail industry working for Aldi and Safeway. He has a degree in PPE from Trinity College, Oxford.
Joe Oxley, Senior Insight Analyst, intu - Joe has worked in retail insight for the past six years, having previously worked in spatial crime analysis. Over that time he has worked with a range of landlords, occupiers and investors to build insight and aid decision-making through the use of data. In his current role at intu, he is responsible for delivering an insight programme to drive the performance of tenant customers, develop thought leadership and deepen consumer understanding. Joe has a particular interest in the role of the store in an omni-channel landscape alongside dragging some of the more outdated aspects of our industry into the 21st century!
Matt Soffair, Research Manager, Retail & Leisure, LGIM - Matt is a strategist in LGIM's Real Assets division. Matt is responsible for research into UK retail and leisure property and is an active contributor to the platform’s investment strategy whilst inputting into both fund and asset strategies. Matt joined LGIM in August 2018 from the retail and property consultancy, CACI, where he was head of leisure consultancy and worked with a broad range of retail and leisure operators over seven years to inform their property, merchandising and consumer engagement strategies. He was also responsible for establishing and growing CACI’s consulting offer in Consumer Packaged Goods sector.
Lucy Stainton, Head of Retail & Strategic Partnerships, The Local Data Company (LDC) - Lucy joined the Local Data Company in 2015 following from her time at CACI and now heads up commercial relationships across the retail, leisure, advisory, investor and private equity verticals. Lucy’s current role involves building and maintaining long-term relationships within some of the UK’s leading brands, working in partnership with occupiers and investors providing data, technology and analytics to power location strategy, competitor tracking, due diligence and portfolio optimisation. Outside of the Local Data Company, for the 6th year now, Lucy works with the Retail Trust and is Chair of the organising committee for the Retail Trust London Celebration; a flagship event on the industry calendar.”