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Grey4Gold Retail Mentor Profiles for "Thriving High Street Campaign" in Wales

The directors of Grey4Gold are pleased to announce that the team has been selected for the Wales project, and with the wealth of retail experience between them, we are sure it is going to prove extremely valuable for those taking part!

Some really great feedback has started to come through from Wrexham now with local retailers showing immediate positive results from the Grey4Gold team being on site! To find out more, please read our blog updates.

Grey4Gold Mentoring team for Wales Thriving High Street project

Some summaried bios of our team:

"A strong retail background and international buying experience. She entered retail as a graduate fast track trainee at C&A and progressed through various store management roles. At Swansea she specialised in staffing and merchandising ladies wear before being appointed Deputy Manager at the Leeds store and subsequently Area Merchandise Manager for 13 shops specialising in children's wear. Her career then developed as a UK buyer for C&A UK and then responsibility for 8 countries and 550 shops. The closure of C&A's UK business in the early 2000's led to the development of her own retail business and some freelance work. She is now further developing her training and coaching skills and this includes completion of the WorldHost Train the Trainer Course".

"A solid retail store management background with Tesco, which includes roles such as; Tesco Welsh Marketing Manager, Lead on Tesco Market Town Procurement Team, Chairman of the Tesco All Wales Charity. He was also part of a task force at Tesco to focus on the benefits of the business working with the high street. Most recently, he's been working with the Welsh Government on several business support initiatives, which has resulted in him helping about 300 small businesses over the last 3 years in Wales. He has a good understanding of the high street and also working with a farm shop on the development of a value veg offer. He has a considerable amount of retailing experience in Wales".

"A retail career that started in the family's retail business with 4 retail stores and a wholesale warehouse in Wales, with a combined turnover of 1.2m and 43 staff. After 13 years he left the family business to set up a retail and wholesale business selling giftware and fine china. Again this business was based in Wales with retail shops in; Monmouth, Newport, Bridgend, Swansea and Neath. This gives him an impressive understanding of retailing in Welsh towns. He also has rural experience of selling Pet Shop foods. His partner has shops in Carmarthen and Llanelli selling ladies fashion and she will most likely participate in the "Thriving High Street" campaign. He has a great deal of retail experience in the independent retail sector across Welsh towns".

"His early retail management career was spent in the DIY sector and then store management roles at Somerfield and Tesco. He then spent around 4 years in store management roles at Pets at Home Welsh area stores. Since leaving the business in 2011 he has successfully developed a freelance retail consultancy business focussed on; merchandising, refits and mystery shopping with a client base that includes all the major supermarkets and Boots. He also created musicaldreams online music store, an e-shop and contract sales of musical instruments to educational establishments and music service providers. He has a wealth of hands-on retail experience and has clearly demonstrated his capabilities in project management to gain top retail clients".

"A great deal of retail experience in the South-West and Wales at the Co-operative Group. He has progressed through store operations roles and specific retail projects; rebranding 350 stores, in-store bakery installations, food to go product ranges. This also entailed training, mentoring and coaching store staff. He was also involved in systems development and stock control improvements at the Co-op. He's currently supporting rural retailers on the "Store is the Core" community 1st programme covering independents in rural communities. Currently working for Costcutter as Area Manager but looking to exit to develop his portfolio and complete his PhD. He has successfully completed an MBA and is an Accredited Coach. An intelligent and thoughtful retail professional with a great deal of experience in grocery and convenience stores".

"A strong retail operations background in the value sector, namely; Primark, T.J. Hughes, Mark One and Matalan. He was Head of Store Operations for 80 stores at Jeansters and his responsibilities included; merchandising standards, in-store marketing and developing a strong commercial approach. At Moss Bros Plc he was Director of Store Operations, where shops were managed with a great deal of local autonomy; "it was like managing 150 independent shops". Since leaving 10 years ago, he's been involved in several projects including; helping Peacock manage their offer at Woolworths Big 'W' stores, working at Big Offers a Matalan type format in Scotland, selling homewares and clothing. He's very keen to be part of the project in Wales and has a good understanding of high street retailing".

"She had a taste of retail at an early age at her grandparents shop and then her parents high street shop in Conwy, selling men's, ladies and children's casual wear and baby wear. She started her retail career and retail education at Debenhams before progressing through store management and buying roles at Beales and then department stores at Chelmsford Star Co-op, where she was buying through the Association of Independent Stores (AIS) for two stores. Included in this period was a "stop gap year" managing all of the shops in the Staffordshire region for the Katherine House Hospice. She has recently done some work as Commercial Manager for Next's new store format in Ipswich. A Welsh speaker who has not used the language for many years but still understands conversations and is willing to "brush up" on her speaking ability".

"A senior retail professional with a record of sustained achievement in the creation and development of high performing retail and wholesale businesses, including; Asda, B&Q, Makro and Saint-Gobain, to Managing Director level. He has spent his working life in customer centric retail businesses and business-to-business environments supplying up to 40,000 independents shops, garages forecourts and major multiples. He has created several businesses including an online retail business from scratch. He recently completed a review of the cathedral shop, caf and website for Chester Cathedral and is currently advising a local council on the future strategy of a suburban shopping parade. He is collaborating with the University of Chester on their retail programme and is a visiting lecturer and guest speaker on retail related topics. He gained a Master of Business Administration Degree (MBA) in retail studies at the Institute for Retail Studies, University of Stirling".