Beth Butterwick has enjoyed a wonderful and varied career in Retail for over 25 years. Having completed a Fashion & Marketing Degree, she joined Marks & Spencer on their Graduate Training Scheme, where she spent 16 years in the Clothing Division. She joined Gap Inc in 2005 as part of the Senior Management Team responsible for delivering the European Expansion Programme. In 2009 she joined MS Mode BV, part of KKR’s Maxeda Group and based in Amsterdam as Commercial Director, playing a key part in its performance improvement prior to its acquisition by Excellent Retail Brands. In 2011 she returned to the UK to take up a Brand Director role at Bonmarché. Eight weeks into the role the business was put into administration; Beth led the successful sale process to Sun Europe LLP private equity. In September 2016 Beth took up her current role as CEO of Karen Millen a Global fashion retailer with 400 shops in 65 countries. Owned by Kaupthing bank, she is charged with delivering a successful transformation and eventual sale. In recognition of Beth’s services to the retail industry, she was awarded the Draper’s 2015 Retail Personality of the Year. That same year she was made Barclay’s Business Woman of the Year in recognition of her dedication and services to Bonmarché, a Yorkshire-based business.



Joint CEO of Chalhoub Group, a leading luxury retail distribution company based in the Middle East, Patrick Chalhoub oversees the retail operations of fashion houses such as Louis Vuitton , Nina Ricci, Marc Jacobs and Carolina Herrara within the UAE and wider Gulf region. Headquartered in Dubai, the group manages over 400 stand-alone retail outlets and department stores within the fashion, beauty and luxury gift sectors. In 2010 the group also became an honorary member of Italian luxury association ALTAGAMMA.



Jonathan Doughty is Global Head of Foodservice at ECE. He is responsible for leading ECE’s global food and beverage activities, for existing and new projects as well as the key relationships with the ECE food and beverage partners and tenants. With nearly 200 shopping centres under management in 14 countries and 31bn Euros of Assets under Management (AuM), ECE is the European market leader in the field of inner-city shopping centres. Food and drink is an incredibly important and growing part of these assets. During his 40 years in the foodservice industry, Jonathan has operated around the world extensively in the hotel and restaurant industry, before starting the innovative foodservice consultancy, “Coverpoint”. 20 years later the business was sold to JLL and Jonathan was, for nearly 3 years, Head of EMEA Foodservice Consulting for the property services business. Jonathan is a graduate of the Metropolitan University of Manchester, a past Worldwide President of the FCSI, a passionate fundraiser for MacMillan and a trained chef and self-confessed “foodie”.


Chief Executive Officer
INTU Properties

David Fischel qualified as a qualified accountant in 1983 at Touche Ross & Co before joining intu in 1985. He was appointed Finance Director in 1988, Managing Director in 1992 and Chief Executive in March 2001. At Touche Ross, David worked in the corporate finance department with experience in acquisitions, flotations and capital raisings. During his 30-year career with intu, David has gained significant executive experience in numerous aspects of the shopping centre industry including shopping centre acquisitions and developments. He has also been closely involved with the Group’s corporate development including equity and debt financings, and a wide range of other corporate transactions, including the 2010 demerger of Capital & Counties from intu.



Keith Griffiths is the Chairman and founder of Aedas, one of the world’s largest architectural practices with 1,400 staff in 13 offices throughout Asia, Middle East, US and Europe. He has been living in Hong Kong since 1983. Keith is an internationally respected architect and urban planner with 35 years’ experience in the urban planning and design of high-rise commercial and residential buildings, airports and civic facilities throughout Asia. Keith guided the Aedas philosophy that architectural design requires a deep social and cultural understanding of the cities and communities being designed for. He lectures and writes widely upon this and other urbanisation topics.



Chris Igwe is one of the world’s leading authorities on global retail and highly sought after for his knowledge and insights. Based in Paris, he is Co-Chair, ULI Retail & Entertainment Council. He is special advisor to global brands, owners and investors on strategic matters at his own consultancy firm, Chris Igwe International, as well as Managing Partner at More Or Less, representing exclusively tenants in their lease-related problems. From 2007 to 2015 he was Head of Retail, France at CBRE. Before that, Managing Director Europe, ICSC, and prior to that, Head of Real Estate Europe at Foot Locker and then GAP. Retail clients include 7 For All Mankind, Costco, Disney, Hard Rock Café, Michael Kors, Nike, Sunglass Hut, Swarovski, TUMI, Vapiano. Landlords include AEW, Apsys, FREO, Inter Ikea, Value Retail, Unibail Rodamco. Chris is an international speaker, MAPIC Steering Committee Member and Master of Ceremony, a lecturer for ICSC and Bayfield Training. Chris is multi-lingual, a coach and mentor to industry professionals.



On March 23rd, 2017, Terry Lundgren was named Executive Chairman of Macy’s, Inc., which includes Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Blue Mercury and one of the largest on-line retail businesses in America. Prior to becoming Executive Chairman, Lundgren was CEO of the company beginning in February 2003 and Chairman and CEO starting in January, 2004, after having served as President and Chief Merchandising Officer since May 1997. Lundgren is a native of Long Beach, CA, a graduate of The University of Arizona, and an active supporter of The Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing at The University of Arizona and currently serves on the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, The Procter & Gamble Company, Carnegie Hall and the National Retail Federation (NRF).



Theo Paphitis was born in Cyprus. His business empire spans retail, property, finance and consumer goods. Having left school at the age of 16 with no qualifications due to his dyslexia, he began work as a tea boy/filing clerk in a Lloyds of London brokerage. Having realised very quickly that filing was not his forte, he left and took a job working for Watches of Switzerland where he discovered his passion for retail and the rest, as they say, is history. He has bought and revived the fortunes of some well-known high street brands; Ryman the Stationers, La Senza lingerie, Contessa lingerie, Partners the Stationers, Stationery Box and more recently home and garden retailer Robert Dyas, and London Graphic Centre. In addition, in the Spring of 2011 he launched what has now become the multi-award winning, global lingerie brand Boux Avenue. Theo is also known for his many appearances on television, including most notably 9 series on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den.



On completion of a Master's Degree in Contemporary English & Film at Manchester Metropolitan University, James joined RLI,
the world's only Global Retail & Leisure Magazine in 2013, initially assisting with the inaugural RLI Connect deal-making
event in London, before commencing work in an Editorial role following the departure of Andrew Climance, Editor of the magazine.
James became an Awards Judge at the Global RLI Awards for the first time last year, and now the 2018 edition presents his
first opportunity to be involved with an Awards Ceremony taking place in the events spiritual home of the National History Museum.


Executive Vice President of Global Retail
Las Vegas Sands Corp

David Sylvester is the Executive Vice President of Global Retail and is responsible for overseeing the company’s large scale retail propositions within the integrated resorts. He joined Las Vegas Sands Corp. in October 2005. Mr. Sylvester has over 25 years of extensive experience in the development and management of shopping centres in the Asia-Pacific region. Over the course of his career, he has been involved in more than 40 major retail projects. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Sylvester was Group General Manager of GIC Real Estate’s retail assets in Australia and China. He enjoyed a 12-year career with Jones Lang LaSalle and was previously the head of the company’s International Retail Leasing for Asia, based in Hong Kong. Mr. Sylvester established his career in the retail industry with Westfield and Lend Lease.



Justin is Head of EMEA Retail, leading an award-winning team of over 300 people spanning over 15 countries. He provides ongoing consultancy and agency support to retailers and landlords alike, across many of the most exciting projects in Europe. His council reaches even further in the industry, as an active member on the Revo Advisory Board, ICSC European Advisory Board, ICSC Leasing Group and the MAPIC Jury. Justin’s driving force at all times is “the future of retail” and how this affects the Retail Property industry, using his expertise to help create future-proof developments and encouraging clients to stretch, grow and evolve in line with social, economic and technological changes in the market.