The 2023 Judging Panel
The Global RLI Awards judging team is a group of leading industry experts who will review eligible submissions and score them confidentially and inform the RLI Awards team. The panel will not review entries from their own companies or any entry that might constitute a conflict of interest.
Beth Butterwick has enjoyed a wonderful and varied career in Retail for over 26 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 role at Bonmarché, the result of which was a successful sale process to Sun Europe LLP private equity. During her five years there as CEO, she steered the company through a massive turnaround, including a successful stock market flotation on AIM Listing in November 2013.
In September 2016 Beth joined Karen Millen a Global fashion retailer with 400 shops in 65 countries. Owned by Kaupthing bank, she took the business through a turnaround programme, which resulted in a successful sale of KM & Coast to Boohoo in 2019.
In 2019 she joined Jigsaw as an Operating Partner advising the major shareholder where she oversaw its ‘digital first’ modernisation programme. In 2021 Beth was appointed Jigsaw CEO to continue the acceleration of their exciting three-year Global Plan.
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 Businesswoman of the Year in recognition of her dedication and services to Bonmarché a Yorkshire-based business. In November 2017 Beth was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Huddersfield for her services in Retail.
Put simply 'all things retail' is her passion!
Time Out Market
Jay Coldren joined Time Out Market as Chief Operating Officer of the Americas in 2021 and in 2022 was promoted to Time Out Market Co-CEO Development. In this role, Jay is leading the global expansion of Time Out Market and is responsible for new locations, investment, initial curation and site development.
Jay brings more than 30 years of hospitality experience spanning the restaurant, boutique hotel, and gourmet retail segments, and a strong background in development and expansion. Most recently, he served as the Executive Director of Hospitality for Streetsense, a creative consultancy in Washington, DC, where he developed a global hospitality practice advising clients such as KSL Hotels, Marriott International, and Live Nation. Prior to this, he served as the Global Brand Leader for EDITION Hotels, overseeing development and expansion; Managing Director for North American operations of the iconic gourmet retailer Dean & Deluca; and leadership roles at extraordinary properties such as the Michelin Three-Star Inn at Little Washington, The Inn at Loretto, The Claremont Resort and Spa and more. Jay has also worked as an independent restaurateur, co-owning and operating restaurants in Santa Fe, NM, Baltimore, MD, and Washington, DC.
Simone Dominici, CEO of KIKO Milano, has a vast array of high-profile international experience in the Consumer, Luxury, Beauty and Retail sectors, having worked for the top global groups over the last thirty years, across six countries and three continents.
Simone started his career at Arthur Andersen and then moved in Unilever up to the position of Vice President of the Food Italy Business Unit, then he became General Manager of Coin Department Store and subsequently, Executive Vice President Global Markets at Bottega Veneta, with responsibilities in Europe, America and Asia.
In 2018 he joined Coty, first in Geneva and then in the Amsterdam headquarters, where he strengthened performance in the EMEA region as its Executive Vice President, with responsibility for both the Consumer and Prestige Divisions, while also serving as Head of Global Revenue Management, accelerating sustainable value creation. As of September 2022, Simone became the CEO of KIKO Milano.
Brand x Society
An accomplished entrepreneur and respected leader, with a first-class reputation and deep passion for branded clients and supporting their owners throughout the journey, Angela Farrugia is the Founder of the most successful brand management company in the world.
She has more than 22 years’ experience in establishing a global brand extension platform and the creation of a new breed of agency ready to tackle the challenges of modern-day business. TLC (The Licensing Company Ltd) started in London in 1996 and was acquired in 2014 by Global Brands Group PLC (HK stock exchange). Today the business has 24 offices in 16 countries, a roster of leading Brand representations in various sectors and generates over $12.4bn in retail sales annually for its clients.
She is also the Founder of Brand x Society Ltd in October 2019 and its diversified services include brand strategy, business development, IP licensing, creative inspiration, retail and digital development, asset light geographical expansion, experiential concepts, collaborations, ventures and implementation of all the above.
Extensive relationships across the business spectrum, including- Brands, Retailers, Designers, Online players, Distributors, Manufacturing, Investors and networks across the world including UK and Europe, Asia, North America, Middle East and South America.
Red Sea Global (RSG)
John Pagano is the Group Chief Executive Officer of Red Sea Global (RSG), the developer behind The Red Sea and Amaala, two ambitious tourism projects set along the northwestern coast of Saudi Arabia. These destinations will play key roles in the realisation of Vision 2030, the Kingdom’s economic roadmap for the future.
At RSG, John is leveraging his nearly 40 years of international experience in delivering large scale multi-billion-dollar developments. Since 2018, he has led RSG’s growth from the ground up, and today is creating unique eco-luxury, sustainable, regenerative tourist destinations that will contribute to transforming the global tourism industry and to the diversification of the Saudi Arabian economy. Underpinned by a growing portfolio of subsidiary companies, RSG will better enable the delivery of the company vision for developments that do better for people and planet, addressing the global challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss.
John's experience covers every facet of the real estate value chain including site acquisition, master planning, planning, project structuring, financing, construction, and asset management.
Saudi Entertainment Ventures, Saudi Arabia
During his three-decade global career as an institutional real estate developer, investor and banker at some of the world's most successful firms, Morgan Parker completed sixty-five projects in nine countries totalling more than $20bn.
Mr Parker has 20 years board governance experience and is a full-time, non-executive director with a current portfolio of five board roles across Australia and Saudi Arabia. He is a former CEO, with the majority of his career spent in Asia spearheading new businesses for Morgan Stanley, Lendlease, Macquarie Group and Taubman Centers.
Mr Parker's nation-building experience, reputation and strategic thought-leadership have made him one of the most recognised real estate executives of his generation. He is a globally sought-after advisor and commentator on future city shaping, retail trends, design, and cross-border investment.
Beyond real estate, Mr Parker is dedicated to community service in the field of children’s education and as a philanthropic adventurer, motivational speaker, author, television host and executive producer of the National Geographic Channel documentary series "Wheel2Wheel".
Retail & Leisure International (RLI)
Having joined RLI in 2013, James has been involved in the Global RLI Awards for the last ten years in various roles and has been a judge since 2017 in his role as Editor of the magazine. In 2023 the Global RLI Awards returns to London and will continue to strive for excellence as the world adjusts to this new era. James is delighted to be a judge once again and is ready to carefully look through all of the nominations as we build up to the eighteenth edition of the Global RLI Awards, merging the power of face-to-face connections in a unique location that possesses an abundance of opportunities to be explored.
Alison Rehill-Erguven brings more than two decades of extensive shopping mall and retail real estate experience having been based in and/or managed joint ventures, assets and teams in some of the world’s most prominent emerging markets across Asia, Europe and Latin America. In addition, she has more than 10 years of experience in the US market, working with global industry-leading commercial retail real estate companies and shopping mall operators, Simon Property Group and General Growth Properties.
Prior to joining Cenomi Centers, she held the role of CEO for Pradera Retail Asia (PRA), a joint venture that was formed with Macquarie Bank’s MIRA division, based in Shanghai, China for five years. This JV was subsequently acquired in 2021 by Brookfield Asset Management, one of the world’s largest alternative asset managers, where Alison led the transition of PRA into Brookfield and acted as Senior Advisor and Acting Head of Commercial Real Estate for Brookfield Properties in China where she was responsible for all retail assets including shopping malls, offices, and mixed-use developments.
Development and Real Estate
Santiago Rivera, Director of Development and Real Estate at Unico is an architect, with more than 20 years of experience in the conceptualisation, design and operation of Outlet shopping centres, with studies at Harvard, Wharton and a Master's degree from IE University. His work is dedicated to my passion, which is discovering simple ways to increase the profitability of commercial spaces and increasingly optimise processes and technology through teamwork and cultural transformation, linked in recent years as a jury of the awards of the International Council of Shopping Centers ICSC.
Head of Digital Commerce, Retail & Luxury
UK Department for Business & Trade
Jamila Saidi leads both the Retail & Luxury and Digital Commerce divisions at the UK’s Department for Business & Trade (DBT) where she is responsible for trade and investment promotion across those industries. Her focus is on galvanising British businesses to achieve their global growth ambitions. Her team provides retail and luxury companies with the advice, support, and tools they need to attain export success. She also leads the Department’s efforts for attracting inward investment from foreign based retail and luxury brands, promoting the UK as an ideal destination to set up or expand and grow their business.
Jamila oversees the department’s Digital Exporting Programme which has propelled thousands of companies on their international digital journey and helped them to achieve new levels of growth. She is passionate about getting brands ‘go global’ in the digital age and champions digital trade as key route to reaching a worldwide market, particularly for SMEs and women led or owned businesses.
CEO & Director
Neeraj Teckchandani is the CEO & Director of Apparel Group head quartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and has been with Apparel Group for 22 years. Neeraj has spent over 26+ years in the UAE and has vast experience within the retail industry across various domains such as strategy, management, operations, mergers, and acquisitions and financial operations to name a few.
Neeraj is an Alumni of Harvard Business School and University of London. He is also the member of the Beta Gama Sigma Society and has been awarded various industry awards like “ Best Fashion Lifestyle CFO (UAE) Award at the Global CFO Excellence Awards 2020”. “ World’s Greatest CFO Award 2018-2019 by Asia One” and “Most influential CFO in Fashion and Lifestyle Services (UAE)” at the Global Business Insights Awards 2018.
Steen & Strøm
David Wilkinson is a retailer with experience gained at Harrods, Selfridges & Co, Kurt Geiger, Salam Studio & Stores (UAE), Tboe and Au Pont Rouge Rouge (Russian Federation). He currently serves as Executive Director of Steen & Strøm department store for Promenaden Management Norway, who lead luxury & premium retail in Scandinavia. Promenaden is owned by MARK Capital Management. Department store concept development and turnaround are a passion for this school of life retailer.