Founder and Leader, Podmore Consulting
A seasoned fashion, footwear and textiles industry professional who started out as an English and Linguistics graduate. Early development at Clarks Shoes based in UK manufacturing, lead to my first overseas postings as Sourcing manager in Thailand and then India. After a short break to study Modern Chinese studies at the University of Leeds, progressed to Coach Inc, an American leather goods brand and lead their Asia supply chain based in Hong Kong and China. Returning to the UK took up head office roles as head of brand at Kangaroos and Speedo footwear, and then moved into the luxury sector first at Jimmy Choo and then finally at Burberry. As VP of Sourcing for all Accessories at Burberry I managed a large international team sourcing products mostly from Italy, Asia and the UK. In my final role at Burberry I was VP of Supply Chain Sustainability with a global remit encompassing business practice in ethical trade, environmental practice and the long term future of the fashion supply chain. In the last year I have established my own consultancy and now support a variety of businesses with their strategic thinking around supply chain and sustainability.
CEO, Pearl & Dean
Peer & Former Cabinet Minister
Professor of IT Ethics
Founder, The Lighthouse Company
Hotel & Property Investor
Co-founder, Webber Phillips & Former President & Deputy Chair, John Lewis Partnership Council