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Sara Jones AssetAltText

Operations Director, Capital & Regional

Following the completion of her Business Management Degree Sara began her retail career working for House of Fraser in Store Management before joining Capital & Regional in 2001. She has held a number of positions within C&R including Centre Management, Regional Management, Property Management and Marketing before taking on the role of Operations Director. She is responsible for the day to day management of shopping centres delivered at a local level and leads the integration process of newly acquired schemes.

Danny BarrassoAssetAltText

Managing Director - UK & Ireland, New Look

Danny Barrasso is currently UK Managing Director of the highly successful fashion retailer New Look. Danny joined New Look in 2012 as Head of Multichannel Digital Marketing and Innovation.  Prior to his appointment as UK Managing Director he was Executive Assistant to New Look's Chief Executive Assistant to New Look's Chief Executive, Anders Kristiansen. 

Jane Leadbetter

Learning & Development Manager, McArthurGlenAssetAltText

Jane Leadbetter specialises in management development and sales & service. Her career has spanned the retail industry in high street and luxury brands. She began her career in sales, advancing to retail management and holding senior roles in HR.

Jane currently works for McArthurGlen designer outlets. Prior to this she worked for the London based store Liberty and Harrods, one of the world’s best known department stores for luxury goods and service excellence. Her book, 'Sales & Service Excellence' is based on her experience and results in creating and sustaining a sales and service culture.

Jane holds a Masters degree in Human Resource Management and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development. She is a visiting lecturer for the CIPD and the Postgraduate Management Programme.



Geoff Kershaw

Managing Director of Thorntons

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