Chaired by Peter Holland of Linear Structure, a panel of leaders from household name furnishing retailers will discuss retail in the online age, how to entice the consumer back into stores, effective leadership in a crisis and more.
Peter Holland spent the first two decades of his career in sales and sales management in the Office Furniture industry, working for leading design-led companies such as, Vitra and Fritz Hansen. In 2010, with a keen desire to help sales and management professionals maximise their sales performance he founded Linear Structure Ltd. He has had the opportunity to deliver consultancy and training for SME companies and large multi-nationals in the UK and Europe. including Armstrong Ceilings, BLUM UK, CD UK, Deltalight, Solus Ceramics, Boss Design, William Hands, Fagerhult lighting, BOLON Flooring and more.
The panellists include:
Peter Harrison, chief executive, Furniture Village
Peter started in retail with the department store division of the UDS Group. During a 20-year career with Allders, in which he was store director of both Arding & Hobbs and Allders of Bromley, Peter joined the board as marketing & development director in his early thirties. He moved on to join the board of Gillows Group in the mid-1980s where he met David Imrie, and together they co-founded Furniture Village, opening their first store in Abingdon, Oxfordshire in 1989. Furniture Village now has 54 stores and a strong online presence and has won multiple awards including Retail Family Business of the Year.
Tim Stacey, group chief executive officer, DFS
Tim Stacey joined DFS in 2011 has overall responsibility for the DFS Group, which includes the retail brands DFS, Sofology and Dwell having previously held roles including online and business development director and chief operating officer. Prior to DFS, he spent 12 years working for Alliance Boots, where he was multi-channel director responsible for Boots.com and introducing Order and Collect. He was also commercial finance director and is a qualified chartered accountant, having trained with KPMG.
About the Innovation in Times of Crisis webinar series
The ‘Innovation in times of crisis’ series will commence on Thursday 18 February and run weekly up until 11 March 2021.
The webinars, which will be broadcast for free on Zoom, will focus on four different topics – manufacturing, trade bodies & government, interior design/designer makers and retail – with each episode featuring a guest panel of high-profile, expert speakers who will provide their insight on themes affecting each sector.
Each episode will run for 30-60 minutes and will culminate with a live Q&A providing attendees an opportunity to question members of that week’s panel.