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Welcome to the People in Retail Awards 2023

The People in Retail Awards (PIRA) are dedicated to recognising and celebrating the outstanding individuals and businesses in the retail sector. These awards shine a spotlight on those who have made remarkable contributions and demonstrated excellence, inspiring and setting a benchmark for the entire industry. From exceptional employees and managers to innovative retailers and industry leaders, the People in Retail Awards honor the vital role that people play in the success and growth of the retail sector. Through these awards, we celebrate the spirit of excellence, innovation, and dedication that drives the retail industry forward.

We are thrilled to announce the highly anticipated shortlist for 2023.

This year’s shortlist represents a remarkable group of individuals and businesses who have made outstanding contributions and demonstrated excellence in the retail sector. They have raised the bar for the industry, inspiring others and shaping the future of retail. Check out the shortlist here!

Winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony on the 21st September 2023. Join us in celebrating the remarkable achievements of these exceptional finalists as we unveil the shortlist for the People in Retail Awards 2023.

The Awards are judged by a panel of industry leaders and experts and is brought to you by The Retail Bulletin.

On the night, we are proudly supporting the Retail Trust as our chosen charity partner for 2023. More

💎Entertainment News💎

We are very pleased to announce that Zoe Lyons is our confirmed evening host. Zoe is an award winning comedian and TV host of BBC2’s Lightning and Live at the Apollo, and guest co-host of Sunday Morning Live (BBC1) and The Frank Skinner radio show. She is also a regular on Have I Got News for You, QI, and Mock the Week.

Plus, get your dance shoes sorted because we’ve confirmed London-based young and talented musicians Groove Anatomy.

More about the awards night.


“The People in Retail Awards are a great way to celebrate everyone within the retail industry and all the hard work that goes into creating positive working cultures where everyone can feel valued. It is especially important to showcase individuals and companies who go the extra mile and can be role models for others to learn and develop from. I’m very proud to be a partner as I recognise all the hard work and commitment that goes into being your very best version of yourself, and people are at the heart of what I do daily”.
Elliott Sanderson


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Meet the Judging Panel

Chris Brook-Carter

Chief Executive Officer
The Retail Trust

Rebecca Saunders

Director (Consumer & Retail)
Alvarez & Marsal

Neil Pickering

Senior Manager, HR Innovation

Beth Samson

People Director
Investors in People

Kasey Swithenbank

Head of Retailer UK&I

Helen Jeremiah

Vice President Marketing Director

Melanie Taylor

Head of Retail Relations

Azmat Ali

Strategic Projects Director
Safestyle UK Plc

Krisi Smith

Cofounder & Creative Director
Bird & Blend Tea Co.

Yemi Akisanya

Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and People Experience

Vishal Talreja

Property Director

Matt Bradley

Nineteen Group

Aaron Chatterley

Feelunique & indu

Heather Lee

Chief People Officer
Lincolnshire Co-op

Una O’Reilly

Group Chief People, Culture & Sustainability Officer
The Ivy Collection, Caprice Holdings, Bill's, The Birley Clubs

Glynn Davis

Editor and Founder
Retail Insider

Ken Daly


Graham Johnston

Retail & Distribution CEO
Donaldson Group

Kirsty Rogers

Global Head of Environmental, Social & Governance

Key Dates

4th October 2022
Sponsorships, Tables & Tickets available!

1st February 2023
Entries Open!

19th June 2023
Judging date!

10th July 2023
🥳 Shortlist announced 🥳

21st September 2023
💎 The People in Retail Awards 💎