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The Walpole Power List 2020

The Gurus

Introducing the 2020 Walpole Gurus, in association with Investec: Individuals with extraordinary expertise in their respective fields.
15th Nov 2020
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Alexandra Currie, Senior Head of Strategy and Project Management, FARFETCH

Alexandra Currie leads the Strategy & Project Management function at FARFETCH Platform Solutions–the global platform for luxury commerce. In her role, Alexandra is focused on building revolutionary Connected Retail solutions for luxury brands and retailers. Since joining FARFETCH in 2016, Alexandra’s played an integral role in building the company’s suite of white-label products.  She’s led the strategic development and onboarding of 25 partners onto the platform, most significantly the re-platform for Harrods’ digital business, the largest programme FARFETCH has delivered to date. Alexandra earned an MBA from the London Business School and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University, Canada.

Anna Bartle, Vice President Corporate Affairs & Co-Lead for Sustainability, The Estée Lauder Companies UK & Ireland

Anna Bartle is a senior communications professional with over 20 years’ experience in consumer brands across a variety of industry sectors, both in-house and agency-side. Currently VP of Corporate Affairs for The Estée Lauder Companies UK and Ireland, Anna leads media relations, external stakeholder engagement, public affairs, internal corporate communications, and the Crisis & Issues practice. She is also co-lead on Sustainability Strategy and runs the region’s Corporate Responsibility programmes including key philanthropic initiatives such as The Estée Lauder Companies’ Breast Cancer Campaign (‘BCC’), the region’s Children’s Literacy programme and the company’s commitment to Look Good Feel Better.

Simon Glendenning, Managing Director, Dugdale Bros. & Co.

A wine merchant turned luxury goods advocate, Simon Glendenning has sought out and restored heritage British brands within niche sectors including Wensum Tailoring, Cole & Son and the specialist sector of Alfred Dunhill when cigar smoking was still acceptable. He has always focussed on ensuring that the reputation of the brand was justified and commensurate with the products bearing its name and, whenever possible, emphasising a Made in England provenance.

Margaret Sweeney, Director of Business Development, G . F Smith

Margaret Sweeney moved to London at 18 dreaming of a fashion career. Scared but buoyed by the confidence and work ethic her parents had instilled in her, she believed that following her passion meant anything was possible. Remarkably, Margaret’s first job as an office junior at G. F Smith grew into a 30-year career at an innovative, empowering company she feels as passionate about today as ever: “As Director of Business Development, I work with so many great colleagues, and I’m privileged to meet and work with so many inspiringly talented people across the world’s luxury brands –including the great fashion houses.”

Mark Duguid, Managing Director, Carrier

Hailing from rural Scotland, venturing far and wide was Mark Duguid’s childhood ambition. Post-graduation, seasons overseas in customer service led to senior commercial roles with leading mainstream travel brands, before Mark made the transition to specialise in the luxury sector by joining Kuoni as commercial director in 2009 and subsequently Carrier as Managing Director in 2017. In the three years Mark has been at the helm, Carrier has evolved its proposition to deliver truly exceptional experiences which fulfil the needs and goals of today’s luxury traveller, picking up multiple awards along the way.

Stuart Johnson, Managing Director, Brown’s Hotel

In October 2020, Stuart Johnson celebrated his 16-year anniversary at Rocco Forte Hotels. Stuart's career progressed from positions at The Savoy, Claridge’s and The Connaught, and has included stints as General Manager at Cliveden, Publishing Director of the UK Hotel Guide (Condé Nast) and General Manager at Brown's. Stuart has also worked in Shanghai where he oversaw the early development of the Westbund Hotel, a Rocco Forte Hotel, scheduled to open next year and as General Manager at The Assila Hotel, Jeddah, before returning to Brown's in 2018 as Managing Director.

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