The Walpole Power List 2022

The 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury

The third-annual Walpole Power List, naming the 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury, has been revealed.
11th Jan 2022
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The Walpole Power List 2022 The 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury

The Power List celebrates the inspirational individuals – the 50 Most Influential People in British Luxury – within Walpole member brands who, despite enormous challenges throughout the past two years, have continued to steer the sector to success. The list was unveiled at the Corinthia London on Monday 11th January 2022. 

“As we emerge from another challenging year, but one that our members have weathered with creativity and great stamina, it is a complete joy to recognise the talent of the people working tirelessly to further British luxury, applying their creativity, ingenuity, entrepreneurship and sheer graft to making the sector better, more beautiful, more resilient and even more alluring to an affluent, discerning customer" - Helen Brocklebank, CEO of Walpole

The Power List winners have been recognised across the following nine categories:

Tastemakers - Influencers with a great network who others look to for advice and inspiration.
Master Storytellers - The people at the heart of luxury, telling the industry’s inspiring stories and keeping it relevant.
Creatives - Those who see the world a little differently: the creative powerhouses upon whose ideas businesses are built.
Rainmakers - Business leaders who magically bring the revenue in, ensuring prosperity for their company and the luxury industry.
Connectors - Networking geniuses with an eye for a creative collaboration, and the means to make it happen.
Pioneers - Luxury leaders spearheading new business ideas, and paving the way for change at pace.
Future-proofers - Guardians of brand legacy, future-proofing businesses with sustainable initiatives.
Custodians - Champions of British-made: advocates protecting craftsmanship and fighting to keep important jobs and skills alive.
Bright Sparks - Dynamos driving businesses forward, with creativity and strategic thinking at their hearts. 
Innovators - Those who have shown inspiring innovation in product, service or management over the past year.

The Power List revealed:

The Tastemakers
Yelena Ford, Managing Director, The New Craftsmen
Anna Mason, Founder, Anna Mason
Katy Simpson, Founder , Noble Isle
Sharon Lillywhite, Founding Partner, Oliver Burns
Helen Murray, Owner & Creative Director, Helen Amy Murray
Pepa Gonzalez & Mike Hoare, Co- Founders, Pepa & Co.

The Master Storytellers
Wayne Bruce, Director of Communications, Bentley
Paolo Cigognini, CMO, Alexander McQueen
Lydia Slater, Editor-in-Chief, Harper's Bazaar
Kate Reardon, Editor-in-Chief, Times Luxx
Lauren Indvik, Fashion Editor, Financial Times
Yana Peel, Global Head of Arts & Culture, CHANEL

The Creatives
Alexandra Llewellyn, Founder, Alexandra Llewellyn
Wayne McGregor, Resident Choreographer, Royal Opera House
Edward Gardner, Principal Conductor, London Philharmonic Orchestra
Sabina Savage, Founder, Sabina Savage
Mario Perera, Executive Chef, The Dorchester
Lesley Gracie, Master Distiller, Hendrick's Gin

The Rainmakers
Nicholas Brooke, CEO, Sunspel
Peter Jenkins, CEO, The Conran Shop
Annalise Fard,    Director of Beauty, Home and Fine Jewellery & Watches, Harrods
Dan Jago, CEO, Purdey
John Laurie, Manging Director, Glenturret

The Connectors
Andrew Coney, General Manager, The Hari
Nick Temperley, General Manager, EMEA North, Beam Suntory
Arabella El Barkouki, VP Global Sales Partners, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
Victoria Trimmer, Client Director, Fashion & Luxury, News UK
Sean Ghouse, Director of UK Retail, Fortnum & Mason
Colleen Caslin, CEO, Jessica McCormack 

The Pioneers
Charles Oak, Hotel Director, The Londoner
Anabela Chan, Founder, Anabela Chan
Jon Graham, CEO, Miller Harris
Uwern Jong, Experientialist-in-Chief, OutThere 

The Future-proofers
Rosie Wollacott Phillips, Group Sustainability Manager, Mulberry
Jonathan Russell, CEO, Cowdray
Elizabeth McMillan, Macallan Global Marketing Manager, Edrington
Sue Fox, President, The Estée Lauder Companies UK & Ireland
Ankita Patel , Corporate Responsibility Manager, Harrods    

The Custodians
Ruth & Charles Simpson, Co-Founders, Simpsons' Wine Estate
Margaret A. Macleod, Sales Director, Harris Tweed Hebrides
Sean Clayton, Managing Director, Peter Reed
Victoria Houghton, CEO, Hamilton & Inches

The Bright Sparks
Natalie Schober, Strategy Director, Penhaligon's
Jema Avedian, Head of Brand Marketing, Smythson
Amy Wardell, Head of Brand, Northacre
Melissa Bissett, Marketing Director, Johnstons of Elgin

The Innovators
Christian Bachler, Executive Vice President, Fiskars Group
David Meagher, CEO, Auriens
Mathieu Deslandes, Global Marketing Director, Royal Salute
Sylvie Freund-Pickavance, Director of Strategy and Business Development, The Bicester Village Shopping Collection

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