The Walpole Team & Board

Walpole Team

Helen Brocklebank

Helen Brocklebank

CEO
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Nick Carvell

Nick Carvell

HEAD OF CONTENT & EDITOR-AT-LARGE
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Willow Dawes

Willow Dawes

Corporate Affairs Team Assistant
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Jessica Day

Jessica Day

Head of Membership (parental leave)
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Harriet Gilbert Savage

Harriet Gilbert Savage

Content and Membership Assistant
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Charlotte Keesing

Charlotte Keesing

DIRECTOR, CORPORATE AFFAIRS & INTERNATIONAL
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Olivia Lowdell

Olivia Lowdell

HEAD OF EVENTS
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Rebecca Mars

Rebecca Mars

Senior Memberships Manager
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Anna Maude

Anna Maude

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT & HEAD OF PROGRAMMES
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Sadaf Quyoum

Sadaf Quyoum

Acting Head of Memberships
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Bethanie Summerfield

Bethanie Summerfield

MARKETING & EVENTS MANAGER
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Carly von Speyr

Carly von Speyr

HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS
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Julia Woolley

Julia Woolley

HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
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Walpole Board

Michael Ward

CHAIRMAN, WALPOLE
MANAGING DIRECTOR, HARRODS
Michael Ward is Walpole’s Chairman and heads up the board of esteemed industry experts from a breadth of different luxury sectors. Michael is Managing Director of Harrods.

Helen Brocklebank

CEO,
WALPOLE
As well as CEO of Walpole, Helen is a Member of the DIT Trade Advisory Group; Chair of Consumer Goods Advisory Group, APPG for International Trade; and serves on the Duke of Edinburgh's Women in Business Committee.
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Richard Carter

Former Director of Global Communications, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Richard Carter served as Director of Global Communications for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars from 2009 to 2022.
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Gillian de Bono

FORMER EDITOR
FT HOW TO SPEND IT
Gillian de Bono spent 25 years building up How To Spend It into a multi-award winning magazine, website and app and a major profit centre for the FT. She now consults for luxury lifestyle brands and media.
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Mark Harvey

Managing Director, Sales & Marketing, The Oxford Artisan Distillery
Formerly Chief Marketing Officer at English winemakers, Chapel Down, Mark is currently helping a number of British wine and spirit brands in building to scale. Prior to this he held various marketing and commercial roles at Cartier, Moët Hennessy and L’Oréal.
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Michael Morley

Independent Non-Executive Director // Global Financial Services
DEUTSCHE BANK
Michael was previously CEO of Coutts & Co. and CEO of Deutsche Bank’s UK wealth management business. He is a board member of Deutsche Bank SAE, DB’s Spanish franchise, Senior Independent Director of PIMFA, the UK wealth management industry’s trade body, and Deputy Chair of the Centre for Mental Health.
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Lewis Cohen

PARTNER
MISHCON DE REYA
Lewis Cohen is a partner at law firm Mishcon de Reya. He heads the Commercial, Technology, Sport and Data division and is co-head of the Retail and the Hospitality & Leisure sector groups.
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Sarah Sands

journalist & author
Sarah Sands is a former editor of The Sunday Telegraph and The Evening Standard and of Radio 4’s Today programme. She is a board director of Hawthorn Advisors, chair of Bright Blue think tank, on the board of the Berkeley Group and of London First, and a trustee of Index on Censorship.
Matthew Slotover

Matthew Slotover

Co-Founder // Frieze, Murmur, Toklas
Mathew co-founded the art magazine, Frieze, in 1991, and in 2003 launched the Frieze Art Fair in London. In 2021 he launched Toklas, a Mediterranean restaurant and bakery in London, and in 2022 opened Fort Road Hotel, a small hotel and restaurant in Margate. He was a founding member of the Gallery Climate Coalition, and in 2022 co-founded Murmur, an organisation to mobilise the arts to combat climate change.
Pamela Batty

Pamela Batty

Strategic Advisor on Corporate, Responsibility & Sustainability
Pamela has over 20 years of experience in corporate responsibility and was the Vice President of Corporate Responsibility at Burberry for 10 years. During her tenure there she forged Burberry’s ambitious, industry-leading environmental and social programmes, launching Burberry’s climate positive ambition and served as Trustee to the Burberry Foundation. Pamela is also a Trustee of the British Fashion Council Foundation.
Marianna Nitsch

Marianna Nitsch

Chief Legal Officer, Chanel Limited
Marianna Nitsch is the Chief Legal Officer of Chanel. With a broad experience in private practice and as Head of Legal in different industries, she is also the President of Fondation Chanel, France, and member of the Global Board of Fondation Chanel in the UK.
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Walpole Programme Chairs

Nick Temperley

CHAIR, WALPOLE PROGRAMME IN LUXURY MANAGEMENT AT LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL
Nick Temperley is the General Manager of Edrington-Beam Suntory UK, and was previously Head of Reserve Brands at Diageo.

Balthazar Fabricius

CO-CHAIR, WALPOLE
BRANDS OF TOMORROW
Balthazar Fabricius co-founded turf accountancy Fitzdares in 2005. In 2007, Fitzdares became an inaugural Walpole Brand of Tomorrow and is now proud to be bookmakers to the British luxury sector.

Chris Downham

CO-CHAIR, WALPOLE
BRANDS OF TOMORROW
A chartered accountant, Chris was previously CFO and CEO of luxury media company BOAT International, and holds advisory and board roles with several companies.
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Luxury Strategy Council members

Helen Brocklebank

Chief Executive
As well as CEO of Walpole, Helen is a Member of the DIT Trade Advisory Group; Chair of Consumer Goods Advisory Group, APPG for International Trade; and serves on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Women in Business Committee.

Helen Brocklebank

Chief Executive
As well as CEO of Walpole, Helen is a Member of the DIT Trade Advisory Group; Chair of Consumer Goods Advisory Group, APPG for International Trade; and serves on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Women in Business Committee.

Helen Brocklebank

Chief Executive
As well as CEO of Walpole, Helen is a Member of the DIT Trade Advisory Group; Chair of Consumer Goods Advisory Group, APPG for International Trade; and serves on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Women in Business Committee.

Helen Brocklebank

Chief Executive
As well as CEO of Walpole, Helen is a Member of the DIT Trade Advisory Group; Chair of Consumer Goods Advisory Group, APPG for International Trade; and serves on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Women in Business Committee.