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31st March 2020
10:00am - 1:00pm
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Confirmed speakers include:

  • James Lowman, Chief Executive, Association of Convenience Stores (Conference Chair)
  • Jo Whitfield, Chief Executive, Co-op Food
  • Jonny McQuarrie, Managing Director, One Stop

More details to be announced in due course.

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Event Speakers

James Lowman, Chief Executive, ACS (Conference Chair)

James was appointed ACS Chief Executive in November 2006, since then he has re-focused the organisation on being the strongest possible voice for local shops. He has led a unique research programme that informs ACS’ policy work, launched an industry-leading assured advice scheme in partnership with Surrey County Council, created a new and unique events programme, and increased membership and engagement from all parts of the industry. He has been recognised for his work with outstanding achievement awards from Palmer & Harvey, YIGA, and the Retail Industry Awards. James is a member of ministerial advisory groups including the Future High Streets Forum, the National Retail Crime Steering Group and the Retail Policy Forum. He also sits on the boards of Community Alcohol Partnerships and the Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS).

James joined ACS in 1997. He has a degree in Politics from the University of Essex, and an MBA from Kingston Business School.

Jo Whitfield, Chief Executive, Co-op Food

Jo is Chief Executive for Food at the Co-op. She was promoted to the role after less than a year with the organisation and has devised and led a strategy that is delivering rapid and radical transformation change for the business.  

Jo began her career at Ernst and Young as a qualified accountant before broadening her experience in finance within several companies such as Northern Foods, Matalan and George. She became a key leader at Asda and strengthened her knowledge of retail by taken on many key leadership roles across the business which included operations, commercial and e-Commerce & Strategy across the International business. 
At the Co-op Jo has been an advocate for change while staying close to her values and the values of the business. Jo is a positive, modern leader who has a deep understanding of retail. Since being part of the executive team she has introduced new ideas such as partnering with festivals including Glastonbury and other events such as Parkrun.

Jonny McQuarrie, Managing Director, One Stop