founder John Roberts, Hobbycraft CEO Catriona Marshall, John Lewis IT director Paul Coby and's managing director for grocery home shopping Simon Belsham have been confirmed as keynote speakers for next year's RBTE.

The two-day event, which will take place between 10-11 March 2015 at London's Olympia, is set to cover the key issues and challenges facing the retail industry as it deals with an unprecedented period of change, fuelled by new technology and increasingly empowered consumers.

Other confirmed retail speakers include Alex Chruszcz, senior director of insight, pricing & data at Asda, Kevin O'Brien, IT director at Selfridges, Mike Durbridge, director of omnichannel at B&Q, and Robert Teagle, EMEA IT director at Starbucks.

Conference streams include: omnichannel retailing; retail leadership; HR & skills development; technology, innovation & data; marketing and the customer; retailer payments strategy and payments in a mobile world.

Stephen Robertson, non-exec director at the Timpson Group and Hargreaves Lansdown, and the former director-general of the British Retail Consortium, will be hosting a keynote panel debate with Tesco's Belsham, Hobbycraft's Marshall and other retail leaders. 

John Roberts, founder and CEO of, is a confirmed keynote speaker for RBTE 2015

This year's RBTE – the fourth annual edition of the show – saw a record level of attendance, with visitor numbers up by more than 20% compared to 2013. RBTE parent company, Legend, is also running its inaugural Retail Design Expo in 2015, which will be co-located alongside RBTE at Olympia and is expected to contribute to more than 10,000 retail industry professionals visiting the event over the course of two days.

Those looking to attend RBTE can register here free of charge. Alongside the extensive conference programme, RBTE will play host to over 300 exhibitors from around the world, showcasing their solutions for the retail and hospitality industries.

More retail speakers are set to be announced in due course. If you are a retailer and would like more information on speaking at RBTE, please contact Carl Goodman, conference production director, on 0151 707 9522 or email

List of confirmed speakers:

  • John Roberts, CEO and founder,
  • Catriona Marshall, CEO, Hobbycraft
  • Paul Coby, IT director, John Lewis
  • Therese Proctor, chief personnel officer, Tesco Bank
  • Alex Chruszcz, senior director of insight, pricing & data, Asda
  • Kevin O'Brien, IT director, Selfridges
  • Mike Durbridge, director of omnichannel, B&Q UK and Ireland
  • Stephen Robertson, non-executive director, Timpson Group and Clipper Logistics. Formerly director-general BRC and chairman of Screwfix   
  • Robert Teagle, EMEA IT director, Starbucks
  • Michel Koch, eCommerce director, UK and international, Maplin Electronics
  • Simon Belsham, managing director, grocery home shopping,
  • Paul Kendrick, international director, N Brown Group
  • Richard Jenkins, head of RFID strategic development, Marks & Spencer
  • Sam Barton, head of user experience, Shop Direct Group
  • Peter Lewis, external initiatives manager and formerly Oyster development manager, Transport for London
  • Guy Magrath, global head of eCommerce, Electrocomponents
  • Mischa Gijrath, manager efficiency Europe, Hema
  • Rebecca Glenapp, co-founder, Lux Fix
  • Annabel Kilner, head of UK,
  • Peter Keenan, CEO, Zapp
  • Rob Harper, head of retail and hospitality services, PayPal
  • Peter Jones, managing director, PSE Consulting
  • Richard Braham, head of payments, BRC
  • David Baker, head of card payment innovations unit, The UK Cards Association
  • James Bryan, head of digital propositions, Visa Europe
  • Milon Veasey, SVP/director - head of UK corporate mobile solution specialists, Barclays Corporate Bank, global cash management, mobile payments, Pingit
  • Miya Knights, senior research analyst, EMEA, IDC Retail Insights
  • Brian Kilcourse, managing partner, RSR Research
  • Kevin Beardsley, membership director, Bitcoin Foundation
  • James Stafford, RFID market development, Avery Dennison
  • Simon Curtis, head of strategic & retail, corporate business, Worldpay
  • Speaker TBC, ACI Worldwide