Retail & Consumer Forum

BVCA | Private Equity & Venture Capital Association

BVCA | Private Equity & Venture Capital Association


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The BVCA’s Retail and Consumer forum will bring together investors, entrepreneurs and specialist advisers for a morning of interactive and informative discussion focused on the retail/consumer sector. From the effect of Brexit and economic uncertainty through to the relationship between consumer/brand and how environmentally responsible brands and green consumerism might drive future valuations speakers will provide cutting edge content and the latest thinking from the private equity and venture capital investment space. This forum is part of the BVCA’s member only Sector Series of events, which brings together industry to better understand what potential opportunities there may be for private equity and venture investors across the UK, Europe and globally.


08:00 – Registration and Networking

08:45 – Welcome

  • Leon de Bono, Assistant Director General & Director of Member Services, BVCA

08:50 – Consumer and retail market outlook Xander Pelgrom, Director, Dealroom

09:00 – CEO Interview – Dr Martens

  • Kenny Wilson, CEO, Dr Martens
  • Tara Alhadeff, Principal, Permira

09:10 – Where are we in the cycle for consumer and retail investing?


  • Tom Leman, Partner Head of Retail & Consumer, Pinsent Masons
  • Cheryl Potter, Head of Consumer, Permira
  • Kenny Wilson, CEO, Dr Martens
  • Beth Pickens, Principal, TSG Consumer
  • Daina Spedding, Investment Manager, Blue Coast Capital

09:40 – CEO presentation – Unmade

Hal Watts, CEO, Unmade

09:50 – Reinventing retail - how technology is changing the brand/consumer relationship and influencing investors’ appetite


  • Susanne Vanner, Partner, EY
  • Isabel Bescos, Associate, Balderton
  • Melis Kahya, Head of Consumer (EMEA), General Atlantic
  • Hal Watts, CEO, Unmade
  • Chitresh Sharma, Founder, Swipii

10:20 – CEO presentation – Swipii

10:30 – Coffee break

11:00 – Are LPs looking for sector-specific funds or simply best in class sector-focused teams to generate returns?

Nicolas Schellenberg, Head of EMEA VC & PE Research, Cambridge Associates

11:10 – How do innovative brands remain innovative

  • Moderator: Chris Molloy, Founder, Brand Potential
  • Matt Truman, CEO & Co-Founder, True Global
  • Yasha Estraikh, Associate Partner, Piper PE

11:40 – CEO Presentation – Daye

Valentina Milanova, CEO & Founder, Daye

11:50 – CEO Presentation – The Cheeky Panda

Chris Forbes, Co-Founder, The Cheeky Panda

12:00 – The rise of green consumerism, can ethics drive valuations?

  • Moderated by Sundip Jadeja, Policy Manager - ESG/Impact Lead, BVCA
  • Camila Dolan, Founding Partner, EKA Ventures
  • Valentina Milanova, CEO & Founder, Daye
  • Chris Forbes, Co-Founder, The Cheeky Panda
  • Hjalmar Stahlberg, Co-Founder, Karma

12:25 – Closing remarks

12:30 – Lunch and Networking


Leon de Bono

Leon de Bono is the BVCA's Assistant Director General and Director of Membership Services. Before joining the BVCA in 2010 he was the Publishing Director and a member of the team that launched Private Equity News, part of eFinancialNews, which was acquired by Dow Jones in 2007. He began working i...

Xander Pelgrom

Experience Sales Director Company Name Dates EmployedMay 2019 – Present Employment Duration4 mos Location Amsterdam Area, Netherlands Dealroom provides market intelligence to startups, investors & corporates to stay ahead of their competition. We offer the most comprehensive...

Kenny Wilson

Wilson was CEO of Cath Kidston for nearly seven years after joining the British home wares and fashion brand known for vintage-inspired floral prints in 2011. Wilson's replacement at Cath Kidston will be announced soon, the report said. The chief executive has turned the decor retailer into an i...

Tara Alhadeff

Qualifications: Tara has a degree in Economics from Cambridge University, England and an MBA from Harvard Business School, USA. Biography: Tara focuses on investment opportunities in the Consumer sector and has worked on a number of transactions including eDreams Odigeo, Dr. Martens and Iglo Grou...

Hal Watts

Hal Watts is Chief Executive of Unmade, a technology platform that is re-thinking manufacturing for the garment industry. Hal co-founded Unmade in 2013 with Ben Alun-Jones and Kirsty Emery, a dynamic trio who met while studying at the Royal College of Art. By combining their backgrounds in textil...

Nicolas Schellenberg

Nicolas Schellenberg will share his views on asset allocation for the next economic cycle. He is responsible for due diligence on private equity and venture capital opportunities in Europe and emerging markets and, with $30bn AUM, Cambridge Associates is one of the largest LPs globally. Work Hea...

Valentina Milanova

Valentina previously worked with Techstars as a Business Development Associate. She is currently looking after the AI portfolio at Founders Factory – launching 200 businesses in the next five years! Before entering the startup and VC worlds, Valentina studied law and worked as a technology corres...

Chris Forbes

Co-founder of The Cheeky Panda along with my wonderful parter Julie of a UK top 100 start-up and a B Corp. I am passionate to deliver change for good. I regularly feature in the mainstream media in a drive to raise awareness about reducing plastic and using more sustainable products. Experience ...

Tom Leman

Leading high profile transactions for private equity institutions, corporates and entrepeneurs. Specialties: Mergers and acquisitions, private equity and general corporate law. Work Partner @ Pinsent Masons LLP Senior Associate @ Pinsent Masons LLP Associate @ Ropes & Gray LLP Education ...

Susanne Vanner

A Global Programme Director with 22 years of experience in business and operational change leadership and M&A integration, gained in both B2B and B2C markets. I'm a strategic innovator with a talent for seeing the ‘big picture’ in operational and sales rationalisation and delivering measura...

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