IMRG Taskforce

IMRG’s Taskforce is an elite group of senior solution providers who help us address some of the key issues facing industry.


Linda Hope

Executive Director for EU Sales | J.P Morgan

Linda Hope is a highly-regarded payment services professional, with over 15 years expertise and knowledge of the eCommerce value chain. Linda joined J.P. Morgan Merchant Services in 2008, and was promoted to Executive Director for the EU Sales division in 2017. She manages a team providing payment gateway, fraud screening and acquiring solutions to international eCommerce merchants, ensuring they get the best-fit solution for all of their payment, security and acquiring needs. Linda is a strong advocate for collaboration and knowledge sharing of industry best practice, and in her role as European Board member for the Merchant Risk Council supports training for payment professionals.



Elliott Clayton

Vice President, Media UK | Conversant

Conversant's vice president of media in the UK, Elliott holds a decade of expertise in media personalisation, blending technology, strategy, and massive data for many of the top Fortune 500 companies. As vice president, Elliott focuses on the importance of accountable media spend through personalisation at scale, leading Conversant’s vision in solving the most challenging digital media issues facing CMOs and media agencies today.


Jon Buss

Managing Director | Yext

Jon Buss serves as the Managing Director for UK & Northern Europe at Yext, a NYSE listed technology company. Yext is pioneering a new category called Digital Knowledge Management. Yext’s cloud-based platform gives businesses control of all of the public facts that they want consumers to know, across the intelligent ecosystem including Google, Apple, Bing, Facebook, Instagram, and Yelp. With more than 20 years experience within digital start-ups and market leading international organisations, Jon is driving Yext’s international footprint and customer base throughout EMEA.

Before joining Yext, Jon was Managing Director at Criteo, a NASDAQ listed, marketing technology company.  He has also held international executive leadership roles at Experian, Dun & Bradstreet and Computacentre, and has established and operated his own businesses. Jon has extensive knowledge of the digital, data and analytics sector and is an industry commentator across media & technology. He currently sits on the board of SendinBlue, a Paris based marketing automation company, is an investor & advisor to Century Tech and Journifi, and sits on the advisory boards of Retail Week Live & Retail Week Tech.


Darko Atijas

Sales Director Europe | Neopost Shipping

Darko Atijas is Sales Director Europe at Neopost Shipping, a global technology company specialising in fulfillment solutions for e-retailers and logistics industries. Neopost Shipping is the leader in Supply Chain technology from cart to customer. Previously Darko has managed international operations, business growth and project deliveries for high growth IT businesses throughout the UK, Europe and the Middle East, and run Global Enterprise projects in the Legal, Finance, Aviation and Utilities sectors. Darko is on the board of a leading software business in the UK as a non-Exec and an investor in several software companies.


Tim Gray

Director of Relationships | Digivate

A heavyweight Digital Marketing Director & Digital Strategist and Speaker. CEO, Conversion Rate optimiser, psychology specialist, Cognitive Hypnotherapist, NLP Master Practitioner & thoroughly devoted Biohacker.
18 years of immersive experience in Digital Marketing and Psychology. A specialist in Psychology, Neuro Marketing, NLP Cognitive Hypnotherapy, Influence and Conversion Rate Optimisation, with a keen interest in Body Language, Human Behaviour and Alternative Health.



Angela Yore MCIM

MD & Co-founder | SkyParlour

Angela is MD and Co-founder of SkyParlour Communications and expert in the art of strategic marketing communications for ecommerce businesses, having practiced at a senior level for the past 20 plus years. During this time, she is proud to have raised the brand profile and market positioning of numerous tech start-ups through to market leaders. 
Before co-founding SkyParlour PR and Communications in 2009, Angela held directorships and management positions at Xerox, Océ (now Canon), 2ergo, Payzone and ReD (now part of ACI). 
Angela enjoys her role as EU representative on the Global Retail Insight Network (GRIN) Advisory Board and leads Project Media at The Emerging Payments Association. 
Throughout 2017, she has spoken publically around the world on Women in Leadership, Mentorship and the effects of Brexit on the UK technology sector.


Sebastien Desreumaux

CEO | iForce

Sebastien Desreumaux joined iForce in 2018 as CEO. Desreumaux has worked in all parts of the supply chain, with a successful track record of over 20 years within fast growing, international logistics companies. He previously held the position of UK, Ireland and Benelux MD at JF Hillebrand Global Beverage Logistics.
iForce, an Eddie Stobart company, is a leading supplier of multi-channel retail logistics and supply chain management. Building its expertise across retailing since 1997, it holds e-commerce fulfilment contracts with well-known retailers such as Dunelm, Fortnum & Mason, John Lewis, and Paperchase, as well as returns processing contracts with companies including Aldi and Kingfisher.



Richard Mitchell

Sales and Solutions Director | LiveArea

An experienced sales and business professional, with an exceptional record and broad set of skills developed whilst working in leadership roles for highly reputable Software and Services organizations. Successfully grown businesses in the UK and EMEA through appropriate analysis, strategy development, financial modelling and implementation. Offering a wealth of experience in business transformation and the development/management of organisations within a demanding and target driven environment.


John Gillan

Managing Director Northern Europe | Criteo

John Gillan currently works at Criteo as their Managing Director for Northern Europe. Prior to that he spent nearly ten years at Google as an Industry Leader and focused on building up their retail business. Prior to Google John worked for a number of FMCG companies in various sales and marketing roles. He is passionate about helping retailers and brands drive their e-commerce sales.



Paul Barnes

Northern Europe and Middle East Territory Director | App Annie

Barnes has been at the forefront of innovation in the customer experience sector since 2000, and continues to engage with business leaders in all verticals from retail and banking to insurance and tourism. As Territory Director Northern Europe and Middle East, Paul is dedicated to helping companies to succeed in their mobile strategy.



Louise Workman

Partner in the Corporate Team, Head of Client Services, Head of Retail Sector | Ashfords

Louise has vast experience in the retail sector having advised the likes of LK Bennett, HelloFresh and Penhaligons with their strategic legal issues. She has significant corporate experience in group structures, both local and cross border, and has advised on major strategic issues such as global joint ventures as well as fundraisings and M&A plans.
Louise trained at Norton Rose and spent 5 years as an Associate in the corporate finance department before moving to Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP. Louise was a corporate finance Partner at BLP for 10 years and headed its retail team.



Gavin Masters

eCommerce Industry Principal | Maginus Software Solutions

Gavin Masters is Maginus' eCommerce Industry Principal. Gavin has over 20 years’ experience in delivering and leading large online operations, digital brands and consultancy services in a variety of industries giving him a unique insight into the online arena. Previous roles include; Director of Ecommerce at Direct Golf UK, Ecommerce Manager at Hallmark Cards and Web Manger at Buy it Direct.




Alan Duncan

Senior European Marketing Director | Trustpilot

Alan is Senior Marketing Director at Trustpilot, the global online review community that builds trust and transparency between businesses and consumers. Prior to this, Alan worked as Sales & Marketing Director for the leading marketing start-up Upad and as Marketing Director for PlayStation UK.



Justin Barrett

Senior Director - Digital Marketing EMEA | Brightcove

Justin is a Senior Director of the Digital Marketing business unit EMEA, in London. He has a background in e-commerce and customer experience and has helped key brands improve their customer digital experience to improve conversion. He has been with Brightcove for several years and manages key enterprise accounts in EMEA and specialises in helping them formulate their video strategy to drive growth.


Andrew Fowler

Country Manager | UK, Apptus

Andrew has over twenty years of experience designing, developing and marketing business solutions for the retail, distribution and mail order sectors.  Over the past fifteen years Andrew has specialised in solutions that relate directly to online sales.
As a technologist and experienced business analyst Andrew prides himself in his ability to apply technology to a business challenge to drive efficiency and profitability.
In his current role Andrew is delighted to have the opportunity to introduce the highly successfully Apptus eSales search, merchandising and personalisation suite into the UK market.
Apptus are leaders in the Scandinavia market and are active throughout Europe and have some of the largest retailers in Sweden as clients.



John Readman

Marketing Director | Summit 

John is a global e-commerce expert and online retailing strategist, who has over 20 years of industry knowledge having harnessed his craft in CRM, email, SEO, PPC and Google Shopping. John is responsible for driving the marketing strategy at Summit and accelerating the global growth of the world's leading retail changemaker. His passion outside of work is Ride25, a company which he founded to raise money for charity by running one of a kind cycling events all over the world. He previously was the driving force behind Search Laboratory which he grew from 10 people to over 160 people in 3 years before exiting to set-up Ride25.



Kevin Sparks

Country Manager UK | Early Birds

With 20 years experience developing and scaling performance driven sales and marketing teams across telecommunications and e-commerce sectors, Kevin is now heading up the UK for leading French tech start-up Early Birds. Providing leading retailers a predictive merchandising platform to deliver real-time personalised buying experiences for retail customers and drive their e-commerce sales.



Padraig Slattery

VP Retail | SafeCharge

Padraig Slattery is an experienced finance executive who has comprehensive experience developing go-to-market strategies and undertaking creative concepts for growth across multiple verticals including Retail, Digital, Travel, Finance, Telecoms, and Automotive. Consistent and flexible, Padraig has a proven track record delivering complex payment solutions to some of the world’s most recognisable and fastest growing brands.