New Appointments At Clarion

Clarion Events have announced new appointments in its Retail Portfolio Leadership Team.

Clarion Events, the organisers of Top Drawer and Home & Gift among other buying exhibitions, has announced the appointment of new members within its Retail Portfolio Leadership Team. These appointments and expansion of the existing Retail team mark an exciting new era for the shows as they continue with their commitment to providing meaningful opportunities for the retail industry to come together and do commercially-effective business in many ways, for many years to come.

With over 20 years’ experience of shaping and leading award-winning events across both trade and consumer, Daniel Nwaokolo expands his role as Managing Director to encapsulate both Clarion’s Enthusiast and Retail portfolios.

Speaking of the changing role, he said, “In a year of great change, the sectors of the retail industry we serve have shown incredible resilience and dynamism. Both how products are sourced and consumed has been accelerated by the influence of online, and I’m looking forward to working with the team to provide innovative buying opportunities and solutions, both in-person and digitally, that meet our customers’ evolving needs.”

Zoe Bonser

Zoë Bonser joins the team as Portfolio Director, having been Show Director for The Baby Show at Clarion Events and previously Event Director for Spring and Autumn Fair. Zoë commented, “It’s a real honour to be leading the Retail portfolio, whose shows are so loved by the industry and are such crucial opportunities for brands, designers and buyers to unite. At its core, retail is an industry all about people, passion and connection. These are elements that the longstanding event teams and I will continue to harness as we evolve our offering even further, creating new opportunities for success through both live events and exciting new virtual outputs.”

Russell Rule also joins the Retail portfolio’s gift events as Show Manager, having previously held the position at the Spirit of Christmas. With an intimate knowledge of both the retail market and all key operational event functions, Russell will harness his experience to create stimulating buying and networking experiences, both in live formats and online.

Abigail Quesnel

And finally, Abigail Quesnel has been appointed Senior Operations Manager for the portfolio. Abigail said, “An industry based on creativity and design, I’m looking forward to working with the team across our Retail shows to create welcoming, unique environments that facilitate networking, inspiration and space to do meaningful business.”

The team is excited for this next chapter of innovation.