The Diary of a Leader


Our next event for Future Leaders in the MI industry

The mission of the Future Leaders Network is to give the next generation of leaders in the MI space the support, skills and confidence that they need to become successful.

Our Future Leaders Network is Chaired by Tom Bacon, (General Manager at D’addario UK) and Alice Monk (General Manager of the MIA). We’re always delighted to welcome new people into the network, so if you or a member of your team would benefit from getting involved, please do reach out.


Answering your questions…

What is the Future Leaders Network?

A schedule of meetings, events, training, and mentorship that appeal to people at all levels and across all areas of the sector.

Why does the Future Leaders Network exist?

We want to support and develop the future leaders of our industry. Ensuring that talent is retained, and helping businesses with their succession planning.

How are we going to support Future Leaders?

By giving people the skills and confidence that they need to become successful.

An Upcoming Event

Our ‘Diary of a Leader’ events profile inspiring leaders in our space; we’ll find out about people, their pathways, and their working styles. We’ll also host a Q&A at the end of each session.

We’re excited to announce that Suzanne Harlow will be joining us via zoom on Wednesday 27th July 2022 from 11am-12pm.

Suzanne is an experienced Board Level Director and was most recently the Chief Executive of RSL Awards, an International Awarding Organisation in the Contemporary Music and Performing Arts sector.

Prior to RSL Awards, she had a long and successful career in the Retail Sector, as Chief Executive of Jack Wills from 2018 -19, and at Debenhams for 23 years, from 1994 – 2017. During her time at Debenhams as Group Trading Director, she had responsibility for the Product and Brand Strategy across all Clothing, Premium Beauty, Home and Restaurants, both for Stores and also E-Commerce.

She is currently on the Board of the MIA, has been a retail advisor to the British Heart Foundation since 2017, and more recently has started work with Browne Jacobson as a Non-Executive Director on the Retail and Consumer Group. Prior to this, Suzanne served on the Advisory Board of the British Fashion Council and was involved with Graduate fashion week. She was Non-Executive Director for Ermes Dept store Group in 2015 and she is also an Ambassador and Mentor for Retail Week’s ‘Be-Inspired’ campaign, developing future female leaders.

During this meeting, Suzanne will tell us about moving up through various buying and merchandising roles in the retail sector. She’ll share what she’s learnt as a Chief Executive, and talk about her leadership style. 

If you identify as a Future Leader and work in the MI sector in the UK, you can sign up for this event here


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