Enabling Omni-Channel Apps. Today.

On 23 May, we will be hosting an afternoon/early evening event focussed on the latest innovations in technology which can enable Omni-Channel delivery today.

You will hear from AS Watson, Brand Alley, Ethos Farm and Hillarys Blinds, as well as the co-founder of Worth Capital [one of the UK’s best known Funds for Retail Start-Ups].  These thought leaders will share their insights on what are the key challenges facing Retailers today and how these challenges affect the IT organization. Specifically we will be drilling into the key capabilities IT Executives need to develop in order to survive and grow profitably.

Focus will be on the need for a Rapid Application Development, API Centric and Cloud capabilities, drawing from experiences in the UK and beyond.

This free Event will take place in London on 23rd May 2019 from 15.45-18.15 – followed by drinks and a networking reception.  Register now to reserve your place since attendance will be limited.

You are a CIO or Digital Director responsible for driving Digital Transformation, Change & Omnichannel in your organizations? Then sign up now:



The Ministry Private Members Club

May 23rd 2019

from 15.45 – 18.15

Attendance/Sign up is free


How to address the challenges around new IT Capabilities in order to adopt Innovation today

Bruce MacInnes [Chairman Brand Alley]

Sally Alington [Founder EthosFarm]

Andrew Cobb [IT Director AS Watson]

You can find the detailed agenda further down

*Tickets are limited to 70 people, registration closes at May 17th

Get excited to hear from the following Customers & Speakers

Matthew Cushen

Retail Strategy & Innovation Consultant, Uprising and Co-founder & Investor, Worth Capital

Matthew is a retailer by trade. He has been a strategic innovation consultant – helping both retailers other businesses that envy retailers’ customer centricity, commerciality and agility. He has created new innovation strategies, products, experiences, brands or innovation capability for, amongst others, Tesco, Sainsburys, Argos, BP & John Lewis.

This leaves Matthew with insight born from a unique combination of operational & senior management experience with large blue chip retailers, multiple fast moving strategic innovation projects and direct experience of what makes start-ups successful.

Oliver Swanton

Pre-Sales Manager, Neptune Software
Oliver joined Neptune Software in 2019.  He is leading the Pre-Sales team in the UK and comes with 19 years of experience in IT.  Oliver started his career as a Web Developer and over time worked his way up the ranks from Software Developer through to Specialist IT Consultant.  Over the years Oliver has worked with a wide range of different technologies from C# to JavaScript to NodeJS and continues to be a curious and passionate technologist

Julian Bond

Head of ICT, Hillarys Blinds
Julian is Head of ICT for Hillarys, the UK's largest retailer of made-to-measure residential window coverings - blinds, shutters and awnings. He has worked in business-focussed IT management for UK and global enterprises for the last 20 years - predominantly in supply chain sectors (including Rolls-Royce, Heineken, Laporte), but most recently retail. 

Hillarys has been using enterprise mobile apps since 2005, with a mission-critical app Highly Commended in the Best Enterprise Mobility Project category of the UK IT Industry Awards and past winner of a TechWorld Award.

Natalie Kouzeleas

Managing Direcor UK & IE, Neptune Software
Natalie has over 25 years of experience in Technology and Strategy.  She was previously a Managing Director in Accenture’s Strategy practice and prior to this worked for over ten years in Oracle Corporation where she was responsible for the first Mobile Customer Experience Applications developed for various global Retailers and Retail Banks.



Founder EthosFarm

Over the last 17 years, Sally has been privileged to work with some of the world’s most prestigious organisations to enhance their people propositions and improve customer satisfaction. She  had the opportunity to engage with, and better understand, their consumers to create unique brand experiences. As the Founder of Ethos Farm and head of the Consultancy side of the business, Ishe specialises in the design and ‘architecture’ of service propositions to exceed customer expectations and build loyalty to your brand, enhancing service scores or improving sales results.


IT Director, AS Watson

Andrew Cobb is IT Director responsible for Superdrug, Savers and The Perfume Shop in the UK.  He has over 20 years of experience in IT.  His career started in the Consumer Products industry with P&G where he worked for 17 years working his way up to IT Management.  From there he moved to the Retail Industry working at TJX Europe and he joined AS Watson in 2015. He has an Engineering degree from Loughborough University.


Chairman, BrandAlley
Bruce is chairman of BrandAlley, the leading flash sales retailer for the UK market, offering a “Bicester Village” style shopping experience online to its millions of affluent, savvy shoppers.  In 2013 Bruce led a management buyout of BrandAlley from News International, together with his CEO Rob Feldmann, and they have built and led a team which has transformed the business into a profitable, high growth etailer, offering a unique marketing channel through which its luxury and premium brand partners attract new and affluent customers and clear stock profitably.


15.45 - 16.00 - REGISTRATION
16.00 - 16.15 - NEPTUNE SOFTWARE
Welcome and Introduction to the Afternoon
[Natalie Kouzeleas,  Neptune Software]
16.15 - 16.45 - WHAT's HOT IN RETAIL INNOVATION and why Retailers should envy Start-Ups 
[Matthew Cushen, Worth Capital]
The session will provide some stimulus and provocation to get the conversation started:
  1. Six innovation themes to illustrate the way retailers around the world are responding to the macro challenges we all face as retailers
  2. The contrasting advantages & constraints between large versus start-up retailers when creating & landing innovation
  3. The implications for large retail CEOs & boards for the capabilities they need to develop
  4. Therefore the capabilities that CEOs will demand from their technology teams.
16.45 - 17.15 - NEPTUNE SOFTWARE
The technology pillars which CIOs need to have in place to support Omni-Channel Delivery
[Oliver Swanton, Neptune Software]
We will discuss in depth the key capabilities that Technology teams need to develop and will specifically talk about the key technologies that need to be in place – Cloud, API Management, DevOps tools and RAD Platforms
17.15 - 17.45 - HILLARYS BLINDS JOURNEY with a low code platform 
[Julian Bond, Hillarys Blinds]
Julian will present how they are using Neptune Software’s Rapid Application Development platform to develop applications for their multi-channel operations.  They will share some concrete examples of these applications and discuss why they chose Neptune to support their business
17:45 - 18:15 - PANEL DISCUSSION: 
how different customers are addressing the challenges around new IT Capabilities & adopting Innovation today

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Tim Lam
or via phone: +44 7468 415 552

visit www.neptune-software.com