Conference Speaker profiles.
Alastair Laidlaw | Managing Director | Lux Worldwide
Formerly co-founder and director of Jura Watches, Mayfair; taking the business from start-up in 2007 to become the UK’s Number 1 online retailer of luxury watches.
Specialties: The luxury sector, brand communications, e-commerce, social media and multichannel marketing.
Katie Shapley | Managing Director | The Organisers Limited
Katie founded The Organisers as one of the pioneers of London’s Lifestyle Management industry in 1998. Together with her team of super PA’s, Katie launched The Organisers to provide a more bespoke experience than a simple concierge service could provide.
With an exceptional record of achievements and utilising expert organisational skills and wide-ranging contacts, The Organisers have over 17 years’ experience offering the services of a discreet private office to high net worth individuals and businesses worldwide.
Great emphasis is placed on going that extra mile for clients and Katie’s team is committed to delivering good value for money whilst ensuring service excellence.
Vikash Gupta | Director | Key Clients Barclay's Wealth and Investment Management
Vikash joined Barclays Wealth in 2008, and is part of the UK and Europe Private Bank. He offers his clients the entire services of Barclays Group including wealth planning and investment management, corporate and investment banking.
He leads a team of four providing world class service and advice to Global families with connections to the UK. They have in-depth relationships with a small number of clients and their family offices.
Vikash was earlier part of the Barclays Capital Strategy team, where his responsibility included defining the firm’s overall direction, identifying M&A opportunities and shaping the Wealth business. His assignments included setting up of an Ultra High Net Worth organisation and advising on the sale of iShares to Blackrock. Prior to Barclays, Vikash provided corporate and M&A advisory to UK’s leading firms while working for Booz & Company. Vikash also spent five years of his career in technology consulting across North America.
Vikash holds an MBA degree from Carnegie Mellon University, USA and an Engineering degree from India besides the necessary qualifications needed to advice clients on investments and lending.
Stephanie Cardot | Co-founder and CEO | TO DO TODAY
Andrea Osborne | Director | cushion the impact
Richard Howarth | Wealth Management Consultant | African Private Office LLP
George Evans | Managing Director | John Paul (UK)
Following a successful 5 year stint with another concierge provider, George launched the UK division of John Paul with his partner and co-founder, David Amsellem. John Paul is Europe’s fastest growing provider of employee and customer engagement solutions and is leading the way in the sector in the deployment of behavioural profiling (big data) analytics to derive high levels of customer and employee insight.
Prior to his time in concierge, George was one of the pioneers of email marketing during the dotcom era in the late 90s when he founded and exited Clic2mail, a corporate email service provider to UK corporates.
Pierre Desaunettes | Co-founder and CEO | ICI-CONCIERGERIES
Deborah Aringoli | Business Development Director | TO DO TODAY
Alessandra Bolzagni | Founder | My Special Guest
James T Cooke | Founder | Standing Start Solutions
Wyn Nathan Davis | Managing Director | The Sales Experts Ltd
Julie Besson | Managing Director | Time For You Services
Professor David Foskett MBE | Head of the London School of Hospitality and Tourism
Patricia Paskins | Int'l Training Director| London School of Hospitality and Tourism
Pierre-Jules Zing-Talsa | Managing Partner | PJ & T Consulting
Lesley Morgan | Principal Lawyer | AGG Legal Services
Lesley Morgan is Principal Lawyer and Head of Legal Services at AAG Legal Services Ltd. She originally qualified as a State Registered Nurse and has founded and run a number of businesses since that time, including a chain of successful dental surgeries, three schools and various other businesses.She is a highly respected UK qualified lawyer, who has forged her reputation on providing pragmatic, sound, practical advice and supporting clients through a broad range of legal matters. She has extensive experience that enables her to provide a wide gamut of legal services, from employment, corporate, litigation, Powers of Attorney and Will drafting, to name just a few.
AAG Legal Services Ltd. is an advice driven organisation offering an expeditious, secure and confidential service that is cost effective and provided with due regard to proper governance and sound financial and risk management principles. All work is carried out with due regard to Data Protection and Money Laundering Regulations, and in such a way that the rule of law and proper administration of justice is upheld.
Lesley has close links with renowned legal specialists and can call on their expertise where necessary.
Michele Essam | Founder & Director | Prestige Lifestyle Management
Successfully transferred from an IT Operational role to a General Management role with responsibility for Lifestyle Management & Concierge Service across European countries.
As a dynamic entrepreneur, Michele also holds investment and consulting roles in other London-based businesses which are focused on the delivery of high quality services to the luxury marketplace. She is also the founder of the EMEA-Lifestyle Management & Concierge Association.
The LMCA is an association of Concierge Professionals, Concierge Businesses and related business partners from various hospitality, service and professional companies. They are united in a desire to develop their industry, raise standards, recognise achievement and create fellowship in a positive business environment.
The aim of the Association is to create and maintain a forum for responsible industry members to share professional information for the benefit of themselves and their clients.