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Kate Ancketill

Kate Ancketill

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Kate is a leading authority in global retail and business futurism. With retail, consumer, brand, hospitality, and technology specialisation, making complex societal shifts and emerging technologies relatable for any audience.

As the CEO and founder of GDR, Kate has more than 25 years experience in business futurism and trends. She is the innovation partner to around 30 of the world’s largest consumer brands, supplying market leading consultancy and professional speaking to P&G, Tesco, Waitrose, Target, Sephora, Microsoft, Google, and Lego.

Kate delivers compelling big-picture narratives on how macro forces are affecting the economy, the planet, culture and technology. Her team of researchers and strategists identify global trends and innovation case studies that represent successful business adaptation, from which others can learn.

Kate is a full time professional conference speaker, available for TV, radio, podcasts, panels, board advisory, client presentations, and print.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Retail
  • Brands
  • Consumer Trends
  • Digital Commerce
  • AI
  • New Tech
  • Disruptive Business Models
  • Sustainability
  • Customer Experience
  • Hospitality
  • Smart Cities
  • Wellness
  • Consumer Packaged Goods

Typical Keynote Titles:

  • Modern retail is rocket science – How can we deal with the complexity and prioritise investment for the future
  • AI’s role in transforming retail – Why we can’t live without it, and how to mitigate the dangers
  • The future of customer service – What can professional services learn from the fast-moving retail industry
  • Thrift and Thrive: navigating the new retail landscape – exploring efficiency, personalisation and regeneration
  • Trends fit for the future: The surprising secrets of persistently brilliant retail brands
  • Regenerative brands: a practical guide to a future that works for the planet, people, and profit
  • Loyalty and new models of Customer Engagement
  • What every retail sector can learn from Innovation in FinTech
  • The Future of Beauty and Wellness

Important Information

In person prices:
£8,000 - £10,000
Price based on UK delivery
Virtual Event prices:
£6,000 - £7,500
Branding, Consumer Behaviour, Creative Thinking, Customer Engagement, Disruption, Economics, Marketing, Retail, Sustainability, Technology, Women in Business

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Kate gets among the highest feedback for speakers at the NRF Big Show every year – that’s why we’ve invited her to give the trends keynote for nine years running.

Martine Reardon | Chief Marketing Officer and EVP of Content and Retail Strategy at NRF

I think it’s fair to say that your delivery at the KBSA conference was breath-taking. You could have heard a pin drop at any stage! So thank you; you reignited my imagination and confirmed my desire for change and excitement for the future! I look forward to learning more through your posts and hope our paths cross again at some point!

Ian Sandford | Chairman, Four Seasons Kitchens

Several of our delegates told us that you were the best keynote they have ever seen in their career. Great work and thank you for being part of our conference.

Liz Smith | Senior Director, Verifone


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