About Us

SARAH CURRAN-USHER, MBE

SARAH CURRAN-USHER, MBE

Partner, REAN

2006 Sarah set-up the pioneering accessible-luxury online retailer My-Wardrobe.com making it one of the worlds most respected online fashion sites. In 2011 she took the decision to step away from the company.

Curran was awarded an MBE for her services to British Fashion in 2013, then began working with Shop Direct on a project to ‘democratise luxury fashion’ and make brands accessible to more people resulting in the successful launch of VeryExclusive.co.uk in February 2015.

Sarah actively supports new talent and women in business and sits on a number of judging panels as well as mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs. She sat as a valued Patron on the British Fashion Council from 2015-2017.
In 2017 Curran left Shop Direct and is currently Non Executive Director role at French Connection and French fashion retailer Pimkie.

Sarah@RetailExecutives.co.uk

RICHARD HOLLISTER

RICHARD HOLLISTER

Managing Partner Retail Executives Group

Retail Executives founded by Richard Hollister with 28 years’ experience recruiting talent ‘Retail Executives Limited’ brought together his experience of working for three global executive search firms and a small boutique.

Bringing together the professionalism of a larger company, the tenacity of a small company and the deep knowledge of the fashion & retail sector.

In 2005 Richard joined global executive search firm Odgers Berndtson, before moving to Boyden and then CT Partners. All ranked in the top 6 firms globally. In 2015 Richard joined a specialist retail recruiter, before establishing Retail Executives Limited.

Richard@RetailExecutives.co.uk

DARREN TOPP

DARREN TOPP

Chairman Retail Executives Group

started his retail career at Marks & Spencer as part of their Young Management Training Programme. Prior to 2004 performed a number of Regional and Store Manager Roles, which included running £100 million Stores to £500 million Regions. In addition, held various positions in different parts of the business including Store Development, Store Operations, Foods, Womenswear and the Chief Executive’s Office. In 2004 became Head of HR for part of the business, progressing to Divisional Director Retail Parks and Divisional Executive for Wales and West.

Darren joined BHS as Retail Director in 2008, progressing to Commercial Director and then Chief Operating Officer for both BHS and Outfit. In March 2015 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer.

In September 2016 Darren joined fashion business L.K.Bennett as Chief Executive, where he remained until 2018, when the business was sold.
With many years experience at a senior level, Darren has led businesses in both growth and turnaround, re-structured businesses and has a clear understanding of large and complex businesses. This experience gives Darren the knowledge and understanding to assist other retail leaders looking for talent solutions as well as C-Suite executives looking for their next executive role or build their non-executive portfolio.

Darren@RetailExecutives.co.uk