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Footwear Friends Annual Awards final

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James was appointed CEO in 2017 having joined The Dune Group in 2010 from Thomas Pink where he was Group CFO for six years.

He has extensive retail experience within international market, as well as leading teams within entrepreneurial, high growth settings.

James started his career with Coopers & Lybrand in London and New York, and is a qualified Chartererd Accountant. He holds an MBA from Imperial College.


Ben has spent over 30 years in sales of footwear to the private and volume retail sector. Starting out with Intershoe of America working with high end brands like "Nickels" and "Via Spiga" selling into grade independents, followed by a 10-year period working as the Northern Sales Representative for Laceys Footwear of London.

The next career move was to a Dutch importer called "Intermedium Footwear" where Ben spent 19 years as their UK and Ireland Sales Manager.

He joined Micro-Pak Ltd. as UK and Ireland Sales and Operations Manager in April 2016


Malcolm has been in the retail industry for over 40 years. He started his career in retail management working for Clarks and then moved into the buying side with Clarks based in Street, Somerset. This covered buying for their own retail stores as well as with the wholesale and manufacturing teams.

He then joined New Look to set up the footwear business . Following early success drove New Look to be the major retailer of footwear in the UK. This then also included the success of all areas of accessories to become destination stores for footwear and accessories.

Malcolm now runs his own retail consultancy business covering retail, buying and sourcing and recently joined Shoe Zone as a non-executive director. Malcolm is also a member of the Executive Committee of Footwear Friends.

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