Crate and Barrel’s Barbara Turf to speak at Conference

Barbara Turf, who until earlier this year headed up the respected US housewares and homewares chain Crate and Barrel, is the latest name to join the speaker line-up at the 2013 Housewares Conference.

Crate and Barrel's Barbara Turf to speak at Conference

Turf served as CEO and president of Crate and Barrel from May 2008 to May 2012, when she retired, and currently serves on the board of directors at the company, a position she has held since 1996.

As CEO, she provided the strategic direction for the company’s long-term growth, and under her leadership Crate and Barrel achieved top three ranking in the home furnishing industry as a billion-dollar-plus retailer with over 100 stores.

Other speakers already lined up for the conference are trend forecaster, brand strategist and director of Trend Bible, Joanna Feely; Michael Weedon, deputy CEO and communications director of the British Independent Retailers Association; the founders of design-led housewares supplier Joseph Joseph, Richard and Antony Joseph; and Carol Paris, operations director of Garden & Leisure Group.

The Housewares Conference will take place alongside the Housewares Innovation Awards on April 16 2013, at Oxfordshire’s Heythrop Park. The event will be co-chaired by leading member of the housewares industry Pam Plant, and Gary Gordon, joint managing director and buying director of Kitchen Kapers cookshop chain.

Host for the Awards presentation and dinner will be Britain’s best-loved interior designer, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

The Awards are now open for entry. Suppliers can enter products for the Cookware & Bakeware Innovation Award, Small Electricals Innovation Award, Food Preparation Innovation Award, Kitchenware Innovation Award and Tabletop Innovation Award. And retailers can enter for Retail Innovation Award (under £10m turnover), Retail Innovation Award (£1m – £10m turnover), Retail Innovation Award (over £10m turnover) and Rising Star Award.

Suppliers also have a chance to nominate a retailer for an Award, and retailers can nominate the person they think is the industry’s best salesperson.

The Housewares Conference & Innovation Awards are organised by Housewares Magazine and and have once again attracted support from leading brands, events and organisations right across the housewares industry, in the UK and beyond. The 2013 sponsors are: Arthur Price; AIS; Spring Fair International; Exclusively Housewares; Lakeland; EPE; Horwood; Home; Wilton; Kuhn Rikon; Creative Tops; Melamaster; BHETA; International Home + Housewares Show; Haus; Denby; ICTC; Tescoma; JWP; Parlane International; Taylor’s Eye Witness; The Sales Company; Villeroy & Boch; Melamaster; and Maxwell & Williams.

To book your place now at this unmissable event please click here.

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