Mary Portas

Leading Expert on Fashion Retail & Brand Communication

Mary Portas is widely recognised as the UK's foremost authority on retail and brand communication, Mary has a multitude of expertise; businesswoman, advertising executive, retail expert, Government adviser, broadcaster and consumer champion. The British media crowned her "Queen of Shops".

"Mary Portas - a Retail Guru"

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  • Retail
  • Brand Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Communication


She presents in English.

How she presents

Mary is globally recognised as a leading authority on the future trends of fashion retail, brand communication and on the development of effective people and culture within organisations. Her presentations are inspirational and highly motivating.


  • Work Like a Woman: A Manifesto for Change
  • Shop Girl
  • How to Shop with Mary Queen of Shops
  • Windows: The Art of Retail Display

In Detail

Mary joined Harvey Nichols and progressed to the Board as Creative Director. She was credited with leading its transformation into a world-renowned fashion store. Mary launched her own agency, Portas which has made its mark in the creative advertising landscape, producing category challenging campaigns and championing brand development for clients. Mary became Global Retail Ambassador for Save the Children when she transformed the Charity's worst performing shop into its best. Mary created a new charity shop format with her Living and Giving stores. The concept is now being rolled out across the country providing a human, ethical and community shopping experience.


As the UK's leading authority on retail and branding, Mary is a recognisable face, known for her upfront honesty and clear professional advice. She is an ideal speaker on marketing, branding and consumer advice. Mary believes that understanding today's fluid consumers is at the heart of great selling and shopping.


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