Innovation Stage

Nick Beighton

Mission led, e-commerce/digital business builder and leader, guides by values, purpose driven and passionate. Unafraid of using culture, technology and logistics to disrupt existing thought patterns and do things in a different way. As CFO then CEO at ASOS, grew turnover to £4bn from £200m and transformed the e-commerce fashion landscape. Founder Trustee of the ASOS Foundation, helping raise c£10m breaking down barriers for young people in fashion and tech. member of the Variety Club Rugby Golf Legends Committee raising c£2m. Voted Top 5 most influential retailer in Fashion (Retail Week), highly numerate, number 3 excel rated CFO & CEO. Always restless, always looking for product, brand, tech and customer opportunities.
Aim listed Online purely fashion business, founded in 200, now trading in 200 territories. the largest fashion brand never to have a store. Employing c13k people world-wide, t/o £4bn. ASOS is a purpose driven, mission led organisation guided by values, aware of its role in customer lives and its responsibility to the planet and people. ASOS has redefined global ecommerce fashion, its has driven growth through culture, technology, logistics and product. Its stocks 85k 1P products through the main site, 160k though the ASOS marketplace and delivers 6-5k new products a week. 26m social media followers. As CEO grew sales from £1.2bn to £4bn. Profits grown line to £193m. Appointed CEO in April 2009, when ASOS had 178 people, t/o £165m (20% International (£35m)) delivering PBT £14m, market cap £300m. As CFO t/o grew to £975m (60% Intn) delivering PBT £47m. Appointed Chief Operating Officer for a year, during which t/o grew to £1.2bn.
Luminar: A FTSE 250 Leisure business. Market cap c£400m. Uk’s leading operator of late night venues (>100 units and 6000 people). Transformed in response to challenging market and regulatory conditions. Led 80 people across accounting & finance, tax, treasury, IT, Procurement, IR, property, audit/ business risk, developing strategic capability and improving operational efficiency.
Matalan Retail Limited: A FTSE 250 UK based value retailer with 180 stores, 5.5m soft of retail space, 13000 team members and £1.1bn t/o. Joined when turnover was £590m from 86 stores. led finance through rapid expansion (fastest growing retail business in 1998/99 ) Held increasingly broad and senior change and finance leadership roles, ultimately Executive Director , responsible for a team of 250 people.
KPMG – from trainee to Senior manager in Business transformation, working in Corporate Recovery, Transaction Services and Consultancy.

Nick is also a member of the Retail Sector Council, was a trustee of the ASOS Foundation, Ambassador for the RetailTrust and Advisor to the Anti-Slavery Collective.

Rory Hugill