Beth Butterwick has enjoyed a wonderful and varied career in Retail for c. 30 years. Having completed a Fashion & Marketing Degree, she joined Marks & Spencer on their Graduate Training Scheme, where she spent 16 years in the Clothing Division. She joined Gap Inc in 2005 as part of the Senior Management Team responsible for delivering the European Expansion Programme. In 2009 she joined MS Mode BV, part of KKR's Maxeda Group and based in Amsterdam as Commercial Director, playing a key part in its performance improvement prior to its acquisition by Excellent Retail Brands. In 2011 she returned to the UK to take up a role at Bonmarché, the result of which was a successful sale process to Sun Europe LLP private equity. During her 5 years there as CEO, she steered the company through a massive turnaround, including a successful stock market flotation on AIM Listing in November 2013. In September 2016 Beth joined Karen Millen a Global fashion retailer with 400 shops in 65 countries. Owned by Kaupthing bank, she took the business through a turnaround programme, which resulted in a successful sale of KM & Coast to Boohoo in 2019. In 2019 she joined Jigsaw as an Operating Partner advising the major shareholder where she oversaw its ‘digital first’ modernisation programme. In 2021 Beth was appointed Jigsaw CEO to continue acceleration of their exciting 3 Year Global Plan.
In recognition of Beth’s services to the retail industry, she was awarded the Draper’s 2015 Retail Personality of the Year. That same year she was made Barclay’s Businesswoman of the Year in recognition of her dedication and services to Bonmarché a Yorkshire-based business. In November 2017 Beth was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Huddersfield for her services in Retail.
Put simply 'all things retail' is her passion!