Ian Wallis




An experienced Retail Operations Director with significant business development and restructuring experience. Ian has sat on several Boards and has sound knowledge of the principles of corporate governance, having been part of three company buy-outs. Highly commercial, his most recent Directorship at Phase Eight (a premium womenswear brand) saw the company’s annual turnover more than double, reaching more than £200m.

His strategy development and implementation has included a series of buyouts of additional brands, expansion into global markets and restructuring activities. By developing an extensive network of worldwide contacts and through effective stakeholder management, Ian expanded Phase Eight’s reach, opening stores and concessions in an additional 20+ countries through ‘owned and operated and ‘joint venture’ partnership models.

Ian’s strong negotiation skills have driven increased revenue and profits for all the organisations he has worked for. His transformational leadership style has enabled him to consistently create loyal, motivated and successful workforces. As a firm believer in developing people, he has enacted effective succession planning at all levels up to and including director-level.