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Alan Wragg

Alan Wragg
Category Technical Director for Tesco

Alison Horner

Alison Horner
Chief People Officer

Amanda Sankey

Amanda Sankey
Product Development Manager

Andrew Boyle

Andrew Boyle
Development Project Manager

Andrew Yaxley

Andrew Yaxley
CEO Ireland

Angela Porter

Angela Porter
Head of Brand Advertising

Anuradha Chandra

Anuradha Chandra
Programme Specialist, UNICEF UK

Barbara Young

Barbara Young
Chief Executive, Diabetes UK

Beatrice Forrester

Beatrice Forrester
Trainee Buyer

Benny Higgins

Benny Higgins
CEO Tesco Bank and Group Strategy Director

Carmel McConnell

Carmel McConnell
Magic Breakfast Founder

Chris Monticolombi and Taiwo Omisore

Chris Monticolombi and Taiwo Omisore
Members of our Young People’s Panel

Dan Jago

Dan Jago
Group Wine Director

Georg Fischer

Georg Fischer
CEO Tesco Malaysia

Hannah Cornick

Hannah Cornick
Head of Opportunities for Young People

Helen Dwyer

Helen Dwyer
Buying Manager

James Stephen

James Stephen
Aberdeenshire TSDG dairy farmer and Committee Chairman

Jill Easterbrook

Jill Easterbrook
Group Business Transformation Director

John Christie

John Christie
CEO Tesco Lotus

Judith Nelson

Judith Nelson
UK Personnel Director

Karen Tonks

Karen Tonks
Tesco Company Nutritionist

Kelcey Hwang

Kelcey Hwang
Team Leader - Corporate Social Responsibility Team of Tesco Homeplus

Kevin Doherty OBE

Kevin Doherty OBE
Project Director Group Processes

Laura Carter

Laura Carter
Service Manager, Manchester Metro

Laura Jewell

Laura Jewell
Product Development Manager

Linda Cregan

Linda Cregan
CEO, Children’s Food Trust

Lindsay Boswell

Lindsay Boswell
CEO FareShare

Luke Hickton

Luke Hickton
Innovation Team

Mark Little

Mark Little
Head of Food Waste Reduction

Martina Milburn CBE

Martina Milburn CBE
CEO of The Prince’s Trust

Michael Fallon

Michael Fallon
Defence Secretary

Mike Baess

Mike Baess
Tesco Food Writer

Mike McNamara

Mike McNamara
Chief Information Officer

Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg
Leader of the Liberal Democrats and Deputy Prime Minister

Paul Jones

Paul Jones
Head of Design

Paul Morris

Paul Morris
Customer Communications Director, UK Marketing

Paul Ritchie

Paul Ritchie
CEO Tesco China

Paul Wilkinson

Paul Wilkinson
Head of Technology Research at Tesco Labs

Pornpen Nartpiriyarat

Pornpen Nartpiriyarat
Head of Trading Law and Technical, Tesco Lotus

Rachel Bushby

Rachel Bushby
Early Careers Programme Manager

Raymond Blanc

Raymond Blanc
Chef

Rebecca Shelley

Rebecca Shelley
Group Communications Director

Robert Folly

Robert Folly
Store Manager

Robin Terrell

Robin Terrell
Chief Customer Officer

Sarah Mackie

Sarah Mackie
Head of Local Sourcing

Simon Belsham

Simon Belsham
Managing Director, Grocery Home Shopping, Dotcom

Simon Hay

Simon Hay
Chief Executive - dunnhumby

Tom Hind

Tom Hind
Group Agriculture Director

Tracey Clements

Tracey Clements
Community & Customer Experience Director

Trevor Masters

Trevor Masters
CEO International

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Mike McNamara

Mike McNamara

Chief Information Officer

@mikemacn

I joined Tesco in 1998 and I have held a number of roles in IT and Operations Development.

If I had to describe myself in 140 characters, I’d say I am… lucky - I have wonderful family and a great job.  My kids call me a nerd because of my eclectic range of interests (history, astronomy, technology, wine)

The three things that drive me are… curiosity, wanting to do some good, working with great people

My guilty pleasure is… wine (it’s not so guilty really)

The world is changing at an incredible pace. It took over 12 years for TV to reach 50m people, but a successful app can now do it in a matter of days. hudl springs to mind –in three days, it was the fastest selling tablet launch we have ever seen at Tesco.

 

Many readers will need no introduction to the NRF Big Show, the annual gathering of the retail technology world which takes place in New York every January. Having attended for a decade, I consider myself something of an NRF veteran – as Tesco Chief Information Officer, it’s an invaluable way to meet all my suppliers in the space of two days, and this year’s show felt to me like the biggest and busiest yet.

 

The Innovation Team at Tesco never stops thinking about how we can use technology to help our colleagues and customers. When the right technology is applied in the right way, it can change the way we work and the way we shop - it wasn’t so long ago that our colleagues were punching prices into tills and using pricing guns to label every product. Today we scan barcodes, making the checkout process much faster and saving customer’s precious time.

 

In the video above I take you on a behind the scenes look at some exciting digital innovations that were on show at the recent Tesco Company Conference. Check out the new virtual changing room, the giant 80 inch touch screen catalogue and our new take on store merchandising.

 

One of the great things about my job is that I get to work with lots of creative people to figure out how we can use technology to make shopping trips of the future easier, quicker and more enjoyable. Watch this video to see some of the exciting innovations we've been brainstorming in our labs such as interactive screens and micro home delivery.

 

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Meet our contributors

Alan Wragg
Alison Horner
Amanda Sankey
Andrew Boyle
Andrew Yaxley
Angela Porter
Anuradha Chandra
Barbara Young
Beatrice Forrester
Benny Higgins
Carmel McConnell
Chris Monticolombi and Taiwo Omisore
Georg Fischer
Hannah Cornick
Helen Dwyer
James Stephen
Jill Easterbrook
John Christie
Judith Nelson
Karen Tonks
Kelcey Hwang
Kevin Doherty OBE
Laura Carter
Linda Cregan
Lindsay Boswell
Luke Hickton
Mark Little
Martina Milburn CBE
Michael Fallon
Mike Baess
Mike McNamara
Nick Clegg
Paul Jones
Paul Morris
Paul Ritchie
Paul Wilkinson
Pornpen Nartpiriyarat
Rachel Bushby
Raymond Blanc
Rebecca Shelley
Robert Folly
Robin Terrell
Sarah Mackie
Simon Belsham
Simon Hay
Tom Hind
Tracey Clements
Trevor Masters