"I am on a mission to inspire, develop & retain talented people within the Retail Industry."

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Founder & Owner of The International Retail Academy

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The International Retail Academy (TIRA) was set up in 2020 to help retail professionals grow from Managers to Legendary Leaders and become the most happiest and productive teams on the planet!

Ok, a bold statement, sure. But my mantra: why not?

Instead of sitting around wishing and wanting for something to happen - let's go ahead and actually do it. I am a product of my own teachings and I'm so happy to meet you here. 

I believe that retail is a gigantic hub of connection - bringing people and technology together to attract consumers to buy into your PHYGITAL spaces! (Coined that word, I personally love it)!

We all saw how the pandemic accelerated online growth and, at the same, quickened the pace of major global brand demise on the high-street.

The future of physical retail is hanging on a knife edge - it is upto leaders to drive innovation, hire and retain the best talent and more importantly, give consumers a reason to come in - and, a reason to come back!

TIRA offers a range of services that cater for individuals at all stages of their Retail career, and for Retail businesses.

  • An intimate 1:1 career game-changer service that gets you ready for the next level in your career and helps with your executive presence and influence to attract more opportunities 

  • Retail Consulting. Everything from leadership to in-store team structure, all store operations and customer journey

  • Retail Coaching. Kayleigh will work shoulder to shoulder with your teams to coach through trust building with customers, confidence in selling high-ticket, problem-solving, resilience and more. Day Rate £650

  • Retail Training. Kayleigh delivers impactful retail training through signature workshops, curated from her 20 years experience in the industry - to give teams the confidence they need within their roles to convert more clients into more sales. Prices start at £350 per head

  • Motivational speaker. Topics include mindset, resilience, breaking through confidence barriers and personal branding

The International Retail Academy actively champions Retail careers; promoting the positives of working within retail and highlighting the incredible opportunities that people can have within the sector.

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The Happiest Retailer on the Planet!

Hi I'm Kayleigh! An international leader and coach in all things retail.

I have worked on the sales floors of fast-paced lifestyle and premium brands progressed to lead multi-cultural, diverse teams in my operational leadership role across the Middle East and most recently served as a Franchise Retail Leader from an office role in Europe.

Having 20 years of real ground experience into large format multi-site leadership, I have a holistic view of retail and know first-hand how to understand people, roles and responsibilities to unleash the greatest potential of individuals and teams.

From store doors to corporate floors - I love the world of retail and the people who drive it!

Brands I have worked with:

River Island

Diesel

New Look

Desigual

American Eagle Outfitters (Franchise)

Aerie (Franchise)

Folli Follie

Guess

New Balance

Under Armour (Franchise)

Gap

Tommy Hilfiger

Calvin Klein

Rituals

I am a Mum, Wife, Wellness and Fitness enthusiast, I was an amateur competitive bodybuilder 'back in the day' and placed 7th in the UK!

Originally from the UK, I currently live in The Netherlands but serve clients across the globe.

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Podcast Guest. Retail Success!

Kayleigh was a guest on BEYOND THE COMPLEX Podcast, March 2022.

During this session, Kayleigh explored retail success through people, shopfloor engagement and how to effectively grow talent into dynamic, agile leaders of the future.

The Spotify Link to listen is here

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Main Stage Speaker at Susa Summit

Speaking at this years online SUSA Summit, taking place October 12th-15th on the Hopin platform.

80+ sessions, 20+ workshops, unlimited networking and expos, over 60 hours of special programming #futureproofAfrica

More than 3,000 delegates enjoyed a truly immersive experience for the 2nd year running. Kayleigh is hoping to speak at the summit live, face-to-face once restrictions lift again.

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Co - Author of Women Who Inspire

Women Who Inspire is a book featuring powerful female leaders across the globe. In my chapter I wanted others to be inspired by my journey and how I have overcome adversity through strength and mindset, leading to a successful and fulfilling life.

My chapter was named Embracing Discomfort.

The book is published across the UK, Middle East and Australia and available on Amazon

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"In Discussion With..." Speaker

"The Discussion with..." event was delivered to 50 people on EventBrite. Through this amazing opportunity I was able to help people, who were either looking to develop in their career or had been impact by the pandemic, get practical advice to get their next role. 

During the event we discussed the construction of a stand out application, and explored interview etiquette that would leave a positive and long-lasting impression on their future employer.

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Positivity Summit Speaker 2021

The Positivity Summit is a global event founded and created by Cornell Thomas, the original Positivity guy and incredible thought leader.

I was invited to speak about the journey of adversity and how we can overcome challenges. I spoke about my corporate role loss and the decisions that followed - decide out of desperation to get another job, or decide out of inspiration to start my business! Well, here I am!

Founding Faculty Member of  The Real School

I am incredibly honoured to be a founding faculty member of The Real School. I have already had the opportunity to deliver several lessons to their attendees and I will continue delivering lessons once a month.  

What the attendees said:

"The most energising session I've ever been to."

"I really needed this. I've learnt so much in this hour."

"The Energy and delivery was incredibly engaging."

A MENA Speaker

A regular speaker for Middle East North Africa regions. Delivered a speak to a US Company on Mental Health & Stress Management.

As Seen In

Women Who Inspire - Published Book

The Telegraph - UK National Newspaper

Womens Own - UK Print Magazine

One Staff - Guest Blog

Beyond The Complex - Podcast Guest