As the CEO and Founder of GDR Creative Intelligence, Kate Ancketill is no stranger to innovative thinking. Kate is a business futurist with a retail, consumer, brand, hospitality and technology specialisation, making complex societal shifts and emerging technologies relatable for any audience.
In eye-opening, informative and inspirational multi-media presentations, Kate Ancketill is a business futurist with a retail, consumer, brand, hospitality and technology specialisation, making complex societal shifts and emerging technologies relatable for any audience.
In 2000, Kate founded GDR Creative Intelligence, a London and New York based retail trend consultancy, delivering the insight that unlocks and empowers innovation. She works with researchers, insight professionals and consultants to generate highly curated storylines on innovation within global retail and hospitality, with a short to medium-term focus.
As the CEO and founder of GDR Creative Intelligence, Kate Ancketill has accrued more than 21 years of experience in trends affecting business sectors and consumer behaviour, sharing her visionary insights around the world.
She is the innovation partner to around 30 of the world’s largest consumer brands, supplying market leading consultancy and professional speaking to P&G, Tesco, Waitrose, Target, Sephora, Microsoft and Google.
Hghly regarded, dynamic and commercial, Kate has won the Jennifer d’Abo Memorial Scholarship for female entrepreneurs and been selected as one of the UK’s top 100 in the Courvoisier Future 500.
Kate has considerable experience in live TV, radio, podcasts, events and print. She has worked extensively with media organisations of all sizes, from national broadcasters to specialised trade publications.
In 2017, she was the keynote speaker on trends at the world’s largest retail conference, the National Retail Federation in January 2017 in New York. She presented for 45 minutes in front of 1,000 people on two consecutive days. Of 300 speakers, Kate’s presentation was selected by Stores, the NRF’s in-house newspaper as being in the top four highlights alongside Richard Branson.
Her expertise and skills are highly regarded globally and she is the trends keynote speaker for the world’s largest retail organization, the National Retail Federation in the US.
Beyond her role as a leading consultant and thought leader within retail, Kate and her team of experts at GDR are seasoned, trusted media contributors and ghost-writers for global brands.