Costco/LEAD Network’s Sue Knowles wins 2018 Barclaycard everywoman in Retail Award

Sue Knowles

September 2018 

Marketing/HR Director of Costco Wholesale UK and Chair of the LEAD Network UK Chapter

The LEAD Network is thrilled to announce that Sue Knowles, Marketing/HR Director of Costco Wholesale UK and Chair of the LEAD Network UK Chapter, recently won a prestigious Barclaycard everywoman in Retail Award. This accolade recognizes Sue as a “Leader of Change” for her expertise in identifying and developing talent and bringing out the best in people.  She has created a “Journeys” network at Costco, promoting self-development through mentoring for all employees. Additionally, her work within the “Costco University” training program has helped develop over 3,000 employees.

Sue received the award on September 14, 2018 at the Barclaycard everywoman in Retail Awards in London in the presence of hundreds of business leaders from the UK’s leading retail brands.  The judging panel of industry heavyweights including senior women from Stella McCartney, Burberry, Tesco, Specsavers and Amazon, selected nine inspiration winners who epitomize what makes a retailer in today’s world. The judges handpicked the trailblazers who are redefining retail to be more than the simple exchange of goods and services.

“I am honored to be recognized as a Leader of Change and want to thank all the people and organizations who’ve supported me in my career.  I also want to recognize the other women who were short-listed for all the Awards. Together, we are all role models for bringing out the best in people and are working to change and improve the Retail industry for women,” says Sue Knowles.

In total, nine Awards were given in categories ranging from Entrepreneur Award, Executive Leader Award, Innovator Award and Leader of Change Award (the latter won by Sue Knowles).  The Awards increase awareness of the diverse range of opportunities for women in retail by shining a spotlight on role models and inspiring more women to consider a career in retail.  In the UK, the retail industry employs approximately three million people, and has a predominantly female workforce.

“Our heartfelt congratulations to Sue Knowles for winning this prestigious Award, we are very proud of her accomplishments.  Sue embodies what it is to be a Leader of Change and is inspiring women throughout the UK to achieve their career ambitions through the work she drives for the LEAD Network UK Chapter”, says Sharon Jeske, Executive Director, LEAD Network.

Click here to find out more about the Awards and winners.