Ugandan Foundation project manager, TJX Europe, aged 30
Flexible, able to think on her feet, resilient and prepared to work through change - Helen Gibbs is the kind of young high-flyer that retailers love.
Gibbs joined TJX Europe, owner of TK Maxx, four years ago on its graduate scheme, following a microbiology MPhil and a stint at young fashion indie Clockwork Orange in Belfast.
Gibbs’ potential was recognised when she won an internal fast-track programme called TJXcellence to work on a range of cross-functional projects. This January, Gibbs is spearheading the Ugandan Foundation Project for the business, a pan-European project to raise money to help educate under-privileged children in Uganda. She’ll be sourcing product that is scalable and commercially viable for the stores.
“Every time I’ve had a challenge, I’ve really gone for it. I want to go far in TK and my ambition is to develop through buying fashion to a senior level.”
TJX Europe group president Paul Sweetenham says: “Helen is intelligent and curious by nature and uses these attributes in analytical and pragmatic ways. It is this combination of skills that we think makes her a great retail talent.”