Talking Shop

Talking Shop

David Worby

Biggest career break
Having started as a retail trainee at M&S (far too many years ago to remember) there have been a great number of breaks, but I think the one that made the biggest difference to my career was being handed the digital baton by Michael Sharp way back in 2003. He believed in the concept of online retail and had the faith to back my belief in the future, which led to the success that now is Debenhams Direct.

Best career advice
I’ve worked for a number of the ‘original’ retail heavyweights in the 80’s and 90’s, there was never a real shortage of advice, but the one piece that has stuck with me is that communication should be focused, consistent and honest.

What skills do you look for in new recruits
A lot of this depends upon the function and seniority of the role, however most candidates need to show a progressive leadership attitude. If you can find this in someone who operates in a collegiate and collaborate way you may well have the makings of a future star.

Favourite wardrobe item
I’ve worked in fashion for over 20 years this is a tough one, but I’m a sucker for a good pair of shoes and fine knitwear, so anything from John Smedley or Officine Creative is going to keep me very happy.

When I’m not working I like to……
….tinker! I’ve got something of a schoolboy passion for classic cars, so you’ll often find me messing about under the hood of my 1960’s Triumph – or enjoying it out on the open road, just before it breaks down again!