Annual Conference speaker


Jacqueline Gold CBE, Chief Executive, Ann Summers and Knickerbox

Jacqueline Gold


Jacqueline Gold CBE is renowned for managing a business run by women, for women. At 21 she started working for her father’s company, Ann Summers and as she learnt more about the Ann Summers of the 1970’s, she saw the potential to change focus and create a business and brand which focused on women and would allow women to browse and shop for lingerie and sex toys in a safe, female friendly environment.

The growth of Ann Summers continued at a fast pace, with demand for party’s and retail stores never relenting. Next on Jacqueline’s agenda was an online store allowing customers a third way to shop with the brand and in 1999 annsummers.com was launched.

The business is now a true multi-channel retailer boasting over £150 million turnover, 140 UK & Ireland stores, 7,000 party planners (holding over 4,000 parties every week!) a thriving online business and partnerships with ASOS, House of Fraser and Shop Direct.