An accomplished senior executive with a proven record of entrepreneurial flair having founded, built, and sold two successful businesses in the fashion and licensing/brand sector. Over 20 year’s experience working at a senior level within consumer fashion products, from value to luxury, including production, design, marketing, brand development and licensing. Damian is the International Director of Matalan, and has spearheaded the growth of the UK value retailer into International markets. Damian is also CEO of Select Licensing, a licensing agency specialsing in fashion & lifestyle brands. Damian is also Chairman of the British Retail Charity, the Retail Trust which provides wellbeing services for employees of the UK retail sector.
Matalan, a leading out of town fashion and homeware retailer, operates through 227 stores in the UK, an e-commerce platform and 30 overseas franchise stores.
Matalan was founded in 1985 by John Hargreaves. Its mission is ‘to provide outstanding value for modern families’. Matalan offers a wide range of product from everything for the family to the home. Our ranges offer something for everyone.
Over 30 years later the business is now trading in over 250 stores not only in the UK but also globally, alongside our own ecommerce site. Our first International store opened in 2009 in Jordan. At the heart of the business is the belief that values matter, it is still a family run business that puts the customer first in everything it does, it is real and strives to continually be the best it can be.