Harper Dennis Hobbs expands its travel retail team


Harper Dennis Hobbs, has appointed Harvey Nichols’ former head of Womenswear, Hazel Catterall, as a director in its Travel Retail team.

Hazel joins the rapidly expanding Travel Retail division to help strengthen the strong reputation the company has developed in the travel retail sector. Hazel’s extensive experience at senior level in retailing spans both travel retail and department store buying and merchandising.

Most recently as Head of Womenswear at Harvey Nichols, she led the multi-million pound refurbishment of the women’s luxury floor which opened in June 2018, and headed up the planning and strategy for the Womenswear offer across eight stores in UK and Ireland.

Previously, as head of fashion and accessories at Heathrow Airport and the former BAA airports for ten years, she was a key member of the senior management team that transformed the traditional retail offer into the world-class retail destination it is today – including the launches of both Heathrow Terminal 5 and Terminal 2.

Hazel said: “I’m delighted to join HDH at such an exciting time for travel retailing globally. It’s a fantastic opportunity to bring together my airports experience and my passion for brands, working to create powerful and compelling strategies with both brands and airports alike.”

Simon Black, who heads up the travel retail division, added: “I am both extremely excited to have Hazel join us. Our travel retail division continues to grow at pace and Hazel’s knowledge and experience of concession environments both in airports and in department stores will be a massive asset to both the retail and airport partners we are working with.  She is a renowned brand expert and thrives on helping brands grow and develop their businesses.”

The Travel Retail division at HDH passionately champions the travel channel by advising a diverse range of over 40 retailers across the globe on the development and implementation of their travel retail strategies. The Travel Retail team’s forward-thinking work with airports and train stations on their commercial strategies covers both food and beverage and retail, and the team has created some of the best travel experiences in the world.

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