Our senior leadership team are experts in their own right – entrepreneurs, analysts, writers, editors, futurists and award-winners.
Trevor Hardy is Chief Executive of The Future Laboratory. He is responsible for the overall growth of the business; diversifying our products and services and creating new partnerships. All to help The Future Laboratory teams to better serve our clients; helping them to be more prepared for the future by connecting with their next generation of consumers, creating and launching new products or re-inventing whole categories.
He advises boards and leadership teams on how a long-term outlook is the best way to protect and grow a business in times of rapid change and uncertainty.
He has always been passionate about helping brands get ready for what’s next. His career spans management consulting and advertising agencies in Canada, USA and the UK, working with many of the world’s leading brands. He has presented to industry conferences and company events around the world on topics ranging from food & drink trends, luxury, future consumers, travel, marketing and technology.
Christopher is co-founder of The Future Laboratory, where he is responsible for delivering the company‘s extensive global roster of conferences, media events and Trend Briefings, which he presents in London, New York, Sydney, Melbourne and around the world.
Clients who have booked one of his inspirational keynotes include luxury group Kering, the European Travel Commission, Retail Week, Selfridges, Marks & Spencer, Chanel, Harrods, Aldo, H&M, General Motors, BBDO, Design Hotels, Condé Nast Media and Omnicom.
Chris presented Channel 4 TV’s five-part series Home of the Future and is a SuperBoard member of The British Fashion Council’s Fashion Trust.
Martin is co-founder of The Future Laboratory and editor-in-chief of LS:N Global. He has written several books, including crEATe, The Tomorrow People, and The Trend Forecaster’s Handbook, the definitive work on trends and trend forecasting.
He moved to the UK from Ireland in 1984, founded VideoGraphic and became an associate editor at Screen International. After editing and relaunching fashion business bible Fashion Weekly he spent four years at the London College of Fashion as a senior lecturer in fashion journalism. He continues to lecture at colleges throughout Britain and Ireland.
He is a regular contributor on trends and business for the BBC, Channel 4 and ITV.
Tom joined The Future Laboratory in 2005. He works with teams at The Future Laboratory to help clients such as Jameson, VF Corporation, Google, UBS, Sony, Shiseido and DFS Group to create a better future.
Tom has been tracking consumer trends for more than 20 years and is passionate about the emotional connection that people feel with the world, and how organisations and governments will resonate more effectively with humans in the future. For the past decade, he has taught fashion textile students at Brighton University how to identify and use trend insights in their designs.
Tom has three children, and enjoys running, drawing dogs and portraits.
Nikki joined The Future Laboratory in 2017. Over 20 years she has gained extensive experience working with leading brands including Apple, Coca-Cola, L’Oréal, Nestlé, Nike, Pernod Ricard and Procter & Gamble.
She applies strategic foresight methodologies to uncover valuable insights to address long-term business challenges and identify strategies that create real value, transformational change and prosperous futures for brands.
Over the past decade, she has focused on supporting clients to be more innovative, identifying opportunities to develop revolutionary products, services, experiences and infrastructures that deliver new value to the overall brand perception and bottom line.
Tim leads The Future Laboratory’s Foresight strategy, which encompasses LS:N Global, branded content solutions, bespoke presentations and client reports. Heading up the products within our Trends Intelligence services, his team of researchers and analysts create work that ensures our clients achieve long-term business success.
With more than 10 years’ experience in senior-level editorial positions, Tim has worked on agenda-setting projects for a range of high-profile brands including Levi’s, Beats by Dre, Universal Music, and Nike. Prior to joining The Future Laboratory, he oversaw music broadcaster Boiler Room’s content expansion, creating programmes that reached more than 5m people, and was editorial director and editor-in-chief of Dazed & Confused and Dazed Digital, where he spearheaded the magazine’s transformation into a sector-defining digital publisher.
Cliff joined The Future Laboratory in 2014, and is responsible for leading the global sales teams, creating new partnerships, and devising and implementing the commercial strategy.
After qualifying in business management, Cliff has forged a career spanning more than 16 years, working for companies such as Dun & Bradstreet and WGSN. He has helped clients such as Coca-Cola, Nike, Vodafone and Amazon to anticipate the future and capitalise on the opportunities presented to them.
He is committed to developing a successful, fun and customer-focused sales team, and sees his work as an escape from the trauma that comes with being a Tottenham Hotspur fan.
Sam joined The Future Laboratory in 2013 as head of finance and became commercial director in 2015. She is responsible for ensuring we are effective and efficient in everything we do, and for devising and implementing the commercial strategy.
Her finance career spans advertising agencies such as Adknowledge, and a concierge company for HNWIs where she was finance director and joint managing director. Sam’s 13 years of finance experience has fuelled her passion for process and she thrives on making businesses the best versions of themselves.
She is fluent in Spanish, dabbled in a professional singing and dancing career, and is a self-confessed numbers geek.
Duncan joined The Future Laboratory in 2015. He is responsible for ensuring financial control and commercial rigour across the business.
After working at a number of advertising agencies, he has spent much of his career working in publishing, specialising in branded magazines and partworks. He has worked in many countries, from the US to Russia and Ukraine.
He loves theatre, cinema and travel. He is a big sports fan, and enjoys a weekly game of five-a-side football. Duncan is a keen hiker, and has completed the 3 Peaks Challenge and the Inca Trail for charity, enjoying the peace that this activity brings from his five children.
Fiona joined The Future Laboratory in 2016 to lead people management and talent acquisition.
Her interest in people management began at Macmillan Publishers where she worked in an administrative capacity. She then pursued a career in people management, and worked in HR roles at several advertising agencies. During this time, she worked with the leadership teams to deliver strategic HR advice while executing all HR processes.
As The Future Laboratory continues to grow, Fiona is committed to sourcing the top talent while ensuring that employees’ professional ambitions are realised. In her spare time, she likes to explore tropical lands, read and run the occasional marathon.
Martin has headed The Future Laboratory’s IT department since he joined the company in 2003. In 2005, he built the company’s first online portal, LifeSigns Network, and later its transition to LS:N Global. He is responsible for the digital strategy that affects all of the company’s business output from LS:N Global to client projects.
He oversees the IT team and is in charge of digital delivery. He is passionate about seamless communication and welcomes how technology makes all our lives easier. Based in Southeast London, he can often be spotted on a Saturday at The Valley, home to Charlton Athletic.