Graham Soult is a high-street champion, digital marketing expert, and respected media commentator, who founded the retail consultancy business CannyInsights.com in 2010.
Described on BBC Look North as “the region’s best-known retail expert”, and by ITV as “a North East Mary Portas”, Graham is often named as being among the most influential retail people on Twitter.
He has appeared regularly on TV, on radio, and in the press, including BBC’s The One Show, BBC News, Channel 5, LBC, The Guardian and Retail Week, and is a frequent keynote speaker on retail and high-street issues at conferences and seminars.
A passionate advocate for building strong networks and partnerships, Graham is also the chairman of networking organisation Durham Business Group.
Graham holds a BA (Hons) in Architecture and an MA in Architecture and Town & Regional Planning from the University of Sheffield, and has been a Fellow of the Institute of Place Management (IPM) since 2018.
He also serves as an Expert within the High Streets Task Force, a government initiative, managed by IPM, to support communities and local authorities in England in transforming their high streets and strengthening local place leadership.