Ben Barnett

Ben Barnett is an investor and advisor within retail and retail technology, chairing the European SaaS OMS leader OneStock, ethical fashion group Celtic & Co, and the cross-border retail platform Refined Networks.

Following a career in Investment Banking and Private Equity, Mr. Barnett joined the Board of Phase Eight as CFO, supporting the team through the successful MBO with Towerbrook in 2011. After a period of strong growth in UK sales and profitability, he took on the role of CEO in 2014, driving Phase Eight’s expansion into international markets, as well as developing the brand’s DTC and global online marketplace strategy. On the back of a strong growth trajectory, Mr. Barnett led the business through the £238 million exit to South African listed retailer TFG in 2015. Having completed the brand integration, Mr. Barnett led the transformational acquisitions of the premium womenswear brands Whistles and Hobbs to create the TFG London portfolio. Since stepping back in June 2021, Ben has taken direct investment and advisory roles within retail and retail technology, together with advising the global media localisation business VSI.