Derek Hughes


Derek Hughes is Principal of 180 Degrees, a solution based Retail Consultancy with over 25 years of hands on Retail experience.

Mr Hughes was CEO and founder of Hughes & Hughes, a founding Director of Insomnia Coffee Company and founding Director of the Bord Gais Irish Book Awards.

Mr Hughes holds a Masters Degree in Business and Economics from Trinity College Dublin and a Degree from the Marketing Institute of Ireland. He has also attended Harvard, London Business School and INSEAD (Paris) on Executive Programmes.

He was formally a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and selected as one of Europe’s leading entrepreneurs.

He previously served as a board member and trustee of Retail Excellence Ireland (REI) from 2003 – 2013. He has assisted and advised many leading retailers and on various retail schemes.

Mr Hughes has extensive experience in dealing with both national and international retail property agents on various schemes.