TEC Chair: Small Business Program
My career in business has provided me with vast experience as a senior manager, working with just three iconic businesses in this time, commencing as General Manager for the Betts footwear group in Australia, then General Manager Operations for Hannahs New Zealand and as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the New Zealand publicly listed apparel group: Postie Plus Group Ltd.
In each of the three family businesses, I was given the responsibility of implementing successful and sustainable growth plans, requiring me to live in most capital cities of Australia and New Zealand for a period of time; as a result, I have an extensive knowledge of both countries.
My most recent corporate role as CEO of PPGL provided immense satisfaction and growth; I resigned from this role in July 2012 and remained through to January 2013 to oversee the successful relocation of the head office in Auckland. The knowledge that I gained as the company’s leader allows me to provide greater cut through on strategic issues in support of the CEO.
I now consult to SME’s in the retail sector. The primary purpose for me to embrace consulting was to ensure that I remained in touch with the New Zealand retail industry and to provide a difference to selected businesses by working alongside owners and senior management. I enjoy understanding new businesses’ issues and providing solutions for a sustainable outcome.
As a consultant, my preference is to work closely with businesses to ensure that the agreed plans are seen through to their adoption and implementation by all sectors of management.
My mission is to implement business plans based on and around: