NORA Talent Network

Your NORA membership gives you one-on-one access to your choice of NORA Talent Network mentor for invaluable business coaching, mentoring and development for you and your business.

The NORA Talent Network is our hand-picked group of leaders in their field, NORA’s New Retail ambassadors. They are passionate about the brands they build and drive and see a healthy, dynamic and diverse ecosystem which is New Retail. Most importantly, they are also passionate about sharing and giving back to the ecosystem.

We invite you to find out more about these talented individuals – which one will you pick?

 

 

Wayne Baskin
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER, BOOKTOPIA

Wayne started with Booktopia in 2008, and has evolved from a software developer cutting code and building Booktopia's bespoke website to become one of the key leaders in the business. At Booktopia, Wayne is responsible for all systems, both internal and external and also sits on Booktopia's board. Wayne has been responsible for the development of all aspects of the Booktopia website, the design and development of their custom built warehouse management system and their recently released and ever evolving eBook platform. With the recent acquisition of Angus & Robertson Bookworld Wayne now oversees all technology across both brands and was responsible for the integration of Angus & Robertson Bookworld into Booktopia’s systems. Wayne was recently named as one of Inside Retail and Deloitte’s Top 50 People in E-Commerce and in 2013 was a finalist for the BRW’s Best Rising Star Award.

 


Fi Bendall
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, BENDALLS GROUP

Fi is one of Westpac / AFR's 100 Women of Influence 2015. Described by CEO Magazine as The CEO's Secret Weapon, she is one of Australia’s most respected thought leaders in the digital space. As an expert and pioneer in digital strategy and with over 23 years experience in the digital / tech sector over three continents, Fi has a depth of understanding unique to Australia. Fi has developed key digital strategies in London and New York for large companies such as BBC and Virgin. Today she leads Bendalls Group working with blue chip organisations in Australia from financial services, to retail to FMCG and B2B. She regularly speaks at a wide range of international conferences and is an incumbent specialist speaker to the highly regarded CEO Circle. Fi is an Advisory Board Member of the First 5000 Group, Founder and Board Director of Generosity, and Advisory Board Member of Ausmumpreneurs.

 


Jane Cay
FOUNDER, BIRDSNEST

Jane is the founder of Birdsnest.com.au, a pioneer Australian retail brand, headquartered in rural New South Wales. Prior to that she worked at IBM consulting on e-Business strategies. She has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales in Information Systems. An advocate of the importance of team culture, Jane is passionate about the future of retail in Australia and believes that is at the heart and centre of her organisation. She is particularly excited about the increasingly interesting careers retail is creating and ensuring that the Australian retail workforce continues to flourish.

 


Jeremy Crooks

FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR, GO! GROUP

Jeremy has held a number of roles in digital media since starting in the industry in the mid-90’s during dot.com 1 in the UK; since then he has held Senior Management positions across eCommerce and Advertising including Search, Mobile and Enterprise systems, for internationally recognised companies such as Google where he was Head of Commerce for AUNZ, Yahoo! AUNZ as Head of eCommerce and Criteo as Managing Director AUNZ. Jeremy has also been involved in four start-ups either as an investor, part of the founding team or as an early stage employee. He has been advising companies on their eCommerce and digital media strategies in Australia since 2004.   

 


Robert Hango-Zada
CO-FOUNDER & JOINT CEO, SHIPPIT

Rob leads Shippit's strategy and marketing efforts and brings a common-sense approach to Australian retailing with a passion for customer-driven innovation and simplification. Having spent almost a decade working for the world's leading FMCG businesses (Procter & Gamble, Unilever) across Asia, Rob has vast experience in converting customer insight and analytics into growth driving strategies for retailers such as Woolworths, Coles, Tesco & Priceline and numerous global brands. Rob’s frustration as an online shopper drove him to co-found Shippit to enhance the ‘anticipation' phase in delivery for all recipients on the platform. Now enhancing delivery for such retailers as Harvey Norman, The Academy Brand and Urban Couture, more Australian shoppers are set to benefit from the platform.

 


Nathan Huppatz
CO-FOUNDER, COSTUMES.COM.AU AND READYTOSHIP.COM.AU

Nathan began in online retail back in 1999 moving from corporate eCommerce to private business where he built Tacklemania in 2004 from a small eBay store to a multi-million online business that expanded to a physical retail presence and then was sold in 2010. Nathan is also a NORA Board Member.

 

 

 


Anne Hurley
CEO, JAMES&CO

Anne is a high-profile leader with more than 20 years’ experience in the telecommunications sector and a prominent advocate for harnessing the opportunities of the digital era. Anne brings an eclectic professional background to her current business through which she runs the online retail business she founded and fulfils professional advisory and executive engagements. From a career starting as a lawyer and developing a specialty in competition law and telecommunications law and policy both in Australia and Hong Kong, Anne moved into leadership roles in network engineering and operational support for financial services multinational American Express, and then to CEO of the peak telecommunications industry association Communications Alliance. Being a leader at the forefront of policy development for Australia's broadband future and the NBN, Anne is a passionate supporter of the broadband future as the key enabler to all that the digital opportunities present.


Graham Jackson
CEO, FLUENT RETAIL

Graham Jackson is a veteran executive with more than 23 years’ experience in sales, technology and omni-channel retail. Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer for the Australian technology company, Fluent Retail, he was the Senior Vice President of APJ and China for SAP Hybris, responsible for major growth in the company and market share across the region. He was also previously the Managing Director for Bazaarvoice, and has launched two successful IT businesses in Australia and set up operations for two others. Graham holds a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Kent and is a trusted advisor to many top executives and industry peers.

 


Jason Kencevski
CEO, SPEEDMASTER

A millennial innovator, Jason Kencevski officially took over the Speedmaster reins in 2005, implementing an online business model from nothing in 2003 to become Australia’s number one online reseller of automotive car spare parts by 2006. Strong teamwork and delivery of innovative products led to the opening of the US operation in 2006, growing today to over 75,000sqf and over 40 staff. Currently Speedmaster has offices in Sydney, Los Angeles and Shanghai with over 400 staff, and reaches over 35 countries. Jason is rightly proud of headlines such as: “A Speedmaster item is sold every minute”, "Over five million products shipped worldwide”, “Record-breaking 8-time SEMA Award Winners”. These are just some of the fun facts the Speedmaster team likes to talk about around the water cooler. Jason's main business passions are complexity reduction, becoming a leader, not just an entrepreneur, and bridging the gap from bricks and mortar to online retail.


Peter Knock
SENIOR RETAIL & BUSINESS LEADER

Peter is one of Australia’s Top 50 people in E-commerce and a senior retail and business leader. Peter has been a retailer for most of his working career, in small business as well as working with some of the country’s largest public and privately owned chains such as Myer, Dymocks and Thrifty. In the digital sphere he created Australia’s largest online B2B catering marketplace dealing with many of Australia’s top 1,000 companies. Peter is a founding Director and Board Member of the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals; representing 13 million Australian Co-op and Mutual members. As CEO of The Co-op up to March 2016, his role was to lead the Brand and Cultural and Business Transformation through a significant period of retail industry disruption and change as well as to develop and articulate the strategic direction, vision, purpose and ambition of the business.

 


Anna Lee
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, THE ICONIC

Anna is passionate about growing businesses and is excited about contributing to the future of the retail industry in Australia. She is a valuable 'seat at the table' contributing focused and intelligent financial, commercial and strategic input to executive management teams & boards. Anna has over 20 years' corporate experience in ANZ and APAC having held senior instrumental roles in some of the fastest growing and successful global multinational organisations like Adshel, PwC and prior to her appointment at THE ICONIC was APAC Finance Director for Groupon Inc.  Anna is not your traditional CFO having managed broad remits including Finance, IT, HR, Legal and compliance functions at Finance Director/CFO capacities. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with University of NSW.

 


Nick Molnar
CO-FOUNDER & CEO, AFTERPAY

Nick Molnar has been in the online retail industry for close to 10 years. A born entrepreneur, Nick started selling jewellery at school and quickly created a successful business online. From creating the most successful jewellery store on eBay to launching Australia’s iceonline.com.au (the largest online-only jewellery and watch retailer) it was a matter of time before new ventures were born. Through a combination of retail experience coupled with his time as an Investment Analyst specifically within the technology sector, the idea of “Afterpay” was born. Launched in 2014 Afterpay is a customer-centric payment solution allowing customers to ‘Buy Now, Enjoy Now, and Pay Over Time’ otherwise known as 'reverse layby'. Afterpay is disrupting payments for the better by offering customers choice and convenience, and driving a significant uplift in key metrics for retailers. Afterpay successfully listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in May 2016.


Jonathan Reeve
CONSULTANT

Jonathan consults to retailers on strategy and last-mile fulfilment. Jonathan has worked in retail businesses on three continents for over fifteen years and was part of the team that developed the operating model for Tesco.com, a global pioneer of online grocery retail. Jonathan’s perspective is unusual in that he has both developed retail strategy and led the teams who deliver the service to customers, including managing a large supermarket with its own online operation. Jonathan recently published “Retail's Last Mile: Why Online Shopping Will Exceed Our Wildest Predictions”, a book that explores the disruption of traditional retail by online shopping. Before setting up his own practice, Jonathan held roles with Aussie Farmers Direct, Coles, Tesco, Goldman Sachs and Arkwright Consulting.

 


Michael Rosenbaum
FOUNDER & CEO, SPACER

Since 2015, Michael has been the Founder and CEO of spacer.com.au, Australia’s premier peer-to-peer marketplace for self storage, connecting hosts with renters. Prior to this Michael was the co-founder & Managing Director of DealsDirect, a pioneer in the Australian online retail sector. Mike is a veteran of online retail with over 14 years’ experience across merchandise, marketing & technology. In January 2014 DealsDirect became the first Australian online retailer to list on the ASX, Mnemon Ltd.

 

 

Steve Toth
REGIONAL VP, SALES & MARKETING ANZ, BLACKHAWK NETWORK

Steve has more than 25 years senior executive management experience in combination with extensive retail and franchising exposure. Steve is a qualified NLP practitioner and Life Coach with a passion for business leadership. Steve has been consulting to businesses in retail, Online and the telecommunications industry since 2004 across Australia & New Zealand, with interests as head of business for Airtasker, MD of Startel communications, Director of Venast Investments (a telecommunications consulting company), managing commercial relationships with carrier operators and as a Director of Lymlive Digital Displays, offering innovative digital signage technology to the retail and banking industries.

 


Alistair Venn
MANAGING DIRECTOR, MENULOG

Alistair has lived and worked on five continents during a career that has spanned high tech, mining, manufacturing and e-commerce sectors. Originally an electronic engineer, Alistair held various operations and leadership roles at global organisations such as Siemens and Rolls-Royce Aerospace. Alistair completed an MBA at INSEAD business school in France and Singapore. For the past five years Alistair has lead two of the most successful e-commerce companies in Australia. In his 4 years at Groupon, he transformed a disjointed team, processes and product to create world leading e-commerce marketplace with best in class merchant, customer and employee satisfaction and retention. He has recently taken the reigns of Menulog, one of Australia's largest ever tech acquisitions, with a mandate to transform the team, processes and technology to further accelerate the meteoric rise of the online food delivery company. Alistair prides himself in delivering dollar growth, not just percentage growth by providing the vision, innovation, leadership and execution to create businesses that grow at scale and deliver substantial returns for their investors.