Meet the Judges
Brian joined the Retail NZ Board in 2011 and is currently President, Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Risk Management Committee. Currently the only South Island Board Member he proudly represents the hard working South Island members and is pleased with the additional focus Retail NZ has provided South Island retailers by adding SI based staff, hosting new events and restarting Top Shop in the Otago Region.
With a financial qualification Brian quickly found his way into the retail and service industry and now has over 20 years of experience in a variety of retail businesses from stand-alone shops to chain stores and department stores; city based, regional and rural.
Brian was the General Manager of the iconic Ballantynes Department Store in Christchurch for eight years through to 2013. During this period Ballantynes started its online shop; opened its award winning Contemporary Lounge and enjoyed it’s most successful trading years up until the 2011 earthquake. Following the earthquake Brian was part of the small executive team that worked collaboratively with the family and stakeholders to rebuild and re-establish the Christchurch Department Store and ultimately save the Ballantynes business. An invaluable experience.
Since 2013 Brian has been a member of the Senior Management Team with the Allied Petroleum Group, a New Zealand owned company operating a nation-wide distribution and retail network with over 50 retail sites throughout New Zealand which continues to grow.
Since starting in retail Brian has been aware that the industry is wide, varied and changing significantly and will continue to change, however "Retail is a vibrant and exciting industry to be involved in."
Jonathan Elms knows a thing or two about the retail climate. He studied at Lancaster University and has a BSc (Hons) Marketing, MSc Management and PhD in Marketing.
Jonathan's research sits within the themes of 'Retail Change, Power and Competition' and 'Consumer Behaviour and Choice in a Retail Context'. He has published an extensive range of specialist retailing, general marketing and management material.
His current research projects include a focus on: disadvantaged shoppers and consumer vulnerability, multi-channel brand equity, the role of retail design and architecture in consumers' perceptions of store environments, retail branding, and the international divestment strategies undertaken by retailers.
Jonathon has come to New Zealand after spending seven years at the Institute for Retail Studies (IRS), University of Stirling. He is the Sir Stephen Tindall Chair in Retail Management. As part of this role, Jonathan leads Massey University’s Bachelor of Retail and Business Management, New Zealand's first named retail degree.
Jonathon has an extensive amount of retail industry knowledge at an academic level.
Scott Fisher is Retail NZ's CEO. With a commercial and marketing background across many industries, including retail and membership, Scott leads a professional and committed team that represents and helps retailers in New Zealand.
Retail has been a significant part of Scott's working life, starting part-time after school with a local retailer, working in hospitality, corporate roles in the loyalty rewards sector and also owning a specialty toy shop.
Chanelle Purser, owner of Carvin Streetwear got stuck into retail boots and all; after 13 years in the trade, she has the business battle scars and the awards (National Runner up: Top Shop 2015 and Rural Woman NZ Certificate for emerging enterprising young woman) to prove it! All while dairy farming in West Otago.
Chantelle has now has taken on the role of team leader and Senior account manager at NZME Hokonui- Gore.
JUANITA NEVILLE-TE RITO
An Aussie by birth and Kiwi at heart, Juanita is the founder of retail specialist consultancy, The Retail Collective. Juanita knows retail and knows shoppers. Through her years of experience in the sector she understands shopper journeys and the many touchpoints on the path to her purchase that can make a shopper feel good, bad or indifferent.
Armed with bags full of retail experience and insights, Juanita has held executive management roles for iconic NZ and Australian businesses including Progressive Enterprises (Countdown, Woolworths & Foodtown), Noel Leeming Group, Yum Brands (Pizza Hut, KFC), Warehouse Stationery, Sizzler International and Eagle Boys.
Prior to establishing The Retail Collective in mid-2016, Juanita was CEO of retail agency Hotfoot, where she led the transformation of many brand experiences and the way they communicate with shoppers including Unichem and Life Pharmacy, Wendy's, Liquorland, Palmer Garden and Countdown to name a few.
Juanita's insights and expertise from the wonderful world that is retail have been drawn not just from a twenty-five year career in the industry but also from her personal passion for shopping, to which she applies the same high levels of energy, leadership and intelligence as she does to business.
Not only does she write extensively abut retail through blogs, article and expert opinion pieces, she is a mother of two kiwi children aged 9 and 10 and wife to Kiwi-husband Mark. Her family resides in the beachside village of St Heliers where she tries to be an active member of local community. This ranges from playing netball in the mum's school netball team, coaching netball, basketball and athletics teams and spending time in the local cafe's drinking too much coffee and instagramming about retailers locally #buylocal or worldwide #makingretailhappen. Juanita always, always supports the Kiwi's in every sporting endeavor despite her Aussie citizenship.