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 like, 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.