Lush, Priceline, and The Co-op talk retail leadership

inside retail academyThree new speakers have been added to the lineup for Inside Retail Academy’s Leadership Seminar: Inspiring People & Brands.

Gareth Fowler, national retail manager at The Co-op; Peta Granger, director of Lush; and Steve Arthurson ,GM of people at Priceline; will share their tips for cultivating strong retail teams and relationships at the one-day workshops held in Melbourne and Sydney this October.

Also speaking at the event are Adrian Jones, CEO of retail group APG & Co; Alexie O’Brien, ANZ head for fashion brand Kit and Ace; Elle Roseby, GM of Supré; Kate Mathers from Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership; Nadia Tribuzio, who specialises in retail operations and head office recruitment for Hays; and global consumer trend expert, Kristina Dryža.

Fowler joined The Co-op in 2011 and is accountable for a suite of 60 stores and operational support teams. He has been instrumental in a rapid cultural change journey enabling The Co-op to grow from a text book supplier to Australia’s leading campus retailer. With more than 15 years’ experience as a leader of teams, professionals and managers, coupled with an endless energy and enthusiasm to succeed, Fowler has developed a leadership career through understanding the importance of inspiring, recognising and developing leadership skills in others.

Granger first joined Lush as a 22-year-old sales assistant at the Dublin store, but soon moved into the role of store manager, where she doubled the store’s sales during her three years in the role. She went on to help build Lush globally as part of its international development team, visiting more than 40 countries before becoming responsible for global internal communication. Over the past four years, Granger has lead Lush Australasia to record-breaking sales growth and finished last financial year on 36 per cent like for like sales after an impressive 33 per cent like for like the previous year.

Inspiring People & Brands will take place in Melbourne on October 13 at The Sheraton Melbourne, 27 Little Collins Street, and in Sydney on October 15, at Sydney Sheraton on the Park, 161 Elizabeth Street. Click here for more information

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