Retail NZ Annual General Meeting 2017

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Members of Retail NZ are invited to attend the 29th Annual General Meeting of Retail NZ Incorporated. This will be held at:

Date: Wednesday 23 August 2017
Time: 5.00pm
Venue: Service IQ, Level 14, Plimmer Towers, 2-6 Gilmer Terrace, Wellington
Chair: Brian Lamont


  1. Welcome and introductions
  2. Apologies and proxies
  3. Minutes of the last AGM
  4. Report on the last year and financial statements
  5. Election of directors
  6. Appointment of auditor
  7. Changes to the Rules
  8. General Business
  9. Results of election
  10. Close of meeting

Retail NZ Rules

Retail NZ is an incorporated society, and you can read its current rules here

The Board wants Retail NZ to be a modern and progressive organisation, is proposing changes to the current Rules to permit electronic voting and the use of technology to allow members to attend AGMs over the Internet. These proposals will be discussed, and voted on at the 2017 AGM. The 2017 AGM will be held in accordance with the current rules.

Elections to the Board

As a member organisation, Retail NZ is governed by a Board of Directors elected by its members - and the 2017 AGM will elect four positions on the Board.

Five candidates have been nominated for election, read more about them below:

Board Nominee Biographies

Steve Bayliss

Steve joined Foodstuffs New Zealand in 2012 in the role of Group General Manager Marketing. In this role Steve is charged with building a strong cross-company overlay for the Groups marketing strategy; building group wide capability, adding impact to national programs and strategies, and driving change and innovation. Since establishing Foodstuffs NZ as an operating entity it has also taken on other Group-wide areas of responsibility including Acquiring and Acceptance, as well as Foodies Kitchen.

Steve is also currently serving as a Director on several Boards including Retail New Zealand, Loyalty New Zealand, and ASX Listed Martin Aircraft Company - the makers of the World’s first practical Jetpack.

Prior to joining Foodstuffs Steve’s previous corporate role was General Manager Marketing for Air New Zealand.

Steve has lived and worked in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States.

Steve is a regular speaker and advisor to a wide range of organisations on business strategy, marketing, and branded cultural change.

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I joined the Retail NZ Board in 2011 and currently I'm the only South Island Director on the Board, so I proudly represent the South Island members.

Since 2012 I have been Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Risk Management Committee. In 2015 I became President of Retail NZ. Over the last 2 years Board and Management have focused on improving the value proposition of membership and improving the financial stability of Retail NZ. We have had success in both areas by stopping the membership decline and recording a surplus for the first time in 4 years...we all know this turnaround must continue.

Throughout my working life I have enjoyed the challenge of working in the retail and service industries and I have been fortunate to gain experience across a variety of retail businesses from stand-alone shops to chain stores and department stores; city based, regional and rural. I was the General Manager of the Ballantynes Department Store in Christchurch for 8 years through to 2013. During this period Ballantynes started its online shop; and enjoyed it's most successful trading years up until the 2011 earthquake. I am currently in the management team of the Allied Petroleum Group, a New Zealand owned company operating a nation-wide distribution and retail network with over 100 retail sites throughout New Zealand.

Retail NZ has gone through significant change over the last 3 years to become more relevant and focused on supporting the needs of today's members however as change in retail is constant there is so much more to we need to do to support our hard working members who make our retail industry successful, vibrant and exciting.

Duncan Mc Ghie

Duncan has been a Director on the Board of Retail New Zealand since August 2013 and currently stands as part of the Audit and Risk Committee. Duncan has been a leader in the NZ retail market for over 35 years. His cross-functional experience has broadened across many channels of the industry including fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), mass merchant, and home improvement.

Duncan is currently a member of the Mitre 10 Executive team. He joined Mitre 10 in January 2007 as GM Merchandise, and after amalgamating the Merchandise, Supply Chain, Wholesale Company, and Business Efficiency teams, he moved into the role of GM, Source to Shelf. During this time, Duncan has spearheaded strategic initiatives including restructuring and developing a successful leadership team, opening a Global Sourcing Office in Shanghai, improving business processes and increasing member profitability.

Prior to Mitre 10, Duncan joined Foodland's Australia Ltd (FAL)/Progressive Enterprises Ltd as their Australasian Divisional Manager - General Merchandise, when FAL was the third largest supermarket chain in Australasia. While here, Duncan implemented a new General Merchandise strategy, oversaw the entire range and offer, managed the sourcing of product for over 250 corporate, cooperative, franchise and service stations brands, and was ultimately responsible for the strategic direction of General Merchandise throughout all FAL stores in both Australia and New Zealand.

Duncan began his career in the retail industry back with L.D Nathan Ltd. His management career steadily progressed when he joined The Warehouse Ltd as an Executive Leadership team member, National Merchandise Manager.

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My name is Shane Nottage I am 55 and I have been a retailer and member of Retail NZ all my working life, at 17 I started as a part-time service station attendant with BP working my way to full time, assistant manager, manager and my own BP station at 26 (with my wife). Over this time I saw many changes in this industry from deregulation, fuel price crisis with the Gulf War, reduced margins and oil company price/margin control. After 12 years and a buyback from BP we bought 2 businesses, a Magazine Lotto Kodak business and a Telecom/ Audio business.

After losing my wife to cancer I sold the magazine and audio businesses and concentrated on the Telecom Franchise (Now Spark). I employ 14 staff and I have faced many challenges in this competitive market, I have been extremely successful in this industry for the last 16 years and this year being a Retail NZ Top Shop finalist in the "Investment in People" category. I am currently going through a buyback with Spark NZ (The recent announcement to buyback all independent Spark consumer stores).

Over my life I have spent 9 years on the Board of Trustees for St Anne's School in Wanganui and the board that integrated Sacred Heart College & St Augustine's College into the merged Co-Ed Cullinane College. I was also on the BP dealer channel board. I am passionate about people and retail and welcome representing you..

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A qualified accountant and law degree holder. Sam has extensive retail experience in the UK through the Sainsbury's Group. He has senior leadership retail experience across Marketing, Merchandise, Finance & Supply Chain. His NZ experience includes Whitcoulls, Borders, Life Pharmacy and The Warehouse Group. Presently the Chief Executive Office of the Paper Plus Group, a co-operative organisation that encounters many of the challenges facing small business whilst operating as a mid-tier retailer with a national focus. Board director of New Zealand Booksellers Association. Board director, United Sourcing Group, a joint venture partner. A member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand who has successfully completed the Company Directors Course (CDC).