Sydney Advisory Panel
Mark Boyd – Group Risk Manager, Glue Group
Mark has global experience in all aspects of Loss Prevention and Risk starting in the UK with HMV, Virgin Megastores & BHS through to TK Maxx and big box retails such as House of Fraser and Toys R Us and finally River Island before moving to Kuwait and managing the Loss Prevention function for the entire Northern Gulf consisting of Kuwait, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon & Cyprus responsible for over 50 different brands & 600 stores for Alshaya the region’s biggest franchise retailer. Mark relocated to New Zealand to take up a senior Loss Prevention role for The Warehouse Group the country’s largest retailer to support them reduce a significant Shrink result. Mark then became the Group Risk Manager for Next Athleisure a retail fashion group consisting of Glue Store, JD Sports Fashion & Trend Imports based in Sydney Australia, he is responsible for the overall Risk Strategy, including Business Continuity, Shrink Control and Audit.
Josh Gatt – Group Risk Manager, Forever New Clothing
Josh is currently the Group Risk Manager at Forever New Clothing, a market leader in women’s fashion with over 250 stores in both Australia and New Zealand and throughout the world. He has over 13 years’ experience in the retail sector, with a special focus on retail operations and loss prevention, during which time he has developed a preferred approach of pro-active and direct engagement & coaching teams.
Currently Josh’s focus at Forever New is elevating the traditional Loss Prevention function to develop with key business stakeholders, an all-encompassing and strategically focussed Enterprise Risk Management program.
Josh has a passion for the niche Retail Risk industry and is on the steering committee for the Profit Protection Future Forum, which aims to grow the industry through awareness & thought leadership.
Mushtaque Rahamat – International Supply Chain and e-Commerce Loss Prevention specialist and co-founder of www.compare2ship.com
Mushtaque is a Certified Supply Chain Manager (CSCM) from ISCEA, USA and CSCP (APICS trained) with almost twenty years of progressive accomplishment of leading Supply Chain and logistics management of multinational and start-up companies of Fashion, Retail and construction material. Formerly Head of Supply Chain at Basicxx Middle East, Dubai, Mushtaque has recently relocated to Adelaide, Australia and is co-founder of the Middle East’s first logistics’ aggregator portal called www.compare2ship.com
Elisa Browning, Commercial Risk Specialist, The Cotton On Group
Elisa has been a part of the industry for over 22 years working for companies such as Myer, David Jones and Cotton On Group in the areas of loss prevention and risk compliance with great success.
Elisa is currently a Commercial Risk Specialist for The Cotton On Group based in Melbourne. During her ten year tenure with the Group Elisa has covered many areas including stocktake, loss prevention, auditing, ecommerce, banking and fraud analysis globally. The Cotton On Group covers 7 brands including Cotton On, Supre, Factorie and Typo across 19 countries.
Elisa’s focus is training Retail Risk Partners to become successful investigators, study and analysis of precursor fraud to eliminate internal investigations and broadening her horizons into corporate investigations.
Steve Schenk – Business Development Manager – Inventory Specialist, Johnson Controls (ANZ)
Steve Schenk is Business Development Manager – Inventory Specialist for Tyco Retail Solutions Australia New Zealand (ANZ). In his role, Steve has helped position the Tyco Retail Solutions Inventory platform, TrueVUE, to be the market leader in the adoption and implementation of RFID applications for retailers in ANZ.
Steve has spent over 25 years in the apparel industry spanning sales, design, production, sourcing, supply chain and import and distribution. More recently he has dedicated the better part of the last decade advocating for RFID, data accuracy and the Internet of Things to drive brick and mortar and Omni channel operational, sales and cost savings benefits for retailers locally and globally.
His expertise across the scope of retail operations is derived from working for and with organisations such as Inditex Zara, Paul Smith, NBA, MLB, PAS Group and Checkpoint Systems. He is highly regarded in the industry and has delivered numerous key notes on the benefits of RFID in retail and supply chain. Steve lives in Melbourne with his wife and 2 children.
Robert Evans – Senior Manager APP SE Asia, Burberry
Paul Fleet – National Operations Profit and Loss Manager, Coles
Paul Fleet is National Operations Profit and Loss Manager, Coles. Previously he was the National Investigations Manager for Woolworths Food Group. During his time with Woolworths, Paul has also overseen the Profit Protection function for a number of years as Head of Profit Protection as well as previously managing Asset Investigations teams across a number of States in the Woolworths Group.
Before joining Woolworths, Paul was in the Queensland Police Service, working across a number of roles in both metropolitan and rural areas.
Paul has studied of note a Bachelor of Laws and is currently completing a Masters and Bachelor of HR.
Victoria Burge-Thomas – National Fraud & Security Manager , Profit Protection, Target
Victoria has been a part of the industry for over 15 years and is currently the National Fraud & Security Manager for Target Australia. During her tenure with Target, Victoria has covered many areas including security (hardware and personnel), e-commerce fraud, risk mitigation, fraud analytics, risk reviews and threatening situations training including gaining anti-terrorism specialist certification.
Victoria has a passion for the Loss Prevention industry and her focus is to build knowledge and confidence in the risk environment as well as e-commerce fraud sphere.
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