The Australian Fraud Awards 2018 – meet our judges

Robert Evans – Senior Manager APP SE Asia, Burberry

Robert started in Loss Prevention at a young age in the UK with department store BHS before moving to American retailer Gap where for 5 years he worked across high profile stores such as High St Kensington and Oxford Street. After moving to Australia he took up the role of Loss Prevention manager for David Jones in Bourke St, Melbourne, overseeing a long period of refurbishment. He has now been at Burberry for over 7 years starting as APP manager for Australia. Now, as a Senior Manager he oversees Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Korea and Japan where he is responsible for managing the shrinkage of approximately 140 retail outlets in the luxury market as well overseeing a holistic approach to all security matters. This includes implementing the strategies, required security systems and controls across retail, corporate offices and supply chain.

Robert Evans – Senior Manager APP SE Asia, Burberry

Robert started in Loss Prevention at a young age in the UK with department store BHS before moving to American retailer Gap where for 5 years he worked across high profile stores such as High St Kensington and Oxford Street. After moving to Australia he took up the role of Loss Prevention manager for David Jones in Bourke St, Melbourne, overseeing a long period of refurbishment. He has now been at Burberry for over 7 years starting as APP manager for Australia. Now, as a Senior Manager he oversees Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Korea and Japan where he is responsible for managing the shrinkage of approximately 140 retail outlets in the luxury market as well overseeing a holistic approach to all security matters. This includes implementing the strategies, required security systems and controls across retail, corporate offices and supply chain.
Doug’s unique approach and well-articulated methodology is shaped by his diverse range of experience, valued mentors and formal qualifications in retail operations, marketing and outdoor recreation. Doug is a highly regarded professional and avid retail futurist. In recent years, Doug has focussed his career on emerging retail technology, process improvement and leveraging data.

Doug is an advocate for networking, mentoring and retailing in QLD.

Tara Connolly – Group Loss Prevention Manager, The Just Group

With 24 years experience in the Loss Prevention and Risk Management Industry, Tara Connolly has developed skills in Trend Analysis, Retail, District Management, Store Management, and Multi-Channel Retail. She has experience in Department Stores, Discount Retailing and for the last 16 years has been the Group Loss Prevention Manager for The Just Group. A leading Australasian fashion and apparel group with seven iconic brands comprising of Just Jeans, Jay Jays, Jacqui-E, Peter Alexander, Portmans, Dotti and Smiggle that expands into several international markets. Tara is a strong operations professional with a Diploma in Fraud Management and Security Studies from University of Western Sydney.

Tara Connolly – Group Loss Prevention Manager, The Just Group

With 24 years experience in the Loss Prevention and Risk Management Industry, Tara Connolly has developed skills in Trend Analysis, Retail, District Management, Store Management, and Multi-Channel Retail. She has experience in Department Stores, Discount Retailing and for the last 16 years has been the Group Loss Prevention Manager for The Just Group. A leading Australasian fashion and apparel group with seven iconic brands comprising of Just Jeans, Jay Jays, Jacqui-E, Peter Alexander, Portmans, Dotti and Smiggle that expands into several international markets. Tara is a strong operations professional with a Diploma in Fraud Management and Security Studies from University of Western Sydney.

Marc Sirianni – Group Loss Prevention Manager, Accent Group Limited

Marc is a Risk Management professional specialising in Loss Prevention and Profit Protection. He has 20 years retail experience, accompanied by a background in Investigations, Finance, Banking and insurance.

Marc is currently the Group Loss Prevention Manager at Accent Group Limited, Marc is across both the retail and wholesale side of the business responsible for inventory control, shrinkage, traditional loss prevention and risk management functions across all areas of the business (Retail Operations, Supply Chain, Finance, e Commerce and I.T)

Marc has assisted businesses from small operators to large multi nationals to identify, mitigate and eventually eliminate losses that would have otherwise gone unnoticed.

The largest opportunity in any retailer is Visibility – “if you can’t see it you can’t fix it”. By applying methods encompassing Risk Management principles and applying those to the realm of traditional Loss Prevention Marc has proven success in being able to reduce shrink, increasing profitability while driving compliance through operational excellence.

Marc Sirianni – Group Loss Prevention Manager, Accent Group Limited

Marc is a Risk Management professional specialising in Loss Prevention and Profit Protection. He has 20 years retail experience, accompanied by a background in Investigations, Finance, Banking and insurance.

Marc is currently the Group Loss Prevention Manager at Accent Group Limited, Marc is across both the retail and wholesale side of the business responsible for inventory control, shrinkage, traditional loss prevention and risk management functions across all areas of the business (Retail Operations, Supply Chain, Finance, e Commerce and I.T)

Marc has assisted businesses from small operators to large multi nationals to identify, mitigate and eventually eliminate losses that would have otherwise gone unnoticed.

The largest opportunity in any retailer is Visibility – “if you can’t see it you can’t fix it”. By applying methods encompassing Risk Management principles and applying those to the realm of traditional Loss Prevention Marc has proven success in being able to reduce shrink, increasing profitability while driving compliance through operational excellence.

Paul Fleet – National Investigations Manager, Woolworths Food Group

Paul Fleet is 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.

Paul Fleet – National Investigations Manager, Woolworths Food Group

Paul Fleet is 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.

Mark Boyd – Head of Profit Protection, Next Athleisure

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.

Mark Boyd – Head of Profit Protection, Next Athleisure

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.

Colin Stewart – Director of Asset Protection, Abercrombie and Fitch

Colin Stewart is the Director of Asset Protection at Abercrombie and Fitch, with responsibility for fifteen Countries in Europe and the Middle East. Colin has oversight over loss prevention, investigations, business continuity and crisis management programs within these markets.

Prior to joining Abercrombie, Colin worked in various security and investigations management roles. Before what you could call modern-day loss prevention existed, he had an opportunity to work with some of the best around on the investigative end of the industry. As Colin mentions, “stomping the sales floors of Oxford Street in the late nineties, before many of the major malls existed exposed me to a range of crime you were unlikely to see anywhere else in Europe at that time”. “Whilst those years were spent on the less strategic, reactive end of the industry, they were tones of fun and gave me an awareness education like no other”. Colin managed the investigative arm of Proact Security Group servicing H&M mainly, but also spent time managing contracts for River Island, Benetton and GAP to name a few.

Colin graduated law school, before spending some time in criminal defense litigation where the allure of LP became too great, and was given an opportunity to help Abercrombie and Fitch develop their asset protection program in Europe.

Colin Stewart – Director of Asset Protection, Abercrombie and Fitch

Colin Stewart is the Director of Asset Protection at Abercrombie and Fitch, with responsibility for fifteen Countries in Europe and the Middle East. Colin has oversight over loss prevention, investigations, business continuity and crisis management programs within these markets.

Prior to joining Abercrombie, Colin worked in various security and investigations management roles. Before what you could call modern-day loss prevention existed, he had an opportunity to work with some of the best around on the investigative end of the industry. As Colin mentions, “stomping the sales floors of Oxford Street in the late nineties, before many of the major malls existed exposed me to a range of crime you were unlikely to see anywhere else in Europe at that time”. “Whilst those years were spent on the less strategic, reactive end of the industry, they were tones of fun and gave me an awareness education like no other”. Colin managed the investigative arm of Proact Security Group servicing H&M mainly, but also spent time managing contracts for River Island, Benetton and GAP to name a few.

Colin graduated law school, before spending some time in criminal defense litigation where the allure of LP became too great, and was given an opportunity to help Abercrombie and Fitch develop their asset protection program in Europe.

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.

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.

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