With a history in sports presenting and a career that started as host of Otago University’s now-infamous Cow TV, Andrew Mulligan certainly has experience dealing with the unexpected – a useful skill that no doubt comes in handy as an entertainer.
Familiar already to Prime and Sky Sport viewers every weeknight on The Crowd Goes Wild, sports obsessed Andrew is an old-hand at presenting, producing and reporting, and has previously appeared as a presenter and reporter at three Olympics and two Commonwealth Games for Sky Sport.
Andrew has worked for nearly two decades in radio broadcasting, most notably Radio Sport breakfast and currently having returned to co-host The Morning Rumble breakfast on The Rock.
For the past few years, Andrew has been the live presenter/in-game match enhancement for all All Blacks test matches played at home & is the Sky Sport Commentator for the Breakers Basketball coverage. He is also the voice of Rebel Sport.
He has MC'ed a wide variety of events from the Hawkes Bay Sports awards to the Halbergs and the Steinlager Rugby awards.
Andrew lives in Auckland with his wife Emma and young son Cooper.
Mike Pretty joined the Goodman Fielder Wattie business in New Zealand in 1989 as a project manager for the Pet Food Division, BestFriend Pet Foods. Post-acquisition by HJ Heinz, he held numerous roles, including Export Manager, senior marketing roles, and Sales Director for Heinz Wattie’s, and in 2002 became Director of Marketing and R&D. In 2009 he was appointed Vice-President, Global Ketchup, Health & Wellness, and Marketing Development for the HJ Heinz Company reporting to the Global CEO. He was appointed Managing Director of Heinz Wattie’s in 2014.He has been on the FGC Board since mid-2017.
Hon. Dame Annette King
New Zealand High Commissioner to Australia
Annette King commenced duties as the New Zealand High Commissioner to Australia in December 2018.
Prior to taking up this position she served as Deputy Leader of the New Zealand Labour Party and Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 2008 to 2011 and from 2014 until 2017.
She was a Senior Cabinet Minister in the Fifth Labour Government of New Zealand and was the MP for the Rongotai electorate in Wellington from 1996 to 2017. Her portfolios included Health, Police, Transport and Justice.
Chief Executive, Commercial and Express, Coles
Greg is an exceptional retailer who has held a number of leadership roles across Coles for the past eight years. In March 2018, Coles announced Greg’s appointment to the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer, taking leadership of Coles’ merchandise, marketing, Coles Brand, customer insights and store development teams.
The new role follows Greg’s recent stint running Coles’ Liquor and Hotels businesses comprising over 900 sites and 10,000 team members. The transformation of Coles’ liquor under Greg’s leadership has been widely acknowledged both within Wesfarmers and across the liquor industry.
Prior to running Coles Liquor, Greg had responsibility for Coles fresh areas including Produce, Bakery, Meat, Deli and Dairy categories. The successful turnaround of Coles supermarkets business is strongly linked with innovation and improvement in these areas. Of note was Greg’s leadership in driving major changes to the way Coles sources fresh food, creating long term relationships with suppliers, including working closely with farmers to supply significantly more Australian-grown produce throughout the year.
Greg started his retail career on the shopfloor and now has more than 25 years management experience in the retail industry, including 10 years with Aldi. Greg has held senior positions across marketing, category management, operations, product development and supply chain.
Matthew Hooton is a leading New Zealand public relations consultant and lobbyist, as well as having a significant public profile as a political commentator and writer. He has more than a quarter-century of experience in politics and public policy, starting out as a speechwriter and press secretary in the Bolger Government in 1991, working in the education, agriculture and international trade portfolios. At age 28, he led the communications project for the creation of Fonterra.
His clients since have included major New Zealand companies across all the main sectors of the New Zealand economy, including Graeme Hart’s Rank Group, to the smallest new entrants. Matthew is married with two daughters and also serves as the Mongolian Government’s Honorary Consul in New Zealand.
Executive Director, Retail Connect NZ, Nielsen
Lance is responsible for leading Nielsen’s engagement with FMCG suppliers and retailers in New Zealand. He was appointed Executive Director, Retail Connect NZ in July this year, after previously managing Nielsen's Australian and New Zealand Client Delivery teams.
He has held a number of senior client-facing and roles in both New Zealand and the UK, working with both leading local and international FMCG retailers and suppliers. He has been with Nielsen for 13 years and has spent the last 23 years working in FMCG.
Director, Coriolis Research
Tim is one of a handful of recognised global experts in the changing structure of supermarket and mass merchandise retailing. He has over 20 years’ experience in retailing, consumer packaged goods (CPG), and strategic consulting.
He is Managing Director and one of the founding partners of Coriolis Research. He regularly consults to retailers, private equity and government on retailing and the food/CPG industry in Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, and globally. He was the lead researcher on Coriolis reports on retail globalization, Walmart, Costco, Aldi, Safeway, Woolworths Australia, Whole Foods, Trader Joes and many others.
Prior to helping found Coriolis, Tim worked for Swander Pace, Safeway, Dreyers, Woolworths and Kraft. He has a degree in Agricultural Economics and Food Industry Management from Cornell University. He somewhat regularly edits many of the food and retailing related pages on Wikipedia.
Professional Director & Chair of The Warehouse
Joan has spent over 25 years working in the media industry holding CEO positions in both newspaper and radio, and has corporate governance experience spanning 20 years. Her current governance roles include Chair of Mercury NZ Ltd, Chair of The Warehouse Group Ltd and she is a director of ANZ NZ. She has previously held Chair positions at Auckland International Airport and TVNZ.
In July 2005, Joan became chief executive officer of Fairfax New Zealand Limited, New Zealand’s largest media company, a role from which she retired in 2009.
Joan is a Trustee of the Louise Perkins Foundation, and is Chair of a steering committee working to increase the percentage of South Auckland Maori and Pacific Island students taking up roles in the health sector.
She holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from The University of Auckland. She is also a University of Auckland Distinguished Alumni (2015). Joan is the author of "A Girl's Guide to Business" which was published by Penguin Books in 1998 and “A Woman’s Place – Life, leadership and lessons from the boardroom” which was published by Penguin Random House in 2017.
She won the CAANZ Media Excellence Award in 2009 and the New Zealand Shareholders Beacon Award in 2014.
In 2015 she was named Supreme Winner in the Women of Influence Awards and was named as Chairperson of the Year in the Deloitte Top 200 Management Awards. Joan was admitted to the Marketing Hall of Fame in 2017.
Managing Director, Countdown
Natalie is the Managing Director for Woolworths New Zealand. She was appointed in July 2018.
Natalie comes from Woolworths Australia where she was the Chief Customer Transformation Officer. In this role, Natalie led the development of Customer 1st strategies, transformation and culture across Woolworths Group businesses. She initially joined Woolworths in July 2015 as Director of Customer Transformation, Food Group.
Prior to Woolworths, Natalie was a Partner at McKinsey & Co, where she worked in the UK and Australia for 15 years advising on strategy and commercial transformation. Natalie is a member of Chief Executive Women.
General Manager Merchandise, Countdown
Scott Davidson is the General Manager for Buying and Merchandise for Countdown Supermarkets.
He has worked in the retail industry for the past 25 years across operations, marketing, supply chain and buying in Australia, the UK and New Zealand. During this time he has held multiple merchandise leadership roles within liquor, packaged food, private brands and most recently fresh produce.
Solutions, Innovation & Retail Leader, IRI
Vicky heads up the Solutions and Innovation team at IRI which encompasses thought leadership, analytics and consulting, whilst also heading up IRIs retail partnerships. She brings a passion for the FMCG industry having worked in agency, supplier and retailer sides across New Zealand, Australia and UK environments.
Her real passion is around using shopper and market insights to help drive strategic decision making. She particularly enjoyed her time at Tesco and Sainsbury’s in the UK where she became an expert in understanding loyalty card data to see how shoppers interact with products and categories by understanding their purchasing behaviour and following how their behaviour changes over time.
CEO, Foodstuffs North Island
Chris was appointed CEO of Foodstuffs North Island in 2015. He has since immersed himself in the unique world of grocery and works with the Foodstuffs Co-operative team and its 350 store owners. Prior to joining Foodstuffs, Chris was CEO of Spark Home, Mobile and Business and led the company through the very successful rebrand from Telecom to Spark. He was accountable for the performance of the company’s consumer and SME markets, which deliver around half of Spark’s revenue and earnings. From 2008 – 2012 he was CEO of the then Gen-i Australasia (now Spark Digital), and in 2012 he spent three months as Acting CEO of Spark Group.
CEO, Foodstuffs South Island
Steve Anderson is the Chief Executive Officer of Foodstuffs South Island, a role he has held since June 2000. In October 2010 he took on the role of Managing Director of Foodstuffs (New Zealand) Ltd and became the Chairman of Foodstuffs NZ Liquor Ltd (Liquorland).
Steve is also the Chairman of the Rangi Ruru School Foundation and Chairs the Food for Thought Trust, a free nutritional education programme that assists year 5 and 6 primary school children in making healthier food and lifestyle choices. In January 2015 he became a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Directors.
Prior to joining Foodstuffs, he worked for Mainland Products, Shell New Zealand Ltd and Shell International Chemical Company, based in London.
Founder & Global Ambassador, Nad's
Sue Ismiel is the Founder and Global Brand Ambassador of Nad’s; a 100% family and woman-owned business in Australia.
Natalie, Sue’s middle daughter, became self-conscious of her body hair at a young age and the usual hair removal waxes and creams left her skin irritated and sore because she had sensitive skin. Like any mother would do, Sue aimed to solve her unwanted hair problem and created the first pot of Nad’s Gel right in her kitchen using natural gentle ingredients.
After developing Nad’s no-heat Hair Removal Gel in 1992, Sue took Nad’s to friends and family, the local markets and to Australian audiences via her legendary TV spots on Good Morning Australia, winning a swag of awards and reinventing the hair removal category to what it is today. In 1998, Sue took Nad’s Original Hair Removal Gel to the US for what was to become the most successful infomercial product launch of its kind, winning the Advertising Age Marketing 100 Awards in 2001, in New York. The Original Gel Kit has remained unchanged and is still sold today.
Not only is Sue recognized as one of Australia’s most successful businesswomen, she is a dedicated philanthropist. Along the way, Sue has used her success to help others, actively contributing to women’s health initiatives, sponsoring children in need and becoming an Ambassador for ChildFund Australia.
Today, Sue continues to drive innovation and excellence in hair removal. In 2013, Sue was awarded the InStyle Woman of Style Award for Beauty. Sue shares, “Success is an amazing feeling, but that feeling is best preserved through giving back. I feel blessed to be able to do so and appreciate that just like success; style is judged far more broadly.”
CEO of the new Retail and Supply Chain Health and Safety Sector Group
Liz May was recently appointed CEO of ShopCare, the new Retail and Supply Chain Health and Safety Sector Group. Before that she was General Manager of Logistics at Woolworths NZ. She had a long career at Countdown that included roles in store operations and systems implementation and support, as well as many years in merchandise in a variety of merchandise manager and category manager roles.
In her role as GM Logistics, she had responsibility for Countdown's distribution centres, transport operation, replenishment team, and third-party logistics providers – all of which involved 900 staff and hundreds of others down the supply chain. Liz is passionate about creating change in the FMCG industry to ensure more people go home safe and well to their families every day.
Tom Sainsbury is an actor, writer, director and political satirist. He became publicly known during the 2016 New Zealand general election when his Snapchat videos of politicians were first shared around the internet. Since then he has acted in Shortland Street, Wellington Paranormal, and The Educators. He is a regular guest on TV2’s Have You Been Paying Attention.