Traditionally known for his love of basketball and art, Michael gained both retail and wholesale experience before joining NARTA as the AV Category Manager in April 2003. Since then, he progressed to multiple categories before becoming Group Category Manager, followed by General Manager, then Chief Operating Officer, and then was appointed CEO in July 2015.
Many would be surprised to know that at 18 years old, Michael was offered scholarships for his artistic talents, with 2 pieces of his work on display at the National Art Gallery and Japan’s National Gallery in Tokyo.
A fan of Italian food and British comedy panel shows, Darren joined NARTA in 1999 after working as an assistant buyer in Liquor and Tobacco Categories. He took a brief hiatus in 2001 to spend two years working in London before returning to NARTA in 2003. Since then, he’s worked for NARTA as a Business Analyst, Cooking & Seasonal Category Manager, Marketing and Operations Manager and in his current role since 2016 as General Manager.
On the weekends, you’ll find Darren hanging out with his wife and their dog. In fact, Darren’s dream holiday destination is anywhere he can take his dog with him.
With over 20 years’ experience working for some of the biggest brands in the world including Samsung and Schneider Electric, Brad is well-versed in managing product, sales and key accounts.
In his newly created role at NARTA, Brad is responsible for creating and maintaining key relationships with commercial partners and stakeholders.
When he’s not busy working, Brad enjoys surfing and spending time with his amazing wife and beautiful kids.
Jen has a diverse background that has spanned almost 20 years in Procurement across the Asia Pacific and has held leadership roles in various industries including Publishing, Printing, Travel & Agriculture. Unbeknownst to many, from the age of three Jen’s passion was dance and she dreamt of being part of the Sydney Dance Company before she started working and enjoying the challenges of business and family.
In 2018, she began working with NARTA as Procurement Manager and then took up the role of Head of Procurement in 2019. Jen is passionate about leadership and developing new talent and was proud to be part of the team who were nominated as Finalists in the External Collaboration Category at the 2018 Procurement Leaders Asia Pacific Awards. With her 2 boys, Jen loves spending time travelling and looks forward to their next trip to walk in the footsteps of the Beatles on Abbey Road in London.
London-born, James started his career in retail before the Age of the Internet. Prior to working at NARTA, he had worked for Woolworths, GfK, Canon and LG Electronics. He works closely with retail members, external agencies and cutting-edge Data Science & AI teams based in Europe.
Having been at NARTA for 9 years, James is the Head of Data Innovation, diligently working to evolve and build the data strategy that continues to drive NARTA as an innovative force in the Retail industry. On weekends, he loves to spend time with Family, get away to the Myall Lakes or noodle around in his keyboard-laden home studio.
A self-confessed cheese-enthusiast, Lucie holds a degree in Fashion Marketing & Communication and has diverse experience in buying, merchandising & marketing. Lucie’s extensive knowledge of the full retail landscape comes from her time as a Fashion Buyer in the UK for Sainsburys, Debenhams & Selfridges then at Gucci in Dubai overseeing the MEIA region.
With a passion to expand her skill set, Lucie relocated to Australia to focus on Marketing and has been with NARTA since 2015. A believer in positive thoughts equal positive outcomes, Lucie loves a day at the beach or exploring somewhere or something new.
Jonathan joined NARTA in 2016 after 20 years in the consumer electronics and building industries, specialising in retail and vendor sides. Outside of work, he loves anything Vietnamese and dreams of going to southern France.
On weekends, you can find Jonathan building things around the home or playing golf badly. Fun fact: Jonathan only has one kidney! He donated the other one to his nephew who had renal failure.
Aileen joined NARTA in 2011 with an extensive background in Finance, coming from a role as a Project Manager for Fujitsu China. As a young girl, Aileen dreamt of being a surgeon, and even though she took a different career path, she’s still incredibly focussed, spending her weekends studying and continuing to grow her knowledge in IT and Finance.
Starting with NARTA as an Assistant Accountant, Aileen now works in the Accounting Department as a Financial Controller.