John Hardy was appointed to the Godfreys Group Limited Board on 24 March 2016, and appointed Interim Managing Director on 6th July 2016.
John has over 50 years’ experience in the retail sector, having held senior roles at Barbeques Galore and Super Amart. He was most recently CEO of Fusion Retail Brands (formerly Colorado), which owns footwear brands diana ferrari, Mathers, Williams and Colorado. John has also previously held senior management roles within the Company, bringing a working knowledge of the Godfreys business.
Bernie Bicknell joined Godfreys in February 2010 after holding management roles for the past 38 years in the retail industry. Prior to joining Godfreys, Bernie was CEO of Mitre 10 for four years, CFO at Mitre 10 for five years, National Commercial Manager for Boral Window Systems and CFO for ICI Paints in New Zealand and North America. Bernie is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) and a member of the Graduates of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
With over 25 years of experience in consumer appliances both in Australia and internationally, Barbara O’Brien re-joined Godfreys in 2011 as General Manager of New Product Development and Quality.
Barbara has been instrumental in identifying new trends within the industry, developing and/or sourcing a range of highly successful new appliances and ancillary parts and achieving significant service cost savings through improvements in quality.
Prior to joining Godfreys, Barbara was Managing Director of Breville Research and Development and Director of Breville Holdings in 1990, being responsible for new product development, product sourcing, quality control and procurement. Between 1981 and 1984, Barbara held the role of Retail Marketing Manager based in Sydney and then Product Development Manager based in Hong Kong at Melitta Pacific Ltd.
David is Chief Operating Officer of the Godfreys Group. In this role David has overall responsibility for sales, marketing, product and property across the group. Since joining Godfreys in 1998 and prior to taking on his current role, David has grown a deep organisational knowledge, gained through senior roles in sales, product and operations across the group. He was most recently the GM of our Hoover Wholesale business. David has 30 years of sales and management experience including 2 years of international sales management based in North America.
Michael is General Manager, Retail for the Godfreys Group. In this role, he is responsible for the overall sales and training through retail stores in Australia and New Zealand. Michael is an experienced retailer with over 25 years of success in electrical retailing. Michael’s career has spanned multiple roles in retail, from front line Sales to Account Management and Area Management. After being promoted to State Manager, NSW, he grew the State through strong performances against all KPI’s. During his time at Godfreys, Michael has demonstrated an ability to develop strong management teams and has consistently delivered strong results. Michael was appointed General Manager - Retail in August 2016, bringing a strong retail selling focus to the team, and is key in driving an in-depth Training and Development culture.
Nigel is General Manager, Franchise for the Godfreys Group. In this role, he is responsible for sales and training through franchise stores in Australia and New Zealand. Nigel joined Godfreys in 1989 as a Salesperson after moving to Australia from South Africa. He was appointed Sales Supervisor in 1999 after operating a franchise in Queensland for ten years. He was then promoted to National Retail Manager in 2003 before becoming General Manager of Franchise.
David is General Manager, Marketing for the Godfreys Group. In this role, he is responsible for overall group marketing and advertising in Australia and New Zealand. Joining the Godfreys team on 4 July 2016, David brings almost 30 years’ experience and achievements in store operations, sales and marketing roles. Prior to joining Godfreys, David has worked with some of Australia’s best known retailers and wholesalers including Kmart, Lincraft, The Independent Liquor Group, Super Amart and most recently was the General Manager of Marketing for Barbeques Galore. He has held the senior marketing position in each of the companies he has been with for over 15 years and has detailed knowledge of both traditional and online marketing.