Board of Directors
The Board comprises a President, Vice President, Treasurer and a maximum of up to seven other directors, with one third of the board retiring each year. Board meetings are held at least four times a year.
Richard Hogan, President
Richard Hogan is the Owner and Director of Duomo Fine Florentine Stationery and has extensive experience working in the gift and homewares industry. Prior to purchasing Duomo with his partner Tom in January 2009, Richard worked in the retail industry managing a family bookshop for over 15 years. During his time in the book trade Richard served as President of the Angus & Robertson Franchisee Association for three years and two years as treasurer prior to that. Richard also served for 3 years on the board of the Australian Booksellers Association, two of those as Vice President.
Mike Warner, Vice-President
Mike Warner is the Managing Director of Keldan International. Since its establishment in 1999, Keldan International has grown into a market leader exporting wildlife themed gifts to Europe, Asia, North and South America and New Zealand.
Tim Gillespie, Treasurer
Tim Gillespie is the Managing Director of homewares brand Ashdene, which exports to over 25 countries across the globe. Tim has extensive experience in designing homewares ranges and commissioning their bespoke manufacture, contributing to the industry for 26 years.
Christophe Rymer, Director
Christophe Rymer is the director of the family owned business Francalia and imports homewares from Europe and Asia to supply the Australian and New Zealand market. Prior to this, Christophe worked in a merchant bank in the property loan division and has extensive finance and sales knowledge and experience. Christope is a team player and has been a member of the AGHA for over 20 years.
Gregory Collier, Director
Greg Collier has over 30 years experience covering retail, wholesale, manufacturing, warehousing and product distribution. In addition, he possesses a lifetime of experience covering business development and strategy, customer service, banking and information technology. Greg has an infectious and exuberant personality and a strong leadership style fostering teamwork, vision and an unwavering commitment to excellence.
Julia Longmuir, Director
Julia Longmuir is the owner of Alfresco Gardenware, a business she founded in 2005 and has been a member of AGHA for around 10 years. Julia has tertiary qualifications in marketing and has worked in both service and product businesses prior to starting her own business..
Kevin Porter, Director
Kevin Porter is sole Director of Rayell, an exhibiting member of the AGHA for 25 years. With a background in both wholesale business and retail stores, Kevin has led Rayell through a strong growth phase, delivering a fast-growing product range and expanding into multiple markets. Kevin is passionate about making a difference and promoting an industry that is vibrant, dynamic and successful.
Michelle Lawson, Director
Michelle Lawson is the owner of DARLIN (Aust), a business founded over 10 years ago. In previous years, Michelle had a corporate career of 25 years as CFO, General Management and board member of 2 large corporate organisations. Michelle is also the founder of the Zig Zag Foundation (NFP) and is a passionate, forward thinking and a solutionist.
Patricia Guest, Director
Patricia Guest is the founding Director of Madras Link, an import and wholesale business supplying a wide range of home textiles, accessories and gifts to the Australian and New Zealand market. Working in the industry for over 30 years, Pat has a strong interest in the challenges and opportunities the evolving industry presents.