Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

The ARA’s Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Advisory Committee exists to shape the retail industry by advancing diversity, equality, and inclusion with aligned priorities and visible achievements.

Comprising retail industry leaders wishing to publicly commit to advancing this agenda, this Advisory Committee will shape an industry response and achieve visible and impactful priorities to improve diversity and inclusion.



This Advisory Committee seeks to support ARA members by:

  • Defining an authentic vision for diversity and inclusion across the retail industry and agree specific priorities to commit to
  • Taking a public stance on social issues that impact employees, customers and the community through collective and individual leadership action
  • Work as a united leadership group to implement progressive, powerful and lasting change across the retail landscape

Committee Members

  • Paul Zahra – CEO, Australian Retailers Association
  • Elise Sharpley – Partner, Consulting, Deloitte
  • Natasha Stott Despoja – Committee Advisor
  • Erica Berchtold – CEO, The Iconic
  • Peter Johnson – CEO, Cotton On
  • Leah Weckert – CFO, Coles
  • Michael Schneider – Managing Director, Bunnings Group
  • Angus McKay – CEO, 7-Eleven
  • Jo Horgan – Managing Director, Mecca
  • Sarah Hunter – Managing Director, Officeworks
  • Natalie Davis – Managing Director – Supermarkets, Woolworths
  • Ian Bailey – Managing Director, Kmart
  • Patrick Noone – CEO, Costco
  • Sarah Rovis – Managing Director Mimco, Country Road Group
  • Anthony Heraghty – Group Managing Director/CEO, Super Retail Group
  • Richard Murray – CEO, The Just Group
  • Tanny Mangos – Executive General Manager Community, Sustainability & Stakeholder Engagement, Australia Post
Committee Leaders

Elise Sharpley
Partner, Deloitte

Become a Committee Member

Upcoming Events

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2022 ARA Christmas Insights Breakfast

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SMH Sustainability Summit

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Future Warehouse 2022

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