Newspower Australia Board of Directors

Graeme Hand


Graeme launched Newspower in South Australia in 1998. Graeme has been a Director of Newspower Australia for 20 years and is the current Chairman of the Board.

He has been the Treasurer of ANF for a number of years and involved in Industry projects such as Trade Practices Authorisations, design and implementation of training program for introduction of GST, negotiation of Newsagency contracts and represented Newsagents on various Industry and Government bodies.

Grant Eckert


Grant is the Group General Manager of ANCOL (SA) and has been since March 2010, and has held a position on the Newspower Board since that time.

Prior to be appointed to the current role Grant worked within the ANCOL Group as General Manager of Metropolitan Paper, a stationery manufacturer and paper converter. Accordingly, he has been involved with the stationery & newsagent channel in excess of 25 years.

Grant has a strong sales focus and subsequent appreciation of the importance the Newspower Brand has for our members.

Ian Booth


Ian was appointed as the Chief Executive of the Newsagents Association of NSW and ACT in October 2015.

He has been heavily involved in industry associations for more than 20 years, having undertaken major assignments at CEO level for a number of major Australian, Australasian and International organisations

With qualifications in business, industrial relations and training he has a strong track record in governance, financial management and organisational development.

Ian has been a director and office bearer of a number of companies, associations and charities over an extended period.

Martin Hartcher


Martin has been a CEO in several industries including media, insurance and publishing.

Currently he is on a number of Boards and Chairs GNS, Natbuild (National Building Supplies Buying Group)and Peak Care Equipment (manufacturer and wholesaler of assistive technology). With qualifications in Law, Accounting and Management.

​Martin will be an enormous asset to the Newspower Australia Board.

Paul Yardley


Paul was appointed Chief Executive of GNS in October 2016, having previously been Chief Executive of news, books and convenience retailer WHSmith’s Australian operations.

He has worked in the Australian retail sector since 2009, with a particular specialisation in business turnaround and performance improvement.

Prior to relocating to Sydney, Paul worked in corporate finance in London with Deutsche Bank.

He has a BA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge.

Chris Pecora


Chris joined the Newspower Board of Directors in July 2018.

​Chris has been a Director of VANA since 2010 and appointed as Chairman in 2016. He has been an Owner and Operator of Newsagencies as well as Card and Gift Stores in the Melbourne Metro area since 1990.

Prior to his career in the Corporate Sector, he held various senior management and director positions in National Australian manufacturing and retail organisations.