Staff

HELEN DOWLING

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER


Helen has over 30 years experience in the Sales and Marketing field with over 22 years of these being involved in the Newsagency industry.

Helen has held senior roles in sales, marketing, customer service and business development.

HENRICO SMIT

BUSINESS MANAGER WA

Henrico has over 20 years experience in customer service and retail.

He currently owns his own Newsagency and has been awarded Newsagent of the Year twice and ACP Newsagent of the year once. Henrico provides many great skills that can only be achieved by hands on involvement.

KAY PARTINGTON

BUSINESS MANAGER SA/NT

Kay joined Newspower in 2017.

She has over 30 years experience in senior roles in Sales, Business Development and Marketing in the FMCG field working in the Independent, Grocery and Department Store Channels.

Kay has a wealth of experience in merchandising and marketing for particularly for seasonal events.

MAGDA D’ABACO

BUSINESS MANAGER VIC/TAS

Magda has had 20 years’ experience in both the wholesale and retail sector owning a Fashion & Giftware wholesale company, whilst operating 2 retail stores.

Her experience lies heavily in merchandising, product analysts, sales and building relationships with retailers.

TELLINA HACKETT

BUSINESS MANAGER NSW / QLD

Tellina has 18 years’ experience in the retail sector, specialising in the Newagency Industry. Tellina has worked in and managed various newsagencies, from large to small, strip stores to busy shopping centre locations.

Tellina holds expertise in customer service, merchandising, product analysis, sales, social media, and building relationships with retailers.

DAMIEN VANDEN BERGH

ONLINE MARKETING MANAGER

Damien has years of experience in our industry and has owned and operated a Newsagency for many years.

Damien brings to the team expertise in the areas of social media, website development, local SEO and category performance management.

JO-ANNE MIFSUD

OPERATIONS & ADMINISTRATION MANAGER

Jo-anne has been with Newspower since 2005.

In her current role of Operations & Administration Manager​, her portfolio of responsibilities encompasses a wide and varied list from promotion event coordination & logistics, accounting, member support & general office duties.

MARITA VENTER

MARKETING & CONTENT MANAGER

Marita has a comprehensive background in both product and service marketing with strengths in graphic design, digital and social media marketing.

Education: Bachelor of Communication and Media (BCNM)

Board of Directors

GRAEME HAND

CHAIRMAN

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.

BEN MYLES

DIRECTOR

With his recent appointment as CEO of ANCOL SA, Ben has worked within the ANCOL group of companies for over 8 years.

His background is extensive in Business Development Management with nationally accredited companies, specifically proven in Supply Chain Management, Continuous Improvement and Sales Management.

With Ben’s motivation towards Sales and Customer relationships he identifies the importance of the Newspower Marketing Brand for our members.

IAN BOOTH

DIRECTOR

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

DIRECTOR

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

DIRECTOR

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

DIRECTOR

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.