National Executive Committee

Chair – Matt Davis

National Director, Salvos Stores

Matt Davis is a highly skilled and respected leader and strategist having held key roles in large organisations and retailers including Directorships at ALDI Stores and General Manager of Sales & Marketing at World Vision Australia. Matt has also served on the board of EACH, an organisation providing health and disability services in Australia and is in his second year as Chairperson for the National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations (NACRO), advancing the governance, innovation and impact of charities and their retail shops around Australia. In 2016, Matt was appointed as Chief Executive Officer for Salvos Stores Southern Territory and in May 2018 was appointed as National Director - Salvos Stores Australia. Salvos Stores is the retail arm of The Salvation Army and currently operates 331 stores nationally. These stores, along with support and leadership teams employ 1890+ team members and have the generous assistance of over 10,500 volunteers. Salvos Stores operates as a fully functioning retail business, recycling pre-loved goods and relying heavily on the generosity of the corporate and public donors. All profits from purchases and donations made at Salvos Stores help to fund social welfare programs run by The Salvation Army. Each year, the funds raised by Salvos Stores make a difference to disadvantaged Australians.

Vice Chair – Terry O’Neill

Chief Executive Officer, Link Vision

Terry is CEO of Link Vision Inc, which provides accommodation and education services for people with low or no vision. In addition to his commitment to NACRO, he is President of and program presenter on charitable community Radio 4RPH (Radio for the Print Handicapped), and in addition, is an active member of the VIA (Vision Impaired Association), and the QWCC (Queensland White Cane Committee) He has extensive general management experience in the transport, materials handling, logistics and recycling sectors throughout Australia. Terry played a pivotal role in the introduction of kerbside recycling in South East Queensland, including Brisbane City’s first kerbside contract. He also successfully operated his own PR business for several years. He has previously been involved with Rotary International and Ronald McDonald Charities, and in his spare time enjoys Jazz music and his passion for AFL.

Treasurer - Steve Gillespie

Area Manager, Salvos Stores

Steve has worked in the charity Sector for 16 years with specific responsibility and expertise in retail, recycling and warehousing operations. Before joining the Salvation Army in 2015 as Western Sydney Area Manager, Steve was the Metropolitan Retail Manager Broken Bay Diocese for St Vincent de Paul Society. His commitment to the charitable recycling sector includes the role of NACRO NSW State Representative from 2006 to 2009, and as NACRO Treasurer since 2009.

NSW State Rep – Peter Knock

Executive Director, St Vincent de Paul Society

Peter is an awarded and applauded senior retailer, specialising in digital transformation within disrupted markets. From creating and developing start-ups to working with some of Australia’s largest public and privately-owned companies, including Myer, Dymocks, Thrifty and the Co-op. Peter also has exposure to leading edge retail best practice from judging Inside Retail and Online Retail Industry Awards, and was a founding Director and Board Member of the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) representing 13 million Australian Co-operative and Mutual members and Deputy Chairman of the Retail Council, representing Australia’s Top retailers. He is recognised by Inside Retail and Deloitte as one of Australia’s top 50 people in E-Commerce in 2015 and 2016, while currently being a founding member of Hopsters Ltd, Australia’s first Co-operatively owned craft brewery, integrated omni-channel expert, fintech, retail and board advisor, consultant, non-exec director, advisory boards and speaker. Peter most recently was the CEO of the Co-op, with 2 million members and 65 stores on University campuses across the nation. The Co-op is an ORIA winner, one of the largest Top 50 online retailer’s and an NRA Multi-channel Retailer of the Year. He diversified the business into Digital and Financial Services, stationary, apparel, tech, FMCG, campus catering services and integrated Cafes. Peter is now with St Vincent de Paul Society NSW as Executive Director of Central Councils and Commercial Operations which operates 250 Vinnies Shops, recycling and export businesses.

QLD State Rep – Leigh Sellers

General Manager, Lifeline Retail

Leigh has almost 20 years’ experience in senior leadership roles and has successfully managed businesses with revenue in excess of $220m and 180 FTE’s. Leigh’s experience includes simultaneous retail and corporate management in regional, rural and CBD locations across multiple geographies in Australia, predominantly in the health and finance sectors with a proven track record in turnaround and change management of culturally-poor and financially under-performing businesses. Leigh set a benchmark in corporate responsibility when he initiated the first Indigenous School Based Traineeship Program at ANZ Banking Group Limited. He then went on to establish an Indigenous Scholarship through Southern Cross University. Most recently, Leigh has been a catalyst in the development, oversight and delivery of the Reconciliation Action Plan within Bupa Australia, before joining Lifeline Retail Queensland as General Manager.

SA State Rep - Martin Nordstrom

Sustainability Co-ordinator, Salvos Stores

Martin Nordstrom is a highly educated, divergent thinker. As a multidisciplinary, Martin has worked in charitable recycling, retail, volunteer management, consultancy and project management across a 15 year period. As Project Manager with NACRO, Martin oversaw the completion of research which continues to inform dialogue on illegal dumping, community behaviour and the role of government. As Sustainability Coordinator at Salvos Stores, Martin is leading the conversation on what it means to be sustainable as a charitable recycler and is passionate about People, Planet and Not-for-Profit. Martin holds a Master of Sustainability, a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) and a Bachelor of Design Studies (Architecture).

TAS State Rep - Vacant

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VIC State Rep – Jeff Antcliff

GM Retail, Vinnies

Jeff is General Manager of Vinnies Victoria Retail and the Victorian NACRO State Rep. Vinnies Retail has 110 shops with over 6,000 team members, three warehouses and a fleet of trucks. Last year the shops served almost 4 million customers. Vinnies shops are the face of the Society in Victoria raising significant funds to support local communities in need. Jeff is an experienced retail executive possessing over 30 years’ experience. His roles have included general management, network development, operations, recruitment, product management, warehousing and distribution. Jeff’s extensive franchise management experience has allowed him to grow shops and work with his teams through influence not direction. Jeff has held senior roles with Woolworths, Specsavers and Sigma Pharmaceuticals.

WA State Rep – John Knowles

Chief Executive Officer, Good Samaritan Industries

With 18 years as a CEO in the disability sector, and the 10 years as CEO, Good Samaritan Industries, John has significant leadership in workforce management and development. He is passionate about social justice, individual rights and consumer empowerment, with a rigorous belief in the equity of employment opportunity for people with a disability. John’s key board/committee experience is driven by this passion, as a strong sector campaigner always prepared to put the issues forward, with expertise in government indexation policy, non-government sector funding policy and pre-budget submissions for peak organisations.

Omer Soker

CEO & Company Secretary

Omer joined NACRO as CEO in March 2018, following his expertise as an association strategist and his passion for social, environmental and economic impact. He is the author of 'The Future of Associations' as a 6-step roadmap for membership organisations, and has led and consulted to a wide range of not-for-profit boards. Omer is a keynote speaker on strategy, innovation and engagement as well as business ethics and organisational trust. Omer has held senior management roles in global corporates with $32 million in P&L responsibility and expertise in the retail, homewares, fashion and online sectors.

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The National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations Inc. (NACRO) is the peak organisation that represents Australia’s charities and charity op shops.