Des is a career retailer with more than 50 years of service to the retail sector. In his current role, Des works part time with The Warehouse Group and is a Corporate Affairs Partner in the Corporate Affairs Team. This role also includes representing The Warehouse Group’s interests, and also representing the retail sector in general through, Chair of the Board of Directors for Retail New Zealand. Des is a Lead Judge for Auckland Chamber of Commerce Westpac Business Awards.

He is actively involved with various Government Agencies, engaging with Ministers as well as senior managers, mainly Ministry of Education, Tertiary Education Commission, Ministry for Social Development with Youth Development Programs, and Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment with a retail perspective and on impact of proposed legislative changes, Ministry for the Environment on sustainability issues.

Employer of the Year lead judge