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Governance

Established in 1864, Prahran Market is an iconic community asset owned by Stonnington City Council and governed by an independent Board of Directors appointed by Council, according to their varied skills.

Council entered into these arrangements so that the day to day operations of the Market would be independent from Council and to ensure, as far as possible, the decisions regarding the Market were made in the overall best interests of the community.  The day to day operation of the Market is the responsibility of the General Manager and his staff.

The Market Management Office is located on the first floor and is open seven days a week.

 

Meet the Directors

 

Kate O’Sullivan, Chair and Non-Executive Director
Experienced executive and board member with a demonstrated history of working in the sports, racing and entertainment and hospitality industries. Skilled in strategy development, executive coaching, sales and marketing management, budgeting and commercial operations and business planning.

Andrew Hockley, Non-Executive Director
An economist by training with deep experience in the private and public sectors covering marketing, retail and media, placemaking, and community and stakeholder engagement at a senior executive level.

Megan French-Wright, Non-Executive Director
Strategic thinking investment professional with more than a decade of experience in retail management, leasing, investment and development, with a passion for food retail and community places. Experienced in retail strategy, leading multi-disciplinary teams and working within the highly regulated institutional investment field.

Bella Katz, Non-Executive Director
Senior leader with 20 years international experience in brand strategy and positioning, marketing strategy, luxury retail, e-commerce, international trade and business consulting, who has worked with iconic global and luxury consumer brands and advised numerous businesses on the cusp of growth about how to scale effectively.

Kandi Straker, Non-Executive Director
A strategic leader with over 25 years of marketing experience. With a customer centric and problem solving mindset who has undertaken key operational and leadership roles within ASX listed and APRA regulated organisations.

 

Meet the Management Team

 

Simon Ward
General Manager

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Simon joins the Prahran Market with a 20-year career history in retail, as Centre Manager of a range of shopping centres, fresh-food areas and food-driven precincts. 

Having been raised in an horticultural and agricultural food bowl on the Murray River, he has a personal appreciation of the importance of great local produce and how integral local markets are to ensuring tight social links and relationships, in addition to providing the daily & weekly grocery needs of the community. Simon brings extensive experience in retail/centre management, leadership, insights into the fresh-food sector, precinct and customer demographics as well as future trends and opportunities.

 

Bill McMaster
Operations Manager

 

Stefanie Mullin
Marketing Manager

 

Leanne Baker
Public Relations Manager

 

Lauren Saltalamacchia
Marketing & PR Coordinator

 

Jody Farlow/Andrea Arendsen
Accounts and Administration

 

Sandra McMaster
Administration

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