Advisory Board

The following are the board members for Retail Global Advisory Board.

Phil LeahyFounder and Managing Director of Retail Global

After a long music industry career at Sony Entertainment & Kiss FM, Phil successfully launched and built one of the largest eBay businesses retailing CDs & DVDs – achieving Australia’s #1 eBay seller in 2007 & 2008 for the most sales in all categories.

After selling his retail business in 2008, Phil has continued his roles as CEO of the PeSA Retail Global and more recently launching ThinkGlobal Retail, ensuring its value to the online seller community continues to grow in Australia & the USA.

Phil received the Industry Recognition Award at the Online Retail Industry Awards in 2013 for the individual who has made the most outstanding contribution to the eCommerce industry in Australia.

He is passionate about the industry and the people that lead it. Phil is also the founder of the PeSA Gala charity event, which has raised over $300,000 to date for the Reach Foundation, a charity that holds a great significance in his heart.

 Helena-StylmanDirector, Retail Global

Helena’s work experience includes several years as a Director of the iStrategy conference, which has a global presence in Europe, North America and Australia. During her time at iStrategy, Helena used her single-minded focus, passion and dedication to increase the company’s reach in the online and digital marketing space. Through her role at iStrategy Helena assisted high-profile international clients such as Coca Cola, McDonalds, Westfield and American Express with best practices to integrate online and offline efforts.

Helena brings highly effective relationship-building skills and a keen strategic mind to her portfolio as Conference Director.

Shaun-O’BrienManaging Director Selby Acoustics


Shaun O’Brien draws from over 20 years of retail experience working for some of the largest and most respected retail chains within Australia and New Zealand, including over 5 years as a retail manager.


8 Years ago Shaun was no different from the vast majority of new eBay sellers. He was a Manager at the local Bunnings store and sold a few items on eBay to bolster his income, starting with $100 in his pocket.


In 2002, while still working full time, Shaun started his first online trading business selling HDMI Cables, Selby Acoustics. After two years of late nights and early morning answering emails, listing products and many trips to the post office, Selby Acoustics had grown to the point where it needed Shaun full time.


Fast forward 9 years and today Shaun is a well respected and successful eBay entrepreneur with:


Shaun is also the President of PeSA Australia. PeSA is a trade group consisting of the top selling businesses on eBay based in the US.

 Tim DavieseBay Strategist, Zellis

Sometimes called ‘Mr eBay’, Tim is not only a wealth of knowledge on eCommerce, but also highly commercial and strategic.  With over 25 years of hands-on experience in management and start-ups, accounting,  marketing, communications and governance, Tim is keenly aware of what it takes to succeed.

Working at eBay, Tim achieved 40% YoY growth across a $100m portfolio of sellers before being appointed eBay Manager of Seller Education & Engagement.  He launched eBay Seller Academy in 2010, and eBay Seller Training Courses in 2013.  Tim has assisted hundreds of businesses grasp and rise to the challenges of eCommerce in the eBay marketplace.

Tim holds a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Certificated Member of Governance Institute Australia and a member of the Law Council of Australia.

Always in hot demand, Tim’s valuable expertise and plain English approach can help you take your business to the next level.

Michael-BrowittCEO, Powerfront & Inside Asia Pacific


Michael has over 20 years of experience in IT, specialising in banking, retail and eCommerce businesses.


He has helped many companies and major retailers in Australia – UNICEF, Oroton, Toys”R”Us, Nike, Sportscraft and many more, to attain great success by capitalising on cutting-edge technology and perceptive online marketing.


Powerfront is the creator of Inside which is a new revolutionary way to visualise your website, understand how to improve your website and engage with your visitors.

 AdoreBeauty_KateMorris15_29612Founder & CEO,


Beauty junkie and eCommerce veteran Kate Morris, founder and CEO of, had her inspiration to start Australia’s first online beauty store in 1999 at the age of 21.

15 years later, attracts millions of visitors per year, stocks over 10 000 products, and recently announced an investment from retail giant Woolworths Limited. Kate was awarded the Business Innovation Award for Victoria at the Telstra Business Women’s Awards in 2014, and was inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Network Hall of Fame in 2015.


Yvonne-AdeleManaging Director,


Yvonne Adele is a pioneer in technology and making it accessible to the non-geek. In the mid 90s she was Ms Megabyte, advising people on national radio and tv on how to get the most from their PC’s – this in turn led to a best selling book. She was quick to embrace Social Media and create Ideas While You – An overnight brainstorming service run over Twitter, where she has almost 17,000 followers. Overnight, customers get 100 ideas from around the world to solve any business challenge.

Yvonne heads her own community management agency, managing social media platforms for brands and celebrities whilst continuing to educate business owners and operators as co-author of online training program The Reach Kit: tapping into Social Media to increase sales and grow your business.


stevevallasCo-founder, CHUNKY Media


Steve Vallas is a qualified lawyer who moved into property development and hospitality. Adapting complex problem solving skills across experiential industries that require a 360 degree understanding of relationship marketing.

Steve is co-founder of the social selling digital agency CHUNKY Media. He also owns HONEY Bar and Restaurant, the home of many successful Entrepreneur Club, Networking and Meet up events.

Fixated with tech start-ups and digital marketing he works to integrate the world of bricks and mortar with vertically integrated online businesses.


An early adopter of social channels as a relationship, brand and network building tool. He lives and breathes by the motto “online all of the time”.

Finding his true passion in building businesses that listen and rely on the social signals and the needs of the user. Tailoring options that suit in real time.

Find Steve @SteveVallas on Twitter late at night, he’s not a morning person.


 Nathan HuppatzCo-founder, Directshop

Nathan is co founder of Directshop, an online retail and consulting business located in Melbourne Australia. Having transacted over 200,000 orders in the last five years on eBay, websites and other channels he is a true online veteran with broad experience in eCommerce strategy, multi channel online retailing, web development and project management, online fraud and online marketing.

His business Directshop offers an automated shipping solution called, born from Directshop’s own needs to streamline the shipping process, and now focuses heavily on Magento and eBay development.

Directshop is an Australian Magento Partner specialising in building Magento Commerce websites for Community, Professional and Enterprise editions. With a focus on integrations and custom development, Directshop is a leader in Magento to eBay integrations, dealing with SME clients turning over $20k to $5mil+ pa, and Nathan and his team’s expertise is critical to the success of his business.

Nathan is also a board member of PeSA Australia, and regular speaker at PeSA functions and events.

Jim-StewartFounder & CEO, StewArt Media


Jim Stewart is the founder and CEO of StewArt Media, one of the leading digital marketing companies in Australia.  Spanning almost two decades, Jim has partnered with clients across various industries including oil, legal, medical and eCommerce.  His clients have included top businesses such as Mercedes-Benz, Lendlease, ExxonMobil, City of Melbourne and 1300FLOWERS.
With a continual focus on adding value, he has achieved outstanding success for his clients.  He is considered a pioneer and a leading expert in all facets of digital marketing to businesses based around strategies such as SEO, paid advertising, content management, conversion rate optimisation, site audits and migrations.
Jim is also a prolific speaker. He is regularly invited to speak at global events like Retail Global Las Vegas and Marketing Now! Wellington, where he shares his expertise on search engine optimisation and digital marketing. In his latest event, he was invited to Retail Global Las Vegas as one of the leading experts to talk about ‘website usability’. He also contributes regularly to the Sky News Switzer Report offering insights on how Internet marketing is evolving.
Jim also has a weekly video blog, where he shares his knowledge freely with thousands of subscribers. He discusses current trends in Internet marketing and SEO, and talks about what the future of Internet marketing may hold. He also offers free Search Engine Optimisation training videos to viewers.
He is a member of a popular business podcast, ‘Beers, blokes and business’ with over 70+ five star ratings. Alongside friends, he talks about different challenges regarding managing a business such as crowdfunding, hustling, and downsizing.