Clarity, consistency and certainty of all aspects of legislation and regulations interfacing with the Large Format Retail sector is imperative.

ABOUT US

The Large Format Retail Association (LFRA) is the national peak industry association for Australia’s Large Format Retail sector, otherwise known as ‘Big Box’ retail. The LFRA advocates for clarity, consistency and certainty of legislation and regulations that interface with the Large Format Retail sector particularly in the areas of planning, zoning, technological and environmental factors and initiatives.

Members of the LFRA comprise not only of Large Format retailers, but the owners, developers, investors and service suppliers of the sector. The breadth and depth of the LFRA’s membership enables it to advocate as a whole and united voice.

Our vision is clear – to provide a seamless and exciting retail environment for our customers.

Today the LFRA is regarded as the national peak body representing the interests of large format retailers, investors, owners, developers and service suppliers in Australia.  Our membership consists of some of the nation’s largest and most respected brands and we belong to the fastest growing sector of the retail industry in the country.

Today annual sales by Large Format Retailers accounts for a massive $67 billion or 22.1% of all retail sales in Australia.  Our contribution to employment, economic growth and investment is crucial.  This is reinforced by the fact that direct employment by large format retailers exceeds a massive 425,500 people (FTE) both directly and indirectly.

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 Philippa Kelly, CEO

Philippa Kelly is the inaugural CEO of the LFRA; a position she commenced more than 11 years ago. 

 

Whilst overseeing the enormous growth of the LFRA, Philippa has sat on numerous  government stakeholder panels  particularly in the area of urban planning and its’ interface with the retail sector. 

Prior to Philippa’s current position, she spent time with the Victorian Government as Manager, Information & Mediation with Office of the Victorian Small Business Commissioner.  Prior to her time with the Victorian Government, Philippa spent 5 years with the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) as Victorian Tenancy Adviser.  During her time with the ARA she was part of the stakeholder consultation panel which, after 3 years of negotiations, saw significant reforms in the area of retail tenancies via the introduction of the ‘Retail Leases Act 2003’ and the ‘Small Business Commissioner Act 2003’.  

Immediately preceding Philippa’s time with the ARA, she spent some 17 years primarily working for various major shopping centre developers and agents.

Philippa is member of the:

  • Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD);
  • Economics and Industry Committee of the Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ACCI);
  • Forum of International Retail Association Executives (FIRAE): and
  • Victorian Property and Environmental Law Association (VEPLA)

Philippa is a ‘go to’ person for industry comment in print and television and speaks often at industry events. 

The Large Format Retail Association membership elects a board biannually at the annual general meeting.  The board meets quarterly to set the strategic focus and future direction of the Association.

Directors

Zac Fried (President)

Deputy Executive Chairman, Spotlight Group Holdings

Philippa Kelly  

CEO, LFRA

Steve Adamson (Vice-President)

Country Property & Expansion Manager, IKEA, IKEA Group

Hector Abbott (Treasurer)

Property Consultant, Baby Bunting

Ian Robinson (Immediate Past President)

Executive Chairman, Beacon Lighting

Bruce Sinclair

Group Property Manager, JB Hi-Fi

Robert Dawkins

Company Secretary ; Chief Legal and Property Officer, Super Retail Group

Andrew Marks

General Manager, Property, Bunnings Group Limited

James Scott

General Manager, Property, Harvey Norman

Michael Petricevic

Managing Director, OZ Design Furniture

 Alternate Directors

Richard O’Brien

 General Manager Property, Spotlight Retail Group

Andrew O’Neill

 National Property Development Manager, Bunnings Group Limited

Glen Robinson

CEO, Beacon Lighting

Jacques Du Plessis

Development Manager, Supercheap Auto, Super Retail Group

In 1999, the Bulky Goods Retailers Association, or otherwise known as the BGRA, was established to develop the bulky goods retailing industry within Australia. On 22nd August 2013, the Association changed its name to the Large Format Retail Association (LFRA). The name, Large Format Retail Association now better reflects the industry we represent.

The Large Format Retail Association (LFRA) (formerly know as the Bulky Goods Retailers Association (BGRA)) was established in 1999 as an incorporated association when Large Format Retailing was emerging as a strong and distinct force in Australia’s retail landscape. On  1st July 2008 the BGRA was converted to a  company limited by guarantee, an entity better suited to representing the industry on an Australia wide basis.  On 22nd August 2013, the Association’s Constitution was amended to  change its name to the Large Format Retail Association (LFRA).

Each year, since 2002, the LFRA Board has awarded the Warwick Shedden Memorial Trophy to “…an individual or organisation, who has contributed over a significant period of time to the goals and ideals of the Large Format Retail Association and the betterment of the Australian Large Format Industry…”

The award is in honour in memory of Warwick Shedden, founding President of the Association and Director of OZ Design Furniture.

Past Recipients include:

2003

Richard Horne

2004

PriceWaterhouseCoopers

2005

Sue Robinson

2007

Wayne Jennings

2008

Zac Fried

2009

Roger Wilson, OAM

2010

Justin Ganly

2011

Adam Lisle

2012

Brad Nash

2013

David Scurr

2014

Phil Schoutrop

2015

Leffler Simes Architects

2016

Ian Robinson

PricewaterhouseCoopers is a founding entity of the LFRA. Their support includes market intelligence and advice as well as accounting support. PricewaterhouseCoopers is the LFRA’s auditor of choice.

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