Former franchise frontman leaves retail association

By Sarah Stowe | 29 Oct 2015 View comments

Former CEO of the Franchise Council of Australia, Richard Evans, has resigned from his position as executive director of the Australian Retailers Association. Evans took on the role 18 months ago.

Russell Zimmerman, left, is stepping in as executive director, said ARA president Roger Gillespie, co-founder of franchise network Bakers Delight. “Russell has 30 years experience as an SME retailer and has been an ARA national council member since 1996, serving two years as national president. Since 2004 Russell has also chaired the Australian Merchant Payments Forum which is involved in payment systems reforms,” Gillespie said. “Over the coming weeks Russell will be in contact with retailers throughout Australia to discuss the increased member services including enhanced employment relations advice and to clarify ongoing needs of Australian retailers.

“Another key driver of the ARA will be to re-ignite the strong policy committee structures and engage with retailers to tackle issues in a timely and strategic manner,” Gillespie said.