Confirmed Speakers (and more to be announced soon!)

Theo Foukkare, MC

Theo Foukkare is the CEO of the Australian Association of Convenience Stores (AACS), the peak voice and industry champion for Retailers and Suppliers to the Convenience Retail channel. Theo developed the foundation to his career
at British American Tobacco, before joining Australia’s leading General Merchandise supplier Pacific Optics where he successfully built an award winning company over 17 years, prior to a successful sale of the business to private equity. Having spent time as Chairman of The Distributors prior to his current role, Theo is a respected industry leader who is known for his honesty, open communication style and in-depth knowledge. Theo’s genuine passion for Convenience Retail is second to none.

 Carolyn Creswell
Founder, Carman’s Kitchen

Carman’s was founded in 1992 by Carolyn Creswell. The then 18 year old first-year university student bought the small muesli business where she worked part-time for $1,000. Fast-forward to present and Carman’s gourmet range is now available in all major supermarkets across Australia, as well as being exported to many countries around the world. 
Carolyn’s business acumen has led to a number of accolades including the 2012 Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year and the 2007 Ernst & Young’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She is also a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. As a proud mother of four young children with her husband Peter, Carolyn has a strong commitment to healthy work-life balance which is also reflected in the supportive culture of the Carman’s office.

Kym Coventry
CEO, Australian United Retailers Ltd

Kym joined Australian United Retailers Ltd in October 2015 as the Chief Operating Officer with over 35 years of retail and wholesaling experience gained at BILO, Metcash and various small businesses. He has a wealth of knowledge in the independent supermarket industry through a wide variety of operational and business development roles. After starting his career as a butcher in Weeks’ BILO Supermarket he worked in numerous roles in his 15 years with the company. He then joined David’s/Metcash where he held positions including Fresh Food Manager SA/NT and several State, General and National Manager roles over 21 years. During this time he developed close working relationships with many independent store owners across the FoodWorks and IGA store networks as well as strong knowledge in supply chain and warehouse management. Kym is now responsible for overseeing the Retail Operations and Business & Store Development teams within FoodWorks. 

Darryl Cotter

After leading retail teams for some of Australia’s biggest brands, Darryl Cotter is helping shape the future of Retail Convenience with South Australia’s largest private employer, OTR. Darryl has a broad range of established leadership skills, specialising in leading and building successful teams. Darryl’s expertise has developed through numerous senior roles across Human Resources, Training and Operations. This has culminated in his current role as General Manager at OTR where he leads more than 2,300 employees across 168 sites. Recently Darryl was recognised as one of South Australia’s Top 40 Under 40 business leaders, honouring the brightest and most accomplished young leaders in the state.

Skye Jackson
GM Merchandise, Ampol

Skye Jackson is an experienced convenience and retail expert, having worked at Ampol Australia for 15 years.
With extensive experience in retail transformation, Skye has a passion for all things customer and delivering
new formats that meet the changing needs of every day Australians. Skye played a pivotal role in the roll out of
over 60 Caltex The Foodary stores, and more recently has led for Ampol the co-creation of the Ampol Woolworths
Metro format with Woolworths. Skye is now the GM of Merchandise, where she leads the commercial team at Ampol.