Board of Directors

The Board comprises a President, Vice President, Treasurer and a maximum of up to seven other directors, with one third of the board retiring each year. Board meetings are held at least four times a year.

Richard Hogan, President

Richard Hogan is the Owner and Director of Duomo Fine Florentine Stationery and has extensive experience working in the gift and homewares industry. Prior to purchasing Duomo with his partner Tom in January 2009, Richard worked in the retail industry managing a family bookshop for over 15 years.  During his time in the book trade Richard served as President of the Angus & Robertson Franchisee Association for three years and two years as treasurer prior to that.  Richard also served for 3 years on the board of the Australian Booksellers Association, two of those as Vice President.

Mike Warner, Vice-President

Mike Warner is the Managing Director of Keldan International. Since its establishment in 1999, Keldan International has grown into a market leader exporting wildlife themed gifts to Europe, Asia, North and South America and New Zealand.

Tim Gillespie, Treasurer

Tim Gillespie is the Managing Director of homewares brand Ashdene, which exports to over 25 countries across the globe. Tim has extensive experience in designing homewares ranges and commissioning their bespoke manufacture, contributing to the industry for 26 years.

Julia Longmuir, Director

Julia Longmuir is the owner of Alfresco Gardenware, a business she founded in 2005 and has been a member of AGHA for around 10 years. She has a background in marketing (tertiary qualifications) and having worked in both services and product businesses prior to starting her own. She is a first generation Australian, mother of 3 and is a keen walker, camper, cook and loves nature and sport.

Kevin Porter, Director

Kevin Porter is sole Director of Rayell, an exhibiting member of the AGHA for 25 years. With a background in both wholesale business and retail stores, Kevin has led Rayell through a strong growth phase, delivering a fast-growing product range and expanding into multiple markets. Kevin is passionate about making a difference and promoting an industry that is vibrant, dynamic and successful.

Michelle Lawson, Director

A corporate career of 25 years as CFO, General Management and Board Member of 2 large corporate organisations. Owner of Darlin (Australia) for 10 years. Founder of Zig Zag Foundation (NFP) for 11 years – passionate, forward thinking, loves challenges, solutionist.

Patricia Guest, Director

Patricia Guest is the founding Director of Madras Link, an import and wholesale business supplying a wide range of home textiles, accessories and gifts to the Australian and New Zealand market. Working in the industry for 29 years, of Pat has a strong interest in the challenges and opportunities the evolving industry presents.

Rowen Bavinton, Director

Rowen Bavinton is the Sole Director at Boyle Industries Pty Ltd. Since beginning his career in the retail industry in the 1980’s, Rowen has gained extensive experience in all aspects of the retail and wholesale industry. Boyle Industries exhibited at the very first AGHA Gift Fair and has exhibited at every one since.