The Board

Stephen Goddard
Chairman, Non-Executive Director

Stephen was appointed to the Board in August 2016 and became Chairman on 1 July 2020. Stephen is also Chair of the Company’s Remuneration and Nominations Committee and was a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee until 30 June 2020. Stephen has more than 30 years’ retail experience having held senior executive positions with some of Australia’s best-known retailers. These include Finance Director and Operations Director for David Jones, founding Managing Director of Officeworks, and various senior management roles with Myer. Stephen is currently a non-executive director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committees of Accent Group Limited and Nick Scali Limited and was previously a non-executive director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee of GWA Group Limited.

Beth Laughton
Non-Executive Director

Beth was appointed to the Board in May 2011, became Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee in June 2012, and is also a member of the Company’s Remuneration and Nominations Committee. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Beth spent over 25 years in corporate finance, providing mergers and acquisition advice and arranging equity funding for companies in a range of industries including specialty retail. For 12 years her primary focus was on information technology, telecommunications and entertainment. She is a non-executive director of Region Group (formerly Shopping Centres Australasia Property Group) and Chair of its Audit, Risk Management and Compliance Committee. In November 2023, Beth retired after eight years as an independent director of GPT Funds Management Limited where she was also Chair of its Audit, Compliance & Risk Management Committee. Beth was also previously a member of the Defence SA Advisory Board, a non-executive director of Port Adelaide Maritime Corporation, a non-executive director and Chair of the Audit Committee of both Sydney Ferries and CRC Care Pty Ltd, and a non-executive director of the ASX listed Australand Property Group companies.

Mark Powell
Non-Executive Director

Mark was appointed to the Board in March 2017. He is currently a member of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee and was a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee from 2017 – 2023. Following initial training and experience in underground coal mining, Mark has gained over 30 years’ executive experience in retail, logistics and wholesale distribution in the UK, Spain, North America, Australia and New Zealand. This includes being UK Logistics Operations Director for Tesco Plc, running Wal-Mart Canada’s logistics operations and as CEO of the Warehouse Stationery retail chain in NZ. Mark also spent five years as Group CEO for The Warehouse Group, a NZX listed retail group which includes Noel Leeming, NZ’s largest technology and appliances retailer. He was also an advisor to the board of The Good Guys for 18 months prior to its acquisition by JB Hi-Fi. Mark is currently a non-executive director of Bapcor Limited and Chair of its Nominations, Remuneration and ESG Committee, a non-executive director of My Food Bag Group Limited, a non-executive director of Stihl Pty Ltd, and a non-executive director and member of the Strategy and Audit, Compliance & Risk Committees of 7-Eleven Australia. Mark was previously a non-executive director of Kiwi Property Group and Chair of its ESG Committee.

Geoff Roberts
Non-Executive Director

Geoff was appointed to the Board in January 2021 and is a member of both the Audit and Risk Management Committee and the Remuneration and Nominations Committee. Geoff is a non-executive director and honorary treasurer for both the Melbourne Cricket Club and Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, and is a non-executive director of Djerriwarrh Investments Limited. His executive career included 13 years as Group Chief Financial Officer of Seek Limited and AXA Asia Pacific Holdings Limited, and 15 years as a partner with Deloitte, including as Managing partner Victoria.

Richard Uechtritz
Non-Executive Director

Richard has over 30 years’ experience in retailing. He was co-founder of Australia’s two leading photo chains, Rabbit Photo and Smiths Kodak Express, and was a director of Kodak (Australasia) Pty Ltd. Richard led the management buy-in of JB Hi-Fi in July 2000 and was CEO and Managing Director until his resignation from these positions in May 2010. Richard re-joined the Board in April 2011 as a non-executive director. He is also a non-executive director of Seven Group Holdings Limited.

Melanie Wilson
Non-Executive Director

Melanie was appointed to the Board in June 2020 and is a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee. Melanie gained extensive experience in senior management roles across global retail brands, including Woolworths (Head of Online, Big W and Manager, Strategy Group), Limited Brands (Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Bodyworks, New York), and Diva/Lovisa. Her retail experience includes online/e-commerce, store operations, merchandise systems, marketing, brand development and logistics/fulfilment. Melanie has also held roles with Bain & Company (Boston) and Goldman Sachs (Hong Kong/Sydney) and completed an MBA at Harvard Business School. Melanie is currently a non-executive director and Chair of Baby Bunting Group Ltd and a member of its Remuneration & Nominations and Audit & Risk Committees. She is also a non-executive director of Property Guru Group (Singapore). Melanie was previously a non-executive director of Shaver Shop Group Limited and EML Payments Ltd, and a non-executive director and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee of iSelect Limited.

Christy Boyce
Non-Executive Director

Christy joined the Board on 16 September 2023 and is a member of the Company’s Audit and Risk Management Committee. Christy has over 25 years’ advisory experience in Australia and the United States with extensive involvement in retail, including pricing, online strategy, loyalty programs and sales & marketing. Christy was a director (senior partner) of Port Jackson Partners. Prior to this, she was a partner at McKinsey & Co, working in the firm’s Sydney, New York and Chicago offices, and was co-leader of its retail/consumer goods practice. Christy is currently a non-executive director of CSR Limited, BAI Communications Australia, EMM Consulting and the SCEGGS Darlinghurst Trust. Her previous experience includes acting as a non-executive director of ASX-listed companies Greencross Limited, Monash IVF Group Limited and OneView Healthcare Plc.

Terry Smart
Group Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Terry has a proven track record as one of Australia’s best retail executives and became Group CEO in August 2021. He was previously CEO of JB Hi-Fi from May 2010 to June 2014, following ten years as Chief Operating Officer, and oversaw significant expansion and growth during this time. Terry returned to the Group in April 2017 as Managing Director of The Good Guys and led the repositioning and significant improvement in performance of The Good Guys business.

Nick Wells
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director

Nick has been Chief Financial Officer of the Group since 2014, having joined the Group in 2009. Prior to joining JB Hi-Fi, Nick was a Manager at Deloitte where he provided Audit and Assurance services to a broad range of companies, including a number of Australian retail businesses.