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Senior Global Executive Andy Hedges Joins Startmesh

A warm welcome to Andy Hedges who joins the Startmesh team as a Sydney based partner. Andy is an internationally proclaimed senior business leader with extensive experience in Consumer related businesses across both the Retail Property and Consumer goods sectors. Andy was the Director of Shopping Centre Management at Westfield / Scentre group for eight years. Prior to that he held a number of senior positions over a twenty-year career at UK listed international Consumer goods business RB plc, including General Manager RB Canada and  SVP Regional Director ANZ.

During his time at Westfield / Scentre Group he gained extensive experience in multi site operational management, being responsible for a portfolio of over 40 Shopping Centres that consistently delivered a high standard of Shopper and Retailer experience. In addition, through effective leadership Andy’s team delivered over a 200% increase in the Management Income and he was seen as a leader of the digital agenda within the business. During his time with RB plc he gained extensive experience in both the European and North American markets developing a strong understanding in the power of branding through consumer insights and behaviour.

Colleagues have described me as a lateral thinker with the ability to lead a cultural change agenda. A ‘Courageous Leader’ who supports his team, is not afraid to put forward an alternate point of view but who can also be persuaded by a compelling and passionate case to change that point of view.

Andy is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accounts (UK). He is also a Board Director of the charity Feel the Magic.

Q&A with Andy:

What gets you up in the morning?

My personal ‘Why’ that get’s me up every morning is inspired by a @gapingvoid cartoon ” I don’t want to be better than other people. I just want to help others be better people.”

What was your motivation behind joining the Startmesh Team?

1. Innovation

2. Collaborative Communities to leverage opportunities and solve problems

Startmesh is actively supporting the Start-up Innovation culture required to create value and meaningful work opportunities for future generations. This is being achieved through a ‘Community Mesh’ of international expertise collaborating to deliver the best outcome for those Start-Up entrepreneurs. 

If you could have dinner with any one person, living or dead, who would that be and why?

Nelson Mandela; to soak up the wisdom of a man who achieved so much despite a significant amount time without freedom.

What is one of your “can’t live without” systems/tech platforms you rely on on a daily basis

Facebook; originally coming to Australia from the UK, via Canada I have many family and friends scattered around the world. Facebook allows me ‘to see’ and ‘to be’ a small part of their lives from far away, equally for them to be connected to our life here.  

What is the one thing that we wouldn’t know about Andy Hedges…from his LinkedIn profile?

My wife and I recently became first time Grandparents, family is so important to us and with 7 children between us ( 2 each from our first marriage and 3 together) we expect this to be the first of many grandchildren.

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For more information please contact:

Sarah McLachlan
E: sarah.mclachlan@startmesh.com
M: +61 (0) 450 057 139

 

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