Joanne Mercer
BA (Melbourne), MBA (The University of Queensland)
General Manager, Myer
Womens & Kids Footwear & Accessories

Joanne Mercer grew up in the UK moving to Australia at 18. She completed an Arts degree at Melbourne University in 1986, whilst attending Ormond College. During her undergraduate years Joanne developed a passion for retail, working in the Myer Miss Shop Department. At the completion of her degree she started the Myer Graduate Program which exposed her to all aspects of retail including warehousing, stores, HR, marketing and buying. Joanne chose the buying stream after a short stint of management in stores, and spent from 1989 to 1997 working firstly as a trainee buyer before becoming the International Designer and Upmarket Footwear Buyer.

Joanne's love of shoes began, and in 1998 Joanne and her 2 business partners secured private equity to launch the Joanne Mercer Footwear chain. This was an amazing journey. It was during this time Joanne completed her Masters in Business Administration through UQ. The postgraduate took Joanne 5 years to complete on a part time basis due to heavy travel commitments and a young family. 

The MBA gave Joanne the knowledge and confidence to manage and drive her business to the next level, and was invaluable the journey through her career. She left the business to have a baby at the end of 2007, but has returned to the workforce in 2008 as General Manager Footwear and Accessories for Myer. This is the position she holds today.


Professor Peter Green
BSc, BCom, MInfmSys, PhD (The University of Queensland)
UQ Business School
The University of Queensland

Peter F. Green is Professor of Electronic Commerce and Business Information Systems cluster leader in the UQ Business School at the University of Queensland. Peter is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society, and a Member of the AICD. From 2009-present, he has served as a director on the national Board of Directors for the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA). Peter has worked during his career as the Systems Support Manager at the South-East Queensland Electricity Board (SEQEB), for a Chartered Accountancy firm, and a Queensland government department.

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