On Tuesday 30th August, the VANA Board approved a re-structure of the VANA team. This new structure is based around not employing a new CEO, but rather re-distributing roles and responsibilities within the current VANA team.
The VANA Board’s agenda over the coming months will be to represent and support Newsagents during the current challenging retail and distribution environment. The Love Your Newsagent campaign currently underway is an example of how VANA intends to promote the ‘Newsagent Brand’, with more mass media advertising to follow in 2012. Representation for the T2020 project is also vitally important in making sure all Newsagents concerns and investments are recognised as this project develops over the coming months.
Membership benefits such as utility savings and supplier deals whilst very important, need to be just the start of the reasons why you belong to a trade association. The VANA Board believes they must lead by example and invest in the ‘Newsagent Brand’, as all industry players, including Newsagents themselves, need to be accountable to do the same.
The VANA staff roles and responsibilities will cover:-
Sel Ozyurek – Operations Manager (formally Commercial Manager)
- Day to day management of the VANA office
- Marketing groups liaison
- Commercial projects, including N-stock
- Industry Suppliers liaison
Oliver Stankovski – Members Service Manager
- Members contact & representation
- HR and IR advice
- Publishers liaison (including T2020 project)
Wayne Elliott – Finance and IT Management
Marta Villani – Assistant Finance Officer / Administration
All have the Boards full confidence in representing and servicing our Membership. The VANA Board is focused on making sure members are getting the support and value from their membership and therefore this decision to invest in our current team is seen as pivotal in delivering this goal.
At VANA we look forward to re-enforcing the place your Newsagent has in all Victorian communities and we welcome the responsibility in making sure all Victorian Newsagents enjoy this position for many years to come.