Cancelled | Gold Coast | Tuesday 31st March, 2020 

This event was unfortunately cancelled due to the developing situation surrounding COVID-19. 

Date: Tuesday 31st March, 2020

Time: 12.30pm to 4.15pm (Note this is all in QLD time)

Venue: Twin Towns Services Club – 2 Wharf St, Tweed Heads NSW 2485

Tickets: $45 (includes tea, coffee and lunch – please advise if you have any dietary requirements) 

For more information please contact


James Miles – Sales Manager, URBNSURF 

Jimmy Miles is the host of Lipped the Surfers Podcast and commentator for Surfing Victoria and Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach and Sales Manager for URBNSURF. A father of two living in Jan Juc, Victoria he has an extensive media career with stints at both News Corp Australia and Australian Radio Network. He loves nothing more than telling the stories that make surfing great and sneaking in the odd session at Winki Pop or URBNSURF.

Keynote Speaker & Panelist

Richard Facioni – Executive Director, Alceon Group 


Richard leads Alceon Group’s principal investment team, focussed on investing in mid-market private businesses. He has a successful track record investing in business turn-around, growth capital, management buyouts, ownership succession and capital reconstruction. Richard has a particular focus on retail and consumer goods investments. He oversees, is an investor in and director of an extensive portfolio of operating businesses, including traditional and multichannel retailers, pure-play e-commerce platforms and a network of over 1000 stores which collectively generate c. $1.5 billion in annual sales:
Directorships include:

  • Executive Chairman, Alquemie Group 
  • Chairman, Mosaic Brands Limited (ASX:MOZ)
  • Chairman, Cheap as Chips Discount Variety Stores
  • Investor, Marlin Brands

Richard identifies, structures and directly manages principal investments along with a high calibre and cohesive senior team at Alceon. His business interests and specialties include direct investment, growth capital, management buy-outs, turnarounds and business strategy. 
He has a particular interest in how data and technology are redefining the future of retail and consumer behaviour. He has a firm belief that talent is the key differentiator in business.

Fireside Chat 

Neil Ridgway is Chief Brand and Marketing Officer at Rip Curl International and started surfing when he was 14. When he arrived at the company in Torquay in 2003 after 12 years in magazine editing and publishing on titles in the Actions Sports, Kids, Music and Men’s Mass Media divisions he thought he knew a few things.

Turns out he didn’t know much at all…The last 17 years at Rip Curl have been a great fun ride working for one of the world’s great brands and he has learned a lot more – and continues to learn – from those in the business both older and younger than him. He was a 10 year ASP Board Member, is currently the Core Promoter Representative to the WSL Board and is responsible for all outward facing brand advertising and marketing across the Rip Curl Group.

Alison Thomas – General Manager AUS/NZ, Volcom 
Christie Lockyer – Head of HR APAC, Boardriders 
Scott Hargreaves – Commercial Director APAC, World Surf League 

Scott Hargreaves is the Asia Pacific Commercial Director of the World Surf League (WSL). Scott joined the WSL in January 2019 after serving for six years as the Global Vice President of Marketing for Billabong based in California, where he successfully helped grow that business to become the industry leader in a very competitive marketplace. Prior to working at Billabong Scott was the Australian marketing lead for Rip Curl and served on the Rip Curl Australian Executive team. Scott has a Bachelor of Business Management degree from USC and 15+ years’ experience in brand and retail marketing, sport management and the surfing industry. Scott is also Graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Executive Program. Scott is a passionate and experienced surfer who thoroughly enjoys the ocean and everything the sport and lifestyle of surfing has to offer. He is a sports enthusiast and family man.