After moving from the UK to Australia in 1990, Sam established a career in property and Shopping Centre management and leasing that spanned 15 years. She was responsible for project leasing during redevelopment of a number of Queensland’s flag ship shopping centres including Logan Hyperdome, Westfield North Lakes, Westfield Carindale, Westfield Garden City and Westfield Chermside.
With the expansion of the family business, Sam applied her experience in retail property to their private enterprise assisting Brad with asset acquisition, property advice and business development. She continues to support the company’s strategic direction in her role on the board of HGRetail and plays an active role as treasurer and board member of the POP Foundation.
Managing Director HG Retail
With a family history in retail it was always going to be difficult for Raelene to break the mould and work in another industry. After finishing high school Raelene spent the best part of three years travelling the world from her base in Italy before eventually returning home in 2000 to work with her brother Brad in The Hopper Group. At that stage The Hopper Group consisted of the Stop and Shop at Kangaroo Point and the New Farm News on Brunswick St which Raelene ended up running with her partner Jon. Raelene has learnt the business from the bottom up and there isn’t a role in the company from front end through to MD that she has not filled or does not understand intimately. This experience, her work ethic, sense of humour and passion for the industry have contributed immensely to the growth and ongoing success of HG Retail.