Liz Wheadon has a background in hospitality; initially interested in a career in the culinary area she quickly found herself drawn to wine, which soon became her passion and ultimately her career. In late 1994, Liz started working for Glengarry Wines, her first role was as Retail Sales Assistant in the Takapuna store. Many changes of sites followed as she moved from Sales Assistant to Assistant Manager then Retail Manager, moving to Glengarry’s original site on Jervois Road. In 2000 she moved from the shop floor to manage the Product Selection for Glengarry and is now General Manager for Glengarry Wines. Liz believes in retail as a valuable and rewarding career. Around her work in retail, through this time Liz completed study at AUT in Hospitality Management and Post Graduate study in Business Administration at Auckland Universtiy.
Liz is an experienced wine taster having judged recently for Metro Magazine, Gourmet Traveller Gisborne Wine Awards, Dish Magazine, Air New Zealand wine Awards, Bragato Wine Awards in London at the International Wine Challenge and last year judged at the Japan Wine Challenge. Liz is currently studying with The Institute of Masters of Wine and is now a stage 2 Student.
A Wine Industry professional with many years of experience, Liz has an expert knowledge of the industry and those that make up its unique architecture; an experienced purchaser, she is excellent at buying negotiations and supplier relationships. With a unique understanding of retail, she has excellent retail management skills and understands the customer.
In recent years, Liz has been instrumental in driving Glengarry’s online presence through all aspects that are involved, including our online marketing and social media, whilst having a clear grasp on the integration that is required with a complex business that offers many touch points to its customers
Through her time Glengarry has been very successful participants in Retail NZ’s Top Shop awards, avid supporters, Glengarry Kelburn has won a series of Top Shop awards, Glengarry Jervois Road also and Glengarry’s Online success recognized in the first awards looking at Omni channel. Glengarry has also been recognized with a Retail Employer of the year award.
Aside a career in the Wine and Retail industries, Liz has continued her involvement with Gymsports in New Zealand, particularly Rhythmical Gymnastics having coached two New Zealand teams to World Championships in Azerbaijan and Greece as well as numerous World Cups. Liz finds that her time coaching sport provides an invaluable set of skills for today’s business environment. Liz currently holds a judging Brevet, for both individual and group gymnastics in the current Olympic cycle.
Liz brings a wide range of skills and perspective to the board room, determined to ensure that those working in and with Retail know that it can be a rewarding career, it’s not just the job you do whilst looking for a ‘real’ job.