Our Team

Phil Leahy
Founder of PeSA & Retail Global

Phil has a deep passion for creating connections, which is why he founded two major annual conferences for digital retailers on opposite sides of the world. Retail Global hosts conferences in Australia and the U.S. Hosting conferences allows Phil to bring creative minds from around the world together to collaborate and share in order to create meaningful change.Having built a large and successful eBay business, Phil founded PeSA… the Professional eBay Sellers Alliance, from which Retail Global was born, and working together with leaders in the retail world, identifies the big and small trends that make the biggest impact within retail. Phil believes greatness comes from going against the grain, and makes sure innovation plays a big part within his conferences and his own team environment.

When organizing our conferences, I put my retail shoes on and focus intensely on what attendees need most—information on the actionable steps they most need to improve their business. So I’m constantly working to:

  • create collaboration between retailers and their customers
  • educate others about what’s coming next
  • connect the world
Tim Davies
Previous Head of Seller Education at eBay

Sometimes referred to as “Mr eBay”, Tim is a former eBay executive who worked as Business Development Manager and Seller Education Manager for 5 years, steering hundreds of sellers to success on eBay. Well known in the eBay seller community, Tim is passionate about empowering small to medium merchants to achieve success, and especially within the eBay marketplace.

With over 25 years of hands-on experience in management and start-ups across multiple industries, Tim is keenly aware of the challenges of success. With valuable expertise in ecommerce, accounting, financial management, governance, legal, marketing, communications, logistics and user experience, Tim’s plain English approach has helped hundreds of eBay merchants quickly boost profits.

Tim holds a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, is Principal Consultant at ZELLIS, President of the Professional eBay Sellers Alliance (PeSA Australia) and director of several other companies.

Nathan Huppatz
Founder of Ready to Ship

Nathan is passionate about creating and growing digital businesses. Today, along with his 2 co-founders, he runs and, though began online retailing back in 1999.

Since then he’s moved from corporate eCommerce to private business and for the last 10+ years has been part of a great team at Directshop and Web Publications.

In 2004 Nathan built Tacklemania from a small eBay store, to a $multimillion online business that expanded to a physical retail presence, which was in 2010. They then began to aggressively grow their online costume retail business, consistently over 90%+ per annum for 5 years straight.

They designed and built their software service, ReadytoShip, which integrates web stores and eBay accounts to carriers like eParcel, Toll, eBay, Magento. Woo Commerce and more. ReadytoShip continues to grow and today boasts a large customer base in Australia.

Nathan has great experience in all aspects of starting, growing and running eCommerce businesses of different models. From importing and exporting through to online marketing with AdWords, comparison shopping, SEO and multichannel platforms like eBay

Nathan is also the author of the Australian version of ‘Making Money on eBay for Dummies’ and is a reasonably regular speaker at online retail conferences and seminars on topics such as Multi-Channel retailing, online freight/logistics, online marketing and more.

In 2015 and 2016, Nathan was honoured to be included in “Inside Retail’s Top 50 People in e-Commerce” and in 2016 awarded the individual Excellence Award at the RetailGlobal Internet Conference.

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