our people

Adrian Ryan
Company Director
The linen and soft furnishings trade has run in Adrian’s veins from as early as the late 70’s, when he worked in his parents’ manchester store in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs – the beginning of Lorraine Lea. Before entering Lorraine Lea in 1994 as General Manager, Adrian enjoyed a successful career with creative agencies that saw him acquire skills that have been instrumental in the development of Lorraine Lea’s brand presence. Now as director, Adrian is actively involved in all aspects of the business, fulfilling a mentor role to the executive leadership team and particularly enjoying time with the sales force.
Jen Quirk
Director Sales & Marketing
Jen Quirk joined the Lorraine Lea team in February 2018 with over 20 years of experience in the competitive retail and direct selling industry. Her hands-on approach in leading and developing high performing, teams has seen her work with brands including Marks and Spencer, British Airways and Christian Dior where she honed her skills in setting and executing successful sales strategies, growing revenue and developing results driven teams. Prior to joining Lorraine Lea, Jen was leading the strategic direction for Mary Kay Cosmetics Australia and New Zealand as their Director of Sales and Marketing. She is passionate about the opportunities that an independent business can provide and thrives on helping others to reach their fullest potential. Jen loves, cycling, hiking and exploring the hidden secrets of cities from around the world with her husband and family. Jens favourite quote is “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” Sir Winston Churchill
Wendy McCombe
Learning & Development Manager
Wendy has been part of the direct selling industry for over 20 years, starting as a consultant in Melbourne with a children’s wear party plan company. Wendy’s love of the industry took her into the corporate side of direct selling in 2000, where she was active in setting up new party plan businesses and managing sales teams. 2004 brought her to Lorraine Lea, where Wendy now develops training material and programs for our Leaders and Stylists to continuously learn and improve their party plan skills.
Anne Petracca
Chief Executive Officer
A sharp and strategic thinker, Anne brings more than 20 years of direct selling and retail experience to Lorraine Lea. With her hands-on, innovative approach to business, Anne has been the driving force behind the growth of national brands such as The Body Shop and Kleins. Her illustrious career in multi-channel, multi-level sales has honed her repertoire of effective leadership and creative strategies. Anne has a voracious passion for the social shopping industry and revels in helping others achieve success and balance in their career. When she’s not embracing opportunities to continue learning, she can be found entertaining friends and enjoying family time at the beach.
Carol Malamidis
Operations Manager
Carol is a qualified CPA who commenced her career as an Auditor and Cost accountant in the corporate world. Carol’s introduction to the direct selling industry & Lorraine Lea was by accepting a 4-week pre-Christmas casual Warehouse position picking and packing orders whilst taking a much-needed break from her career whilst trying to start a family. 20 years later and Carol is still at Lorraine Lea and loves the flexibility & opportunities that she has been given & most importantly the opportunities & flexibility it gives to our Stylists. Carol has held various roles at Lorraine Lea, from Customer Support, Software Co-ordinator, Operations Manager and is currently the Project manager for the Magnum Software project that will give Stylists new & exciting tools to help them grow their business.
Gillian Traynor
Merchandise Manager
Gillian has been with Lorraine Lea for close to 30 years starting as a consultant in Bendigo in country Victoria. Her family relocated back to Melbourne in 1990 and she started in Lorraine Lea’s very first office and warehouse answering the phone. In the next couple of years Gillian worked in every department in the company finally settling into the buying department working along side company founder Peter Ryan, learning from the best. 25 years later Gillian heads up the Merchandise Department where she works closely with our local and overseas suppliers sourcing our range from all points of the globe. Gillian and her team work hard to bring the latest colours and trends to our customers and hosts. Gillian is sports nut who loves all sport and loves to travel to see her favourite teams playing. She has two grown children who also share her love of sport.
David Kefford
Group Sales Controller
David joined the Lorraine Lea team in December 2016, a qualified CPA & MBA. Prior to Lorraine Lea, David spent last 15 years in senior finance roles, with the last 4 years as Commercial Manager for two of Australia’s most famous brands in Workwear - King Gee & Hard Yakka. His passion outside of Lorraine Lea, is basketball, having played for many years, he now coaches his kids in the local domestic competition. "I don’t believe in luck, the harder and smarter you work, the lucky you are."
Shirley Getley
People and Culture Manager
Shirley joined the Lorraine Lea team in 2011, bringing over 20 years’ of human resources experience across a diverse range of companies including Chase Bank, Arab Bank, Foxtel, Whirlpool and Dentsply. Shirley is passionate about employee engagement, leadership development and aligning talent to business strategy. She believes people are at the heart of business success and loves that her role at Lorraine Lea gives her the opportunity to work with such a talented and diverse group of people. Shirley loves walking, reading, live theatre and creating memorable moments with family and friends.

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