About Us


Vision Statement:

Comprehensive, robust, retail and franchise training and business development solutions


Mission Statement:

To be the foremost retail and franchise training and business development specialist in New Zealand.  This will be achieved by developing  robust training  and business development solutions that are delivered by expert facilitators and coaches with relevant experience.


JK_Photo_1.JPGJohn Kothe - Director 

Business Development   

John has over thirty years experience in  general management over a broad range of  businesses.

John facilitates training in sales, marketing and general staff management fields but his principle role in our organisation is concentrated around the internal company management and business development locally and internationally.

With experience gained from lecturing at universities both locally and internationally, John has a solid grounding in training. As a coastguard volunteer and accredited tutor he facilitates numerous maritime related programmes. John's formal qualifications include a Bsc and an MBA enabling him to share a wealth of knowledge from both personal experience and formal education.



Craig Bishop-Everett - ConsultantCraig photo3
Retail Operations & People Development

Craig has over 20 years practical and training experience in all aspects of retail operations, management, leadership, business strategy, integrated logistics and customer service in New Zealand and overseas. He has worked with some of New Zealand’s leading retail brands in operational and training capacities.

Craig’s experience in both managing existing operations and starting/ building new operations complements his training experience in helping businesses become more effective by taking care of basics first, then building on strengths to go from good to great.

After graduating from the Master of Business Administration programme at Massey University, his subsequent involvement in the programme has helped MBA students get to grips with not only how to study but also the transfer of learning from the theory to practical application in the “real world”.
Craig brings his understanding of “how it really works in business” to his training sessions, delivering an interactive workshop with humour, real life examples, and practice of skills.


Mike4.jpgMichael Johnson

Consultant & Retail Operations


Mike has over thirty years retail management experience since commencing as a trainee manager for Woolworths, with a career that has included senior operations roles in department stores , discount stores , apparel and duty free stores.

Since setting up in business five years ago, his primary areas of focus are business advice and training – working with shopping centre operators as well as other national clients.

With a fun/positive style he is able to facilitate training programmes and analyse business performance in an efficient/effective manner.

Through his experience he brings the retail knowledge required to give clients practical advice to improve their business.


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Retail Operations

Andy has over thirty years' retail experience in a variety of retail disciplines: namely general merchandise, apparel, the building industry, specialist jewellery retail and outdoor power equipment.
As a retail consultant, he has worked with some of New Zealand's leading retailers and has both local and international experience.Andy has a business degree in Human Resource Management.
Andy currently works in the areas of individual and group management development, customer service and selling, channel to market strategies, retail business planning, visual merchandising and promoting and marketing retail businesses.




Elaine.jpgElaine McMeeking - Consultant

People Development

Elaine started Retail Training (formally McMeeking Training and Development) around fifteen years ago. She continues to work with many of New Zealand's leading Retailers in the areas of training program design and facilitation, leadership skills development, customer service, performance management, management development and coaching.

Elaine has an Honours degree in Training Management. She has over twenty five years' experience in Retail Learning and Development. Her experience is both local and international.






Robert2.jpgRobert Bryce

Retail and People Development

Robert has 11 years operational experience in FMCG running successful business units. This has been followed by over twenty years developing people to be great retailers for the Foodstuffs organisation. Robert was responsible for running the Foodstuffs Owner Operator Training Programme for 10 years and has seen many successful retailers come through this programme. He is passionate about developing people, particularly developing leadership skills, and is an experienced coach at executive level. Robert is an experienced facilitator and has presented internationally on leadership development. 






Nikki Hommes

People Development

Nikki’s training & facilitation career has spanned the hospitality, financial services, reinsurance, and retail industries in South Africa, Mauritius, and New Zealand.  

Nikki has formal qualifications in Hospitality, Life, Executive & Workplace Coaching, Training & Facilitation, and Business. During her years of working within the Financial Services Industry she achieved an MBA, with a dissertation focusing on ‘Coaching and Mentoring in the Workplace’  

Nikki is involved in development of training frameworks, design of content and facilitation of programmes and ROI to business. Her field of training ranges from sales, management and leadership disciplines supported by coaching, to TetraMap facilitation (Behavioural Performance Profiling). As a facilitator Nikki brings fun to interactive and application-based learning sessions that will stimulate you, make you want to know more and return to work and ACT! Your ideas, current practices and thoughts will be challenged – stretching you a little further than you thought you could go.


Other facilitators.

Other suitable training facilitators are introduced according to the specialist nature of the assignment

Contact Us:

John Kothe. Director: Business Development, Sales and Marketing.

Office:    +64 9 473 6929
Mobile:   +6427 447 3692
Craig Bishop-Everett. Retail Consulting and Facilitation

Office:     +64 9 473 6929
Mobile:    +6421 294 3810