GM Community Relations, The Warehouse Group
Shari French has been with The Warehouse Group since 1998. She began her career managing retail stores, progressing into a role developing leaders within the business. In her current role as GM Community Relations, Shari is responsible for developing strategic community partnerships and initiatives to support the Group’s vision of helping Aotearoa flourish.
Shari is passionate about the community, and has had a key focus on developing youth throughout her entire career. She led the evolution of The Warehouse’s innovative Red Shirts in Schools programme, which sees around 2,000 students in year 11-13 experiencing what it’s like to work in a fast-paced workplace, gaining valuable insight into retail while also earning credits towards their NCEA level 2 qualification. More recently she has established the pilot of Red Shirts in Community, in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development, which expands the programme to support 16-24 year olds not in education, employment or training. Shari is well-respected within the community sector and regularly consults and contributes to thought-leadership around innovation in youth development and education for not-for-profits, corporates and government.
The Warehouse Group is continually recognised as a leader in corporate social responsibility, having recently won their third BACS Good Business Egg award in the space of five years and holding a top 5 position in the AMR Corporate Reputation Index. Shari believes that collaboration and innovation is fundamental to ensuring a better future for our young people – enabling greater social and economic impact for New Zealand.
Outside of work, Shari loves to travel and takes every opportunity to spend time with her husband and two children, supporting them to develop the skills they need to become successful and contributing members of society.