Gillian Franklin

Gillian Franklin

Managing Director , The Heat Group
Non Executive Director, Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix
Non Executive Director, Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association of Australia (CTFA)
Non Executive Director, Melbourne Theatre Company
Non Executive Director, Accord

Current Positions

Managing Director , The Heat Group
Non Executive Director, Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix
Non Executive Director, Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association of Australia (CTFA)
Non Executive Director, Melbourne Theatre Company
Non Executive Director, Accord


Previous Positions

Directorship, Microsurgery Foundation
Directorship, CEDA

Areas of Expertise

Business Business Practice / Management, Governance, Service and Retail, Social and Environmental Responsibility, Women in Business

Biography

Gillian Franklin is one of Australia's most innovative marketers with a passion and commitment to supporting women in business. She is Managing Director of her own company The Heat Group Pty Ltd, one of Australia's leading personal care companies and is an accomplished Company Director.

During the eleven years that The Heat Group has been in operation, Gillian has grown the company from five employees working out of a coffee shop, to a robust, well resourced company of around 100 employees, complete with its own warehouse and distribution facility, currently distributing some of the world's leading cosmetic brands.

The portfolio includes Max Factor and COVERGIRL (from Procter & Gamble), Bourjois, Essence and The Heat Group's own brands Ulta3 and Billie Goat Soap.

Under Gillian's leadership, sales of Max Factor and COVERGIRL have increased 86 per cent in Australia, in a market that has only grown by half that rate in the same period. Both Max Factor and COVERGIRL now rank in the top five brands in the Australian cosmetic market, while Ulta3 is the number 1 nail brand in Australia contributing to The Heat Group's turnover of approximately $130 million retail sales.

Gillian has previously held Managing Director and General Management positions for some of Australia's leading consumer companies, including Creative Brands (owners of Australis and Le Tan) and Revlon. Gillian was influential in shaping the lives of young women when she created and launched the Australis Self Made Girl workshops, designed to motivate and inspire young women to seek financial independence.

Gillian continues to be passionate about supporting women and is a highly regarded and frequent speaker on women's issues, regularly polling Australian women on key issues affecting their lives.

In addition to running her own business, Gillian is on the Board of the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association of Australia (CTFA), ACCORD, the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix and TFS Corporation and MTC (Melbourne Theatre Company). She has formerly held Directorships on the Microsurgery Foundation, Neopec and CEDA.

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