Management Team

Eric Morris
Managing Director and CEO
Eric Morris has been CEO since the inception of The PAS Group in 2005 and has led nine of the Group’s acquisitions and the successful integration of the Group’s businesses. Eric has over 36 years’ industry experience having held senior executive positions in both major international and national companies.
Eric was recruited to Australia by Myer where he held the inaugural position of General Manager of the Private Brand Division responsible for the creation and launch of a number of the successful Myer brands in the market today.
Prior to joining Myer, Eric spent 14 months at Walt Disney International as Regional Director, Softlines for Asia Pacific based in Hong Kong. Prior to this, Eric spent eight years with Reebok International where he held the position of Regional Director Asia Pacific (based in Hong Kong), Regional Director Africa Middle East and Director and General Manager Reebok South Africa.
Prior to joining Reebok International, Eric held various senior management positions and obtained significant experience covering retail, wholesale/supply, licensing, manufacturing and distribution.
Peter Venter
Chief Operations Officer
Peter Venter joined The PAS group in November 2017 as Chief Operations Officer. Peter has 32 years of retail industry experience across diverse retail formats with an emphasis on specialty fashion apparel and footwear.
Peter’s career has covered general management roles across both hard and soft goods covering merchandise, planning, marketing, logistics, finance, production and strategy within a broad range of retail formats and vertical groups and disciplines both in Australia and internationally.
Before joining The PAS Group Peter held the position of COO at Jeanswest where he was responsible for Merchandise Planning, IT, logistics, E-commerce, Loyalty & International business. In Australia senior general management roles held have been at Anaconda, Target, PayLess shoes and The Warehouse Group, as well as various senior merchandise planning roles at David Jones and Katies. Peter has a strong merchant mentality and a deep interest and expertise in merchandise systems development, procedures and ecommerce and experience in driving organizational change.
Prior to moving to Australia in 1995 Peter held merchandise management positions at Woolworths and The Foschini Group in South Africa, as well as Management Accounting, Sales and Production Management roles at Pepkor and Kholer Packaging after completing 2 years’ military service.
Peter has a management accounting qualification from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (RSA).
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Rachel Digby
General Manager, Black Pepper
Rachel Digby joined Black Pepper in 2005 as Design Manager and has since successfully grown the Breakaway, Black Pepper, Yvonne Black and Equus brands and led the expansion of the retail channel for Black Pepper across Australia and New Zealand.
Rachel’s early career commenced in South Africa as a Buyer for Edgars and she was then approached to join David Jones in 1998 as Womenswear Buyer across multiple categories where she was instrumental in developing the David Jones house brand program.
Rachel has extensive industry experience across both product and retail as well as a broad understanding of the mainstream Womenswear sector. In September 2013 Rachel was appointed to the role of General Manager of Black Pepper.
Anthea Phelps
General Manager, Yarra Trail and Marco Polo
Anthea Phelps has over 30 years of industry experience, having begun her career with Myer as a buyer for Sportswear. This was followed by roles at David Jones as a Group Fashion Adviser, Fashion Controller at Georges, and Wholesale Manager (NSW and QLD) for Country Road.  In 1996 Anthea was recruited to develop the Womenswear range for Yarra Trail.
After departing from Yarra Trail in 2004, Anthea was recruited as General Manager for Stitches and four years later commenced as General Manager for Sundays Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of the Voyager Group. In 2009 Anthea rejoined Yarra Trail as General Manager. In late 2012 the Marco Polo brand was added to Anthea’s portfolio.