Rohan Clarke

Rohan has 20 years’ experience in investment banking and 10 years’ experience in community development. He has worked with a range of organisations to engage their communities and solve their funding needs through leveraging measurable benefits to unlock government, philanthropic and impact investment.

Rohan is an expert in applying new platform technologies for growing co-operatives. He is Chair of the BCCM Platform Coop Taskforce, Co-Founder of Incubator.coop, Geddup and FairBnB Australia.

Rohan has worked with a range of farming cooperatives involved in organics, grain, beef, and hemp and with regional development organisations tasked with growing investment in local communities. His specialties include business plan development, forming co-operatives, engaging and aligning stakeholders and members, and structuring and raising the capital required to deliver growth.

Dr Elena Limnios

Dr Elena Limnios is an expert in Cooperative and Mutual Enterprise (CME) business models, governance, member engagement and finance. She has also co-developed and delivered Executive Leadership courses for CMEs through the Australian Institute of Management WA.

Elena holds a Masters in Engineering, an MBA and a PhD in organisational resilience metrics, the latter from UWA, where she served as Assistant Professor until 2017.

She is an experienced consultant in Strategy and Organisational change, and is a co-founder of a boutique property development and project management consulting business. She has business interests in diverse industries including real estate and property development, medical tourism, mining and education. And is an experienced board member and board advisor for member-owned enterprises, government entities and social enterprises.

Andrew Ward

Andrew Ward was raised in and around Moree (NSW) and now lives on the NSW Central Coast. Andrew has worked on various agriculture projects involving regenerative agriculture, holistic management / lanned grazing, co-operative brewing facilities, high tech vegetable processing and agricultural robotics.

He is also the treasurer of the New Economy Network of Australian (NENA) and co-founder and Director of Incubator.coop. He is also an independent director of the Crowd Funding Institute of Australia (CFIA).

Andrew is available to assist you with forming your co-operative, inluding communicating the business model and benefits to potential stakeholders, engaging members, business planning, financial management and reporting and performance measurement. He can also provide guidence on fundraising and farm advocacy, including supporting co-operatives to access capital.

Kevin Franey

Kevin is an audit and assurance partner at TNR with over 30 years’ experience in the provision of professional services to co-operatives and mutuals. During this time Kevin has played an active role servicing and supporting the co-operatives and mutuals sector.

Kevin provides a range of accounting, audit, risk management and advisory services, and is a member of the BCCM Accounting Advisory Group responsible for liaising with the Australian Accounting Standards Board on matters impacting co-operatives and mutuals.

He has expertise in the formation of co-operatives, risk management, financial and internal auditing, accounting, financial reporting and performance measurement.

Kevin is a chartered accountant, registered company auditor, certified internal auditor and risk management specialist.

Mark Ellem

Mark is a business services partner with over 20 years’ experience in the provision of professional services to co-operatives and mutuals. Mark services and supports a number of co-operatives and mutual, including through providing a range of accounting, business and taxation advisory services to co-operatives and mutuals. His specialist areas include business advisory and management, taxation advisory and planning, accounting and financial advisory, and co-operative formation.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and is a qualified chartered accountant and registered tax agent.

Peter Wells

Since 2004, Peter has served as the CEO of Co-operatives WA, the state peak body for co-operative entities. In this role he has advised and assisted steering committees through processes of business planning, writing rules and registering start-up co-operatives across various sectors including farming enterprises.

As the principal industry lead on the Industry Reference Group he advised the Western Australian government on drafting and the subsequent proclamation of the Co-operatives Act 2009. He also represented the industry in dealings with the government on amendments to the Act that enabled the WA legislation to be recognised as “corresponding co-operatives law” within the Co-operative National Law regime.

He has assisted established co-operatives in areas of director/executive education, measuring and communicating member value propositions, legislative compliance and corporate governance.

Peter also provided advisory services via the federal government funded Farm Co-operatives and Collaboration Farming Together Pilot Program.

Peter Cooke

Peter’ began his career farming in the Great Southern of WA in the mid ‘70s, which led to his appointment as CEO of grower-based organisation, the Kondinin Group, from 1988-97.

In 1997 Peter established an agricultural and information management consultancy Agknowledge, specialising in the development of agribusiness management. The business has a reputation for bringing clarity and depth of thinking to complex strategic situations and for identifying viable strategic pathways that will build long-term value.

Since 2000, Peter has been engaged in a range of board positions, including Landcorp, the WA government’s property development arm, and Landgate, the spatial information department. He has also served on the boards of not-for-profit agricultural industry and sporting organisations and several family farm boards.

With 20 years of consultancy work and an understanding of both the financial and regulatory sides of doing business, Peter is well equipped to deal with the challenges that come with managing agricultural projects.

Trent Bartlett

Trent has over 30 years of Board and CEO-level leadership experience​ in consumer-facing ASX listed public​ companies, large private companies, not-for-profit and for-purpose organisations.

He has worked across a wide range of industries including retail, exporting, manufacturing, automotive, banking, financial services, business services, insurance, travel, tourism, residential construction, agribusiness, packaging logistics and disability services.

His speciality is in customer-centric and member-owned and governed businesses, and he holds a number of current positions including Independent Professional Director of Co-operative​ Bulk​ Handling Group (CBH). He is also involved in the governance of a number of other co-operative and mutual organisations including Travellers Choice and Beyond Bank.