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.

Michael Pilbrow

Michael Pilbrow lives and works in the Yass Valley, NSW. Michael is a passionate advocate for rural and regional Australia, having served as President of the Yass Valley Business Chamber and his Yass-based business winning Outstanding Employer of Choice Award for the Far South Coast Region in the NSW Business Awards.

Michael has 16 years’ experience in supporting cooperative development. Michael co-founded the National Health Cooperative, Australia’s largest primary health-care co-operative, with around 32,000 active members. Michael has supported co-operative development and advised consumer and producer groups across a range of sectors in regional Australia, including aged care, childcare, sport and agriculture.

Through his consultancy business, Michael helps clients develop strategies, engage with communities and members, prepare for adverse events and strengthen governance. Recent clients include a rural council, a rural village association, a regional business group and the CSIRO.

Antony McMullen

Antony is an expert co-operative developer committed to building local prosperity for the common good. His passion for good governance is recognised through his designation as Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

He has worked with a range of rural, regional and farming communities in diverse areas including economic development (including Indigenous), food trails, orchards, beef and organics across Australia.

Antony co-drafted the BCCM Co-operative and Mutual Enterprise best-practice governance framework and he holds qualifications in social impact (social entrepreneurship), community development and co-operative leadership.

Through Co-operative Bonds, Antony provides education and development services to start-up co-operative and mutual enterprises designed to facilitate informed decision-making and self-reliance.

Antony has helped develop and co-found several co-operatives, serving on co-operatives boards as both Secretary and Chair, so he understands the benefits and challenges of the co-operative business model first hard.

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.

Moira Were

Based in South Australia, Moira has expertise in providing support to those working in regional Australia, particular when it comes to the formation of co-operatives. She is the founder of the Hen House Coop, a Director of Scope Global and a Director of Ethical Fields.

She has experience in assisting with member engagement, reporting and governance development, business model development and impact measurement. She has  extensive strategic and operational experience in the not-for-profit community sector and in government at state, regional, national & international levels. Moira received an Australian honour in 2019 (AM) for her significant service to the community of South Australia.

Moira is passionate about inclusion, diversity and alignment with Sustainable Development Goals, bringing this perspective to the development of governance, engagement and reporting for impact.

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.

Doug Robertson

Doug is a corporate/commercial lawyer with many years experience as a partner at a number of Australia’s major national law firms.

Raised on a rural property in Victoria, Doug has always retained a keen interest in rural affairs , and has been recognised in the Best Lawyers in Australia for work in agriculture, rural affairs and corporate law.

Doug has acted for some of Australia’s most significant agribusiness organisations and primary producers involved in various sectors including  dairy, viticulture, afforestation, seeds, wool and meat. He also has over 25 years’ experience acting for Australian co-operatives (pure and hybrid) on capital structuring, governance and fundraising. He has  assisted these organisations to establish offshore ventures (including in South America and Asia).

Doug has also acted for some of Australia’s largest public research organisations involved in R&D projects directed towards Australian agriculture. Doug has presented many papers at various agribusiness, wine, and co-operative forums in both Australia and New Zealand.