Executive Management Team

Mark Allison

Mark Allison

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

BAgrSc, BEcon, GDM, FAICD, AMP (HBS)

Appointed Elders’ Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in 2014, Mark joined the business with extensive experience spanning more than thirty five years in the agribusiness sector. He is a former Managing Director of Wesfarmers Landmark Limited and Wesfarmers CSBP Limited and current Executive Director of GrainGrowers Limited and Chairman of Agribusiness Australia. Mark introduced and implemented the Eight Point Plan which returned Elders to its core business offerings and resulted in the first shareholder distribution in nearly a decade. The second Eight Point Plan is on track to lead the business to 2020, with the goal of building a business that can withstand seasonal, market demand and commodity price vagaries as well as the impacts of a variable climate and production constraints.

Richard Davey

Richard Davey

Chief Financial Officer

B.Ec Acc, FCA, AMP (HBS)

Richard has more than 16 years with Elders, 6 years as Chief Financial Officer. In addition to be being responsible for finance, tax and treasury, Richard is also accountable for a significant part of the back office including information technology, indirect procurement accounts payable, credit and property. These areas consist a significant part of Elders’ head office costs, which the team has been successful in reducing by almost 25% since the commencement of the Eight Point Plan. Richard sits on a number of the Company’s joint venture boards, as well as quarterly boards for operational units, including the overseas entities. He has also managed operational responsibility for the feed and processing area for the past 2 years. Prior to joining Elders in 2002, Richard spent 7 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers in both Australia and Canada.

Peter Hastings

Peter Hastings

Company Secretary & General Counsel

BA, LLB, GDLP, FGIA, Grad Dip Applied Corporate Governance, GAICD

Peter is a highly experienced corporate lawyer with over 27 years’ experience, commencing as Elders Company Secretary & General Counsel in 2010. Peter is an integral member of the team that worked hard to protect shareholder interests through many years of financial distress and, subsequently, that has positioned Elders for growth, and implemented strategies to achieve this. Peter has responsibility for the Company’s legal and compliance, company secretarial and risk and safety functions.

Karen Ross

Karen Ross

General Manager Innovation, Digital & Brand

BCom, MAICD

Karen has an industrial relations background and most recently has moved into the digital and technical services field, having been the General Manager for Innovation, Digital & Brand since 2016. Karen is a key driver of the Thomas Elder Institute, providing a vehicle for Elders to collaborate with industry, suppliers and tertiary bodies to bring research, development and extension all into the one location.

James Cornish

James Cornish

General Manager – West Zone

DipBusM, AMP (HBS)

Since 2011 James has overseen the West Zone branch network as General Manager. With more than 23 years’ experience in agribusiness, James has worked across a range of locations and products throughout Elders. The West Zone has achieved significant growth over the past 5 years having doubled EBIT performance from FY13 – one of the most recent acquisitions for the West Zone involved successfully integrating Southern Districts Estate Agency in to the network.

Malcolm Hunt

Malcolm Hunt

General Manager – South Zone

GCM, SMDP (AGSM), Wool Classer, Licensed RE Agent VIC, NSW, TAS, ACT

With close to 40 years under his belt as a wool broker, stock & station agent and network manager, Malcolm has operated as Elders’ General Manager for the South Zone since 2012. Malcolm has led a key business unit that has played a significant role in Elders’ resurgence and has continued to expand the Elders footprint, whilst assisting producers increase the productivity and profitability of their businesses.

Olivia Richardson

Olivia Richardson

General Manager, People and Culture

BMgmt(Hons)

Olivia was appointed General Manager People and Culture in January 2018. Having been with Elders for 12 years, she is well acquainted with Elders people, appreciating that they are loyal and committed to doing the best for their communities. Olivia’s priorities includes investment in learning and development programs, maintaining a great organisational culture, and building on the pride in the pink shirt. Prior to Elders, Olivia has worked across Human Resources in FMCG, Financial Services and Telecommunications throughout Australia, the UK and Europe.

David Adamson

David Adamson

General Manager, Agency

MBus(Acct), BAgBus, GAICD, Cert Pastoral Production — Longreach Pastoral College

General Manager Agency since 2014, David is responsible for product strategy and implementation in the livestock, wool and grain businesses. David’s background in agricultural production, agri-finance and operations has provided the tools for product development across all parts of the agency business. An equity stake in both StockCo and Clear Grain Exchange have provided clients with more finance and marketing options for their livestock, wool and grain.

Liz Ryan

Liz Ryan

General Manager, Financial Services

MBA, BCom/DipArts, GAICD

Liz has significantly increased the financial services gross margin and equity earnings since commencing in the role as General Manager Financial Services in 2016. Employee engagement and enablement survey results have materially improved, which is also reflected in the excellent customer net promoter scores. Liz is passionate about helping Australian primary producers achieve their personal and business financial goals through Elders’ financial services offering.

Nick Fazekas

Nick Fazekas

General Manager, Retail

BAppSc – Ag

Nick has more than 27 years of experience in agricultural services. Since taking on the role of General Manger Retail in 2014, he has led his team in overseeing the strategy and procurement functions for the wider Elders retail business. In this period Nick and his team have been successful with the implementation of the Eight Point Plan Retail strategies. This has seen the Retail ROC lift from 6.9% in FY14 to 20.4% in FY18. Nick continues to focus on maintaining a capital light strategy while working with key suppliers to deliver greater retail revenue and margin. Future growth will also come from increasing the Retail footprint via strategic acquisitions; we have already seen success with the recent acquisitions of Ace Ohlsson and TitanAg which have assisted to drive improvement in Elders’ ROC metrics.

Tom Russo

Tom Russo

General Manager, Real Estate

LLB(Hons), BA, Grad Dip LP, Dip Prop Serv(Agency Mgt)

Tom has previously been the Chief Executive of a specialist international law firm and practiced as a corporate lawyer with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, complex contractual projects, corporate governance and intellectual property. Tom played a pivotal part in devising and implementing the turnaround strategy for Elders, including executing a number of large and complex divestment initiatives. Since assuming responsibility for the real estate product in 2016, Tom’s focus has been firmly on building the capability of the product team to deliver outstanding support to the real estate business to establish a foundation upon which to grow it. Tom has vastly improved the marketing, digital strategy and training capability in order to support the existing network and drive brand presence in all key markets.

Kiim Lim

Kiim Lim

General Manager, Business Development

BCom, CPA

Kiim began her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2001 in Penang, Malaysia and Adelaide. She commenced with Elders in March 2006 in various roles through the finance team prior to leading the Business Development function and becoming General Manager Business Development in 2018. Kiim has successfully completed many acquisitions including StockCo equity, Ace Ohlsson, Kerr & Co Livestock, TitanAg, and the divestment of live export and Indonesian feedlot and abattoir businesses.

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