Executive Management Team

Mark Allison

Mark Allison

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

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

Mark joined Elders Limited as a Non-Executive Director in December 2009 and was appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in May 2014. Between July 2013 and May 2014 he served as Elders' Executive Chairman and then Chairman. Mark's 35-year agribusiness career spans manufacturing, supply and distribution businesses.

Former senior roles include the positions of Managing Director with Farmoz Pty Ltd, Wesfarmers Landmark Limited, Wesfarmers CSBP Limited and CropCare Australia. He is currently Chair of both Agribusiness Australia and AuctionsPlus, and a Non-Executive Director of Graingrowers Limited.

Mark oversaw the development and implementation of Elders' Eight Point Plan in 2014 which returned the Company to pure play agribusiness and resulted in the first shareholder distribution in nearly a decade. The current strategic Eight Point Plan runs to 2020, with the aim of achieving earnings growth of 5-10% with a sustainable return on capital over the full agricultural cycle.

Richard Davey

Richard Davey

Chief Financial Officer

B.Ec Acc, FCA, AMP (HBS)

Richard has more than 17 years with Elders, 7 years as Chief Financial Officer. In addition to 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. Until recently he also had operational responsbility for the feed and processing area of the business.

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 28 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.

James Cornish

James Cornish

General Manager Network & Northern

DipBusM, AMP (HBS)

Since 2011 James has overseen the West Zone branch network as General Manager West. He was appointed General Manager Network & Northern in October 2019. This role will see James lead the national branch network and take on the Zone General Manager role for the North Zone.

With more than 24 years’ experience in agribusiness, James has worked across a range of locations and products throughout Elders. Over the past 12 months, James has successfully integrated numerous acquistions, has achieved significant growth and excellent EBIT performance in the West.

Malcolm Hunt

Malcolm Hunt

Zone General Manager South

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’ Zone 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 to 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 13 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 include maintaining an engaged and enabled workforce, investment in learning and development programs, creating a diverse and inclusive workforce, and building on the pride in the pink shirt. Notable achievements include refreshing the learning and development framework to ensure people are equipped with the relevant skills and technical expertise to do their job; and the refresh of our Employee Value Proposition aimed at promoting Elders as a great place to work to drive retention and attraction of high calibre staff.

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 & Financial Services

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

General Manager Agency since 2014, David was appointed General Manager Agency & Financial Services in October 2019 and is responsible for product strategy and implementation across the livestock, wool, grain and financial services product suite.

David’s background in agricultural production, agri-finance and operations mean he is well positioned to lead product development across all parts of the agency and financial services buisnesses.  David sists on the boards of our joint venture partners StockCo, Elders Insurance and Clear Grain Exchange.

Liz Ryan

Liz Ryan

General Manager Strategy, Customer & Digital

BCom/DipArts, MBA (Cambridge), GAICD

Liz was appointed General Manager Strategy, Customer and Digital in October this year, which will provide us clear focus on the Elders strategy beyond the Eight Point Plan in 2020. With dedicated attention to the customer experience across all channels integrated with digital solutions, marketing and strategy, Liz is excited for the challenge.

Liz joined Elders in 2016 as General Manager Financial Services, and during her tenure in this role she led the Rural Bank contract renegotiation, StockCo and Elders Insurance equity acquisitions and the new Livestock in Transit delivery warranty launch. Financial Services contribution to Elders earnings has grown significantly during this period. Prior to Elders, Liz worked in the management consulting sector and across strategy and business development roles at General Electric.

 

Kiim Lim

Kiim Lim

General Manager Business Development

BCom, CPA

Kiim commenced with Elders in March 2006 in various roles within the finance team prior to leading the Business Development function as General Manager Business Development in 2018.

This year, Kiim has successfully lead the completion of many acquisitions including Australian Independent Rural Retailers (AIRR), Livestock and Wool in Transit delivery warranty, various retail, agenda and real estate bolt-ons and the wind down of the Indonesian beef retail business. Prior to Elders, Kiim's career included working with PricewaterhousCoopers for 5 years in Penang, Malaysia and Adelaide.

 

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.

Malcolm Hunt

Richard Norton

General Manager Rural Supplies

Grad Dip Business, MBA, GAICD International, Licenced Real Estate, Stock & Station and Business Agent NSW

Richard joined Elders as General Manager Network in January 2019 and has been appointed to General Manager Rural Supplies from October 2019 to maximise synergies across warehousing and distribution, management of patents, leverage supplier relationships and lead our advisor network, Thomas Elder Institute and Thomas Elder Consulting. Richard comes from a fifth generation beef and sheep farming family from Monaro, NSW and has over 20 years industry experience as a stock agent and auctioneer.

Richard has held the position of Managing Director Meat & Livestock Australia and has held executive positions in retail, manufacturing, logistics and warehousing with Woolworths, Coca-Cola, Wesfarmers and Toll Holdings. Richard was a non-executive director of Agrium Asia Pacific, the Australian Wheat Board, RD1 New Zealand and Australian Wool Handlers. He was head of Live Export and International Trade and subsequently Managing Director of Landmark Operations Australia as well as holding the position of Chairman of Integrated Traceability Solutions (Global) and AuctionsPlus. Richard is a non-executive director of Rifa Salutary and Rifa Investments, a privately owned Australian pastoral company.

Nick Fazekas

Nick Fazekas

Zone General Manager West

BAppSc – Ag

Nick has more than 28 years of experience in agricultural services. Since 2014 he has lead the Retail function as General Manager Retail. Having focussed on overseeing the strategy and procurement functions for the wider Elders retail business he is well placed to lead the West Zone to support the delivery of greater revenue and margin. Nick was appointed Zone General Manager West in October 2019 . 

Nick is excited about the opportunity to provide further direction to the West and is particularly focussed on increasing the Elders footprint through additional acquisitions across all product groups.

Nick's initial focus will be spending time in the field with staff and clients to gain valuable feedback on increasing our service offering and building on our existing client base.

Nick Clark

Nick Clark

General Manager Business Improvement

BCom, CA, GAICD

Nick was appointed General Manager Business Improvement in October 2019. He joined Elders in 2010, becoming Group Financial Controller in 2013. In that role, Nick showed an affinity for driving continuous improvement across both the finance function and the general business. His achievements include leading the successful implementation of enhanced retail rebate software, and an upgraded sales performance measurement tool. Nick’s current priorities relate to the successful design, implementation and execution of efficiency gains and improvements across Elders’ systems, processes, employee capabilities, and customer experience.

Bernard Seals

Bernard Seal

Zone General Manager Central

BBus, Registered Land Agent (SA)

Bernard joined the executive team as General Manager Central Zone in October 2019. Hailing from a wheat and sheep farm on the Eyre Peninsula, Bernard’s career began in the wool industry, before working as an Agribusiness Manager with the NAB in regional Victoria and Regional Manager for the Eastern Zone with Viterra. 

Bernard’s career with Elders spans 14 years, the last 7 as Operations Manager for the South Zone. With experience across multiple products and geographies, he is now responsible for leading the continued growth of the Central Zone.

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