The Adara Panel Member structure brings together some of Australia’s most senior leaders in investment banking. Our Panel Members have worked on many of the largest and most critical assignments in our nation’s corporate history. As Adara Panel Members, they provide wise counsel and senior advice to our clients, with their time, effort and expertise donated to Adara Partners. This allows for maximum generation of profits to support people living in poverty in the developing world.

Our clients have access to the combined expertise of a minimum of two Panel Members who are engaged together on each assignment. The depth and diversity of experience and seniority of our Panel Members, working together, is unparalleled.

Supporting the efforts of our Panel Members is an experienced in-house Adara team of financial services professionals. We are also proud to host an Advisory Council of highly experienced social capital investors, experienced non-executive directors and industry professionals.

PANEL MEMBERS

  • ILANA ATLAS AO

    Founding Panel Member

    ILANA ATLAS AO

    ILANA ATLAS AO

    Founding Panel Member

    Ilana is a non-executive director of ANZ Banking Group Limited, Origin Energy and the Scentre Group. She is Chairman of Jawun and on the Board of the Paul Ramsay Foundation and Paul Ramsay Holdings Pty Ltd. Ilana was also a Fellow of the Senate of Sydney University. Her last executive role was Group Executive, People, at Westpac, where she was responsible for human resources, corporate affairs and sustainability. Prior to that role, she was Group Secretary and General Counsel. Before her 10-year career at Westpac, Ilana was a partner in law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now known as King & Wood Mallesons). In addition to her practice in corporate law, she held a number of management roles in the firm including Executive Partner, People and Information, and Managing Partner.

  • Catherine Brenner

    Founding Panel Member

    Catherine Brenner

    Catherine Brenner

    Founding Panel Member

    BEc LLB MBA

    Catherine is a deeply experienced company director, having served in the past 17 years on the boards of companies including Coca-Cola Amatil Limited, Boral Limited, AMP Limited and other public and private organisations in the mining, financial services, property, biotech, logistics, visual and performing arts, education and government sectors. Catherine also currently sits on the board of The George Institute for Global Health, Australian Schools Plus and other not-for-profit initiatives. She has previously served as a member of the Takeovers Panel. Catherine was a Managing Director, Investment Banking at ABN AMRO having previously worked at BZW and starting her career as a corporate lawyer.

  • Andrew Best

    Panel Member

    Andrew Best

    Andrew Best

    Panel Member

    Andrew is a senior financial services executive with deep international and domestic experience across banking and financial markets, with a particular focus on mergers & acquisitions (M&A) and capital markets. He has advised large Australian and international financial institutions across M&A and capital markets on over A$30bn of M&A transactions, over A$20bn of equity capital markets issuance and US$50+ billion international and domestic DCM issuance since 2004. Andrew was Managing Director and Head of Investment Banking of J.P. Morgan Australia from 2017 to February 2020. Prior to this role, Andrew was Head of the Financial Institutions and Government & Pension Fund Coverage for Australia from 2004. He has over 30 years banking and advisory experience and worked internationally with J.P. Morgan in Hong Kong, Singapore and London for 10 years before returning to Australia in early 2004. Andrew has served on the boards of Ord Minnett Limited and the Ascham Foundation.

  • Tim Burroughs

    Panel Member

    Tim Burroughs

    Tim Burroughs

    Panel Member

    Tim has been a mergers and acquisition advisor for over 30 years. He was most recently Chairman of Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs Australia where he worked for 11 years. Previously he studied and taught Psychology at Macquarie University, was Chairman of Mergers and Acquisitions at Merrill Lynch Australia and a principal of Centaurus Corporate Finance, a leading independent advisory firm.

    He has specialised in providing strategic financial advice to major corporations and their boards within the context of long term relationships. He has advised on capital restructures, capital raisings and more than 100 public company acquisitions.

    He has served on the councils of both Ascham School and Cranbrook School and chaired the Cranbrook Foundation. He has undergraduate degrees from Cambridge University and is a Chartered Accountant.

  • Guy Fowler

    Founding Panel Member

    Guy Fowler

    Guy Fowler

    Founding Panel Member

    Guy is the Executive Chairman of Barrenjoey Capital Partners. He is the former Chairman of Corporate Client Solutions for UBS Australasia. He was with UBS for nearly 25 years.

    Guy has advised a wide range of ASX listed companies and governments, including Westfield, AMP, Westpac, Fairfax and GPT. He advised the Australian Government on the privatisation of Telstra and the Queensland Government on the IPO of QR National. Guy has advised on well over 100 capital raisings worth over $150bn.

  • David Friedlander

    Panel Member

    David Friedlander

    David Friedlander

    Panel Member

    David is the Head of Australian Public Mergers & Acquisitions at King & Wood Mallesons and works across Sydney and Melbourne.

    He is consistently ranked as one of Australia’s top M&A and equity capital markets lawyers. David regularly acts for both bidders and targets in takeovers and issuers and underwriters in securities offerings. He has also worked on the defence side of several high-profile shareholder activist campaigns. He is a member of several key corporate law bodies and a former member of the Takeovers Panel.

    In 2019, David was awarded AFR’s ‘Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year 2019 – Mergers and Acquisitions’.

  • Graham Goldsmith AO

    Panel Member

    Graham Goldsmith AO

    Graham Goldsmith AO

    Panel Member

    Graham is currently Chairman of SEEK Limited and Deputy Chairman of Djerriwarrh Investments Limited, both ASX listed. Graham worked with Goldman Sachs Australia from 1987 to 2012. From 2001 to 2010 Graham headed, and later co-headed, the Equity Capital Markets team and the broader Financing Group of the firm. During that time he worked on and led numerous capital raising and general advice mandates for clients ranging from governments to ASX100 and smaller corporate clients. At the time of his retirement Graham was Vice Chairman of the firm in Australia and a member of the Goldman Sachs & Co Asia Capital Committee. He was previously Chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology and is a board member on a number of private family businesses.

  • DAVID GONSKI AC

    Founding Panel Member

    DAVID GONSKI AC

    DAVID GONSKI AC

    Founding Panel Member

    David is Chancellor of the University of New South Wales, President of the Art Gallery of NSW Trust, Non-Executive Chairman of Barrenjoey Capital Partners Group Holdings Pty Limited, Chairman of Sydney Airport Limited and Chairman of the UNSW Foundation Ltd. He is a member of the board of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, a non-executive Member of LeapFrog Investment’s Global Leadership Council, a Patron of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and Raise Foundation. He was previously Chairman of the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd, Chair of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools for the Commonwealth Government of Australia. He was also a member of the Takeovers Panel, the ASIC External Advisory Panel and Director of Singapore Airlines Limited, the Westfield Group and Singapore Telecommunications Limited, Chairman of Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd, the Australian Securities Exchange Ltd, the Sydney Theatre Company, the Guardians of the Future Fund, the Australia Council for the Arts, the Board of Trustees of Sydney Grammar School and Investec Bank (Australia) Ltd.

  • Matthew Grounds AM

    Founding Panel Member

    Matthew Grounds AM

    Matthew Grounds AM

    Founding Panel Member

    Matthew is Executive Chairman of Barrenjoey Capital Partners. He was previously Chief Executive Officer and Country Head of UBS Australasia. With more than 25 years’ investment banking experience, Matthew is one of Australia’s leading corporate advisors and has been responsible for a number of landmark transactions for major Australian and international companies. Matthew is Chairman of Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, a member of the University of New South Wales Council and director and Hearts and Minds Investments Limited.

  • Christian Johnston

    Panel Member

    Christian Johnston

    Christian Johnston

    Panel Member

    Christian is the Chair of Goldman Sachs Australia and New Zealand. He has more than 25 years’ experience as a corporate advisor, including more than 10 years as Head of Investment Banking for Goldman Sachs in Australia and New Zealand. Christian specialises in mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions. He is a partner of Goldman Sachs and a member of the Asia Pacific Management Committee and the Australia and New Zealand Operating Committee. Christian is also a member of the Takeovers Panel, the Ormond College Council and the Melbourne Cricket Club Committee.

  • Diccon Loxton

    Founding Panel Member

    Diccon Loxton

    Diccon Loxton

    Founding Panel Member

    Diccon is one of Australia’s leading banking and finance lawyers. Diccon is now senior finance counsel at Allens Linklaters having worked there as a partner for 30 years, in that time working on some of Australia’s largest corporate finance transactions. He is the former president of the Banking & Financial Law Association, Chair of the Australian Museum Foundation, a former Governor of Ascham School Limited, a former director and current governor of WWF Australia and a former member of the Sydney University Law Foundation.

  • Mike Roche

    Panel Member

    Mike Roche

    Mike Roche

    Panel Member

    Mike has over 40 years’ experience in giving strategic and capital advice in the finance sector. He is a qualified actuary and has spent over 30 years in investment banking. Mike was Head of Mergers & Acquisitions for Deutsche Bank for 10 years until he stepped down as Chairman of M&A in 2016.

    Mike has advised on $50bn+ of infrastructure transactions over his career and a large number of transactions across most sectors. He has been a leading innovator in the capital raising space – having pioneered the hybrid capital market in the early 90’s, been part of the team that developed the instalment receipt and created the Fonterra Shareholders Fund.

    Mike was a member of the Takeover Panel for two terms 2008-2014. Mike is a Trustee Director of EISS Super and a director of Macquarie Group Limited, Macquarie Bank Limited, Wesfarmers Limited and Six Park Asset Management. He is also the co-founder of the Sally Foundation philanthropic fund.

  • TONY OSMOND

    Panel Member

    TONY OSMOND

    TONY OSMOND

    Panel Member

    Tony is Managing Director and Head of Banking, Capital Markets and Advisory at Citigroup. Tony has over 25 years’ experience in large and complex mergers, acquisitions and capital markets transactions in Australia, advising on over 100 situations and $100 billion of mergers & acquisitions and financing transactions. Prior to joining Citi in October 2010, Tony was an equity owner and Head of Industrials & Natural Resources and Head of Mergers & Acquisitions, Australasia at Goldman Sachs JBWere. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs JBWere, Tony worked in investment banking at UBS and Bankers Trust after commencing his career as a lawyer at Freehills. Tony is a member of The Takeovers Panel, Director of The Australian Ballet, Chairman of Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio and former Chairman of Orchestra Victoria.  He is a mentor with Kilfinan Australia.

  • CYNTHIA SCOTT

    Panel Member

    CYNTHIA SCOTT

    CYNTHIA SCOTT

    Panel Member

    Cynthia is Director, CEO’s office at Minderoo Foundation and Tattarang. Previously, Cynthia was the Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer at Scentre Group and Group Executive responsible for Telstra’s new businesses portfolio. Previous roles at Telstra include Group Managing Director of Strategic Finance (Strategy, M&A, Treasury and Investor Relations), and responsibility for Telstra’s international operations. Prior to Telstra, Cynthia spent over 20 years in investment banking, most recently at Barclays where her roles included Regional Head of Debt Capital Markets in Hong Kong and CEO of Australia/New Zealand. Cynthia was previously Chair of Foxtel, Telstra Ventures, and Autohome, a US$10bn NYSE listed Chinese technology company. She has also been a member of the Australia Advisory Board for Room to Read and served on the Board of the Sydney Women’s Fund.

  • Philippa Stone

    Panel Member

    Philippa Stone

    Philippa Stone

    Panel Member

    Philippa is the Joint Global Head of Equity Capital Markets at Herbert Smith Freehills. Philippa is consistently ranked as one of Australia’s top M&A and capital markets lawyers and specialises in equity and hybrid raisings and mergers and acquisitions, including public company M&A, negotiated transactions and privatisation work, and corporate reconstructions for listed companies, as well as corporate governance advice. Philippa won the Australian Deal Maker of the Year award at the ALB Australasian Law Awards in 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017, and is the only lawyer to have won this award seven times. She is also a member of the Takeovers Panel.

ADARA TEAM

  • Susan Burns

    General Counsel

    Susan Burns

    Susan Burns

    General Counsel

    Susan is the General Counsel for the Adara Group. Susan is also a director of both Adara Development (Uganda) and Adara Development (Australia). Susan has been with the Adara Group for 7 years. Prior to that, Susan worked for 22 years at the international law firm Allens with 15 of those years as a partner. Susan has an extensive background in corporate and commercial law, including funds management, equity capital markets and corporate governance. She holds a BA LLB (Hons) from the University of Sydney.

  • Melanie Champion

    Chief Operating Officer, Adara Group

    Melanie Champion

    Melanie Champion

    Chief Operating Officer, Adara Group

    Melanie is the Chief Operating Officer of the Adara Group. Melanie is a senior executive with extensive experience in managing and leading teams in the areas of finance, governance, compliance and operations. This experience has been gained through roles held in chartered accountancy firms, in corporate organisations in the advertising and communications industry, and in the not-for-profit sector. Melanie holds a Bachelor of Economics, with accounting and finance majors and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia & NZ (CA ANZ).

  • Audette Exel AO

    CEO, Adara Advisors, Adara Partners

    Founder and Chair, The Adara Group

    Audette Exel AO

    Audette Exel AO

    CEO, Adara Advisors, Adara Partners

    Founder and Chair, The Adara Group

    Audette Exel is the Founder of the Adara Group. The Adara Group is a global leader in bridging the worlds of financial services at the highest levels with the world of international development.

    Audette is the Chief Executive Officer of Adara’s two businesses, Adara Advisors and Adara Partners. The Adara businesses were established to help fund Adara’s health and education work with women and children in extreme poverty in some of the world’s remotest places. This work has been ongoing for more than two decades. To date, the Adara Group has had a profound impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in poverty.

    Adara Advisors is a private placement business. It represents global investment managers and raises capital from the Australian markets. Adara Partners is a boutique corporate advisory firm, providing independent and conflict free advice to Australian companies. Advisory services are provided by a Panel of the most well-known financial service advisors in Australia.  Adara Partners acts as a trusted advisor to boards and senior management of public and private companies, providing independent advice, second opinions, complex commercial problem solving and capital raising advice.

    From 2012 to September 2020 Audette was a Non-Executive Director and Member of the Risk and Nominations Committees of Suncorp Group Limited, an ASX 20 company. From 1999 – 2017 Audette was the Vice Chairman of the Board of Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association Trustee (Bermuda) Limited, one of the world’s largest Protection and Indemnity clubs in the shipping industry.

    Before establishing Adara, Audette was Managing Director of one of Bermuda’s three Banks, Bermuda Commercial Bank. She is one of the youngest women in the world to have run a publicly traded bank. During 1995 and 1996, Audette was also Chairman of the Bermuda Stock Exchange. From 1999 to 2005, Audette was on the Board of the Bermuda Monetary Authority, Bermuda’s central financial services regulator, and was Chair of its Investment Committee.

    Prior to joining Bermuda Commercial Bank, Audette practised as a lawyer specialising in international finance. She began her career with Allen, Allen and Hemsley in Sydney, Australia before joining the English firm of Linklaters & Paines, in their Hong Kong office. She is called to the Bars of New South Wales, Australia, England and Wales, and Bermuda.

    In 1995, Audette was elected a Global Leader for Tomorrow by The World Economic Forum. She was the recipient of the Economic Justice and Community Impact Award from the Young Presidents Organisation Social Enterprise Networks in 2010. In 2012, Audette won the Telstra NSW Commonwealth Bank Business Owner Award, and was the winner of the NSW Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award. She was also one of The Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in Australia in 2012. In 2013, Audette was awarded an honorary Order of Australia for “service to humanity through the establishment of the Adara Group to provide specialist care to women and children in Uganda and Nepal” and was recognised by Forbes as a “Hero of Philanthropy” in 2014. In 2015, Audette was inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame. She was a recipient of a World Class New Zealander Award in 2015. Audette was named Australia’s 2016 ‘Leading Philanthropist’ by Philanthropy Australia, and in 2017, was admitted to the New Zealand Hall of Fame for Women Entrepreneurs. In 2019 she received the YPO Global Impact Legacy Honour for her outstanding, lasting and replicable impact in the world.

  • Peter Graf

    Debt Specialist

    Peter Graf

    Peter Graf

    Debt Specialist

    Peter has more than 15 years’ experience in debt markets and corporate finance. He is the Head of Acquisition & Leveraged Finance for Credit Suisse in Australia & New Zealand. Peter supports Adara Partners on a pro-bono basis.

    Peter has arranged and advised on over $100 billion of debt market transactions for public and private companies across all industries. He has executed loans and bonds for companies in every major financing market globally. Prior to joining Credit Suisse Peter worked at Lazard and Deloitte, after starting his career at Bank of America in New York. Peter was a board member and Chairman of the charity SchoolAid Trust.

  • Kristos Kavrakoudis

    Research Associate

    Kristos Kavrakoudis

    Kristos Kavrakoudis

    Research Associate

    Kristos is a final year Commerce and Arts student majoring in banking, finance and
    Spanish. Prior to Adara he worked as a corporate finance intern at Enrizen Capital
    and a media analyst at Cato & Clive (formerly Cato & Clegg). In his different work
    environments Kristos has had particular exposure to deals in the agricultural,
    technology and infrastructure industries.

  • Rhys Overall

    EY Ambassador

    Rhys Overall

    Rhys Overall

    EY Ambassador

    Rhys joins Adara as a secondee from EY, where he is an Associate Director in the Real Estate Advisory Services Practice. Rhys has over 10 years’ experience in real estate advisory throughout the ASPAC region and brings significant experience across all property asset classes and sectors, with a focus on advising government and private sector clients with complex real estate requirements. Rhys holds a Bachelor of Property Economics from the University of Technology Sydney and is an Associate of the Australian Property Institute.

  • Richard Long

    Senior Commercial Advisor

    Richard Long

    Richard Long

    Senior Commercial Advisor

    Richard is a Principal in Deloitte’s M&A Advisory team.  Richard supports Adara Partners on an as-needed basis to provide hands-on support and expertise to Adara Partners’ clients. Richard has over 20 years’  investment banking experience encompassing M&A, capital raisings and equity  market research. Richard has extensive M&A experience across hostile and  negotiated transactions and significant experience dealing with strategic capital management matters. Prior to joining Deloitte, Richard led Citigroup’s local telecom, media & technology sector coverage following 10 years at Deutsche Bank as an equity analyst.

  • Andrea McCormick

    Director and Senior Advisor

    Andrea McCormick

    Andrea McCormick

    Director and Senior Advisor

    Before joining Adara, Andrea was a Director in the Corporate Tax Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Sydney. Andrea worked at PwC in Australia for nine years advising large companies on their corporate tax affairs, largely focused on acquisition and divestment work and group re-organisation projects. Andrea has been with the Adara Group for ten years and was formerly the Group Chief Operating Officer.  Andrea originally qualified as a lawyer in England, then as a chartered accountant in Scotland where she worked for PwC in both Glasgow and Edinburgh in the corporate tax division. Andrea has a Master’s degree in Law from Edinburgh University, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Scotland and is a Chartered Tax Advisor. Andrea is also a Director of Adara Advisors and Adara Development (Australia).

  • Laura Sampson

    Corporate Advisory Director

    Laura Sampson

    Laura Sampson

    Corporate Advisory Director

    Before joining Adara, Laura founded Sampson Ventures, an independent
    advisory business. Prior to this, Laura was at National Australia Bank for 14 years,
    where she led a team in the Global Institutional Bank providing corporate
    finance advice and funding to private and listed Australian and multinational
    corporates. Laura also has global markets and investing experience from roles in
    a boutique broking firm in Australia and at Goldman Sachs International in
    London. Laura has experience across several sectors, but has particular
    specialisations in the health, ageing and property sectors. Laura is a Graduate of
    the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Master of Financial
    Management from Macquarie Graduate school of Management.

  • Melissa Rourke

    Executive Assistant to the CEO

    Melissa Rourke

    Melissa Rourke

    Executive Assistant to the CEO

    Melissa is the Executive Assistant to Audette Exel, CEO.  Before joining Adara, Melissa was the Executive Assistant to the Chief Risk Officer and Chief General Counsel at Tal, a life insurance company.  In her career, Melissa has also worked in communications, event management and client service.

ADVISORY COUNCIL

  • John Atkinson

    Advisory Council Member

    John Atkinson

    John Atkinson

    Advisory Council Member

    John Atkinson is a Lawyer by profession and worked for leading law firms in Hong Kong, New York and Australia for many years. Since leaving the law John has founded a number of businesses in the technology, food, beverage and media sectors. Between 2005 and 2010, he was the Managing Director of White Energy Company Limited – an ASX listed company. John now runs a small private equity firm which has a highly skilled team of system architects, programmers, user design, user experience and product managers to create and grow technology led businesses with an emphasis on media and telemedicine opportunities.

  • Ilana Atlas

    Advisory Council Member

    Ilana Atlas

    Ilana Atlas

    Advisory Council Member

    Ilana Atlas is a non-executive director of ANZ Banking Group Limited, Coca-Cola Amatil Limited, Westfield Corporation Limited and Treasury Corporation of New South Wales. She is Chairman of The Bell Shakespeare Company and on the boards of the Human Rights Law Centre and Jawun Pty Limited. She is also a Fellow of the Senate of Sydney University.

    Her last executive role was Group Executive, People, at Westpac, where she was responsible for human resources, corporate affairs and sustainability. Prior to that role, she was Group Secretary and General Counsel. Before her 10 year career at Westpac, Ilana was a partner in law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now known as King & Wood Mallesons). In addition to her practice in corporate law, she held a number of management roles in the firm including Executive Partner, People and Information, and Managing Partner.

  • Suzi Carp

    Advisory Council Chair

    Suzi Carp

    Suzi Carp

    Advisory Council Chair

    Suzi Carp is a Director and co-founder of River Capital, a boutique investment management business that she began with her husband, Barry. Throughout her career which started in her family’s business, Smorgon Consolidated Industries, Suzi has always had a passion for community. She is involved with many charities, community groups and gatherings with a passion and focus on youth and mental health. Currently she is a director of Smiling Mind, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and is Chair of the Advisory Council at Adara Partners. Suzi is the very proud mother of Alyssa, Jade and Harry.

  • Heith Mackay-Cruise

    Advisory Council Member

    Heith Mackay-Cruise

    Heith Mackay-Cruise

    Advisory Council Member

    Heith is the independent non-executive Chair of hipages Group, the non-executive Chair of Literacy Planet and the non-executive Chair of the Vision Australia Foundation. He is non-executive director of the ASX listed Bailador Technology Investments and ASX listed LifeHealthcare Group. In addition, he is non-executive director of Academic Colleges Group in New Zealand. Heith is also a member of the Adara Partners Advisory Council.

    In Heith’s prior executive career, he was the founding CEO of Sterling Early Education, the Global CEO of Study Group and CEO for PBL Media New Zealand. Heith also held senior executive positions with Australian Consolidated Press and worked in sales and marketing roles for PepsiCo around Australia.

    Heith has a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of New England and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He lives in Sydney with his wife and three children.

  • Tony (Antony) Robinson

    Advisory Council Member

    Tony (Antony) Robinson

    Tony (Antony) Robinson

    Advisory Council Member

    An experienced company director and Chief Executive Officer, Tony has significant expertise and experience across a number of industries including banking, financial services, telecommunications, and transport.

    Tony has worked both in Australia and overseas and both at the executive level and the non-executive director level.

    Tony is presently a director of two ASX listed entities being Bendigo & Adelaide Bank limited and OnCard Limited and holds a number of Directorships of private companies including River Capital Limited. Tony’s previous executive roles included Managing Director of IOOF Limited and OAMPS Limited.

  • George Wahby

    Advisory Council Member

    George Wahby

    George Wahby

    Advisory Council Member

    George is a proven CEO and Board Director with a track record of achieving results via financial discipline, inspiring leadership and a strong focus on strategy, innovation, business partnerships and customer engagement.

    George is currently CEO and Director of Bras N Things.

    George was previously the Australian Government appointed Chairman of Wine Australia Corporation, Vice President of the Winemakers Federation, Director of Liquor Merchants Association, Director of Angove Wine and sat on a number of advisory Boards across Media, Cosmetics and Agricultural sectors in Australia.

    He was the former Chief Executive Officer and Director of McWilliam’s Wines Group Ltd, the second largest privately owned wine business in Australia. As CEO of McWilliam’s Wines he delivered the largest EBIT in the history of the business during the most difficult trading environment seen in the wine industry. He also established a global distribution network with E&J Gallo, the world’s biggest wine company based in the USA and understands the drivers of a global distribution business.

    George has previously working for large multi-nationals Philips and Bristol Myers Squibb, within the finance and commercial disciplines. He has extensive experience within the Retail, Liquor, FMCG, Distribution and Medical sectors.

    George is a Fellow Certified Practicing Accountant (FCPA), Chartered Secretary (ICSA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors Course (FAICD). George also holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting/Business Law) degree from the University of Technology Sydney and has attended the General Managers Program (GMP) at Harvard Business School.

    George has also been actively involved in various industry bodies. He has the upmost integrity and freely gives up his time as a Council member of Ravenswood School for Girls. George is also an active member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Sydney Chapter and has lectured part time in Strategy at the Australian Catholic University (ACU).

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Audette Exel ao

    CEO, Adara Advisors, Adara Partners

    Founder, Director and Chair, The Adara Group

    Audette Exel ao

    Audette Exel ao

    CEO, Adara Advisors, Adara Partners

    Founder, Director and Chair, The Adara Group

    Audette is the founder of the Adara Group and CEO of Adara Advisors and Adara Partners. She is also the Founder and Chair of Adara Development.

    Before establishing Adara, Audette was Managing Director of one of Bermuda’s three Banks, Bermuda Commercial Bank. She is one of the youngest women in the world to have run a publicly-traded bank. During 1995 and 1996, Audette was also Chairman of the Bermuda Stock Exchange. From 1999 to 2005, Audette was on the Board of the Bermuda Monetary Authority, Bermuda’s central financial services regulator, and was Chair of its Investment Committee.

    Prior to joining Bermuda Commercial Bank, Audette practised as a lawyer specialising in international finance. She began her career with Allen, Allen and Hemsley in Sydney, Australia before joining the English firm of Linklaters & Paines, in their Hong Kong office. She is called to the Bars of New South Wales, Australia, England and Wales and Bermuda.

    Audette is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association Trustee (Bermuda) Limited. Steamship Mutual is one of the world’s largest Protection and Indemnity clubs for the shipping industry. Audette is also a Non-Executive Director of Suncorp Group Limited, an ASX 20 company.

    Audette is internationally recognised for her work to bridge the worlds of finance with philanthropy. In 1995, Audette was elected a Global Leader for Tomorrow by The World Economic Forum. She was the recipient of the Economic Justice and Community Impact Award from the Young Presidents Organisation Social Enterprise Networks in 2010. In 2012, Audette won the Telstra 2012 NSW Commonwealth Bank Business Owner Award, and was the winner of the 2012 NSW Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award. She is also one of The Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in Australia in 2012. In 2013, Audette was awarded an honorary Order of Australia for “service to humanity through the establishment of the Adara Group to provide specialist care to women and children in Uganda and Nepal” and was recognised by Forbes as a “Hero of Philanthropy” in 2014. In 2015, Audette was inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Hall of Fame.

  • Andrea McCormick

    Director and Senior Advisor

    Andrea McCormick

    Andrea McCormick

    Director and Senior Advisor

    Andrea is the Senior Advisor of Adara Advisors and Adara Partners. She is also a director of both these entities.

    Before joining Adara, Andrea was a Director in the Corporate Tax Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Sydney. Andrea worked at PwC for nine years advising large companies on their corporate tax affairs, largely focused on acquisition and divestment work and group re-organisation projects. Andrea originally qualified as a lawyer in England, then as a chartered accountant in Scotland where she worked for PwC in both Glasgow and Edinburgh in the corporate tax division. Andrea has a Master’s degree in Law from Edinburgh University, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Scotland and is a Chartered Tax Advisor.