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 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 Board of highly experienced social capital investors, experienced non-executive directors and industry professionals.

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 2 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. Before joining Adara, Melanie worked in the Marketing & Communications sector, holding various positions including General Manager and Group Finance Director. Melanie qualified as a chartered accountant, with what was then Price Waterhouse, in the Corporate Advisory Services division, before setting off to work in Derby, London and Guernsey. Melanie has a Bachelor of Economics, majoring in Finance and Accounting and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia.

  • Airlie Coates

    Executive Assistant to the CEO

    Airlie Coates

    Airlie Coates

    Executive Assistant to the CEO

    Airlie is the Executive Assistant to Audette Exel, CEO.  Before joining Adara, Airlie was the Executive Assistant to the Managing Director, Operations at UBS AG.  She has worked within the financial services sector for many years for companies such as American Express in London and Rabobank in New Zealand and Australia. She has also been the Office Manager at Ambac Assurance Corporation in the Sydney branch. Airlie’s experience has enabled her to work across a wide range of business areas including sales and marketing, public and client relations and event management.

  • 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.

    From 1999 to 2017, Audette sat on 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. Most recently, Audette was named Australia’s 2016 ‘Leading Philanthropist’ by Philanthropy Australia.

  • 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.

  • Rachael McVean

    Corporate Advisory Director

    Rachael McVean

    Rachael McVean

    Corporate Advisory Director

    Rachael is a Corporate Advisory Director with Adara Partners.  Prior to joining Adara, Rachael worked in the start-up/technology sector in various CFO/Finance Director roles.  Rachael is a chartered accountant and started her career at PwC.  During her time at PwC, Rachael worked in the transaction services and audit divisions in Sydney and New York.   Rachael has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia.

  • Sarah Moritz

    MinterEllison Ambassador

    Sarah Moritz

    Sarah Moritz

    MinterEllison Ambassador

    Sarah is a Senior Associate with MinterEllison, a strategic partner of Adara Partners, and has joined Adara as a secondee. Sarah provides legal support to Adara Partners, Adara Advisors and Adara Development. Sarah’s focus is competition and regulatory across a range of industries, including financial services, aviation and telecommunications. Her experience includes acting for parties throughout ACCC merger clearance and authorisation processes and advising on joint venture and distribution arrangements.  Sarah holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Commerce and a Diploma of Modern Languages (German).

  • Kiran Patel

    Deloitte Ambassador

    Kiran Patel

    Kiran Patel

    Deloitte Ambassador

    Kiran is a chartered accountant with over five years’ experience, starting his career at Deloitte. During his time at Deloitte, Kiran worked in the Audit and Transaction Services divisions across a broad range of industries, including FMCG, infrastructure and transport. Kiran has a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology Sydney and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia.

PANEL MEMBERS

  • ILANA ATLAS

    Founding Panel Member

    ILANA ATLAS

    ILANA ATLAS

    Founding Panel Member

    Ilana Atlas is the Chair of Coca-Cola Amatil Limited and non-executive director of the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited and Westfield Corporation Limited. She is the Chairman of Jarwun and is on the boards of the Paul Ramsay Foundation, Adara Development (Australia), JewishCare and 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.

  • Catherine Brenner

    Founding Panel Member

    Catherine Brenner

    Catherine Brenner

    Founding Panel Member

    BEc LLB MBA

    Catherine Brenner is the Chairman of AMP Limited and a non-executive director of Boral Limited and Coca-Cola Amatil Limited. She is a Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW and a non- executive director of SCEGGS Darlinghurst Limited. Catherine has previously served as a member of the Takeovers Panel, as a non-executive director of listed companies in the mining, property and biotech sectors and of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, and as a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House.

    Catherine was previously a Managing Director, Investment Banking at ABN AMRO having previously worked at BZW and starting her career as a corporate lawyer.

  • 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 Fowler is Chairman of Corporate Client Solutions for UBS Australasia. He has been 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 $150 billion.

    Guy is a Chartered Accountant and graduated from Macquarie University with a degree in Economics.

  • David Friedlander

    Panel Member

    David Friedlander

    David Friedlander

    Panel Member

    David Friedlander is the Head of Australian Public Mergers & Acquisitions at King & Wood Mallesons.

    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.

    David was named in the 2016 AFR Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year – Corporate Law

  • Graham Goldsmith

    Panel Member

    Graham Goldsmith

    Graham Goldsmith

    Panel Member

    Graham Goldsmith worked with Goldman Sachs Australia from 1987 to 2012. Commencing his career as a research analyst at JBWere, Graham headed, and later co-headed, the Goldman Sachs Equity Capital Markets team and the broader Financing Group of the firm from 2001 until 2010. 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 he was Vice Chairman of the firm in Australia, Chairman of the Goldman Sachs Australia Foundation, a member of the Australian Operating Committee and member of the Goldman Sachs & Co Asia Capital Committee. Graham is currently a non-executive director of listed companies SEEK Limited and Djerriwarrh Investments Limited. He is also Chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology and an advisor to a number of family groups.

  • DAVID GONSKI AC

    Founding Panel Member

    DAVID GONSKI AC

    DAVID GONSKI AC

    Founding Panel Member

    David Gonski is is Chairman of the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited and is also Chancellor of the University of New South Wales, Chairman of the Sydney Theatre Company and the UNSW Foundation Limited. David is also a member of the ASIC External Advisory Panel and the Board of the Lowy Institute for International Policy and is a Patron of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and Raise Foundation.

    He has previously held a number of directorships including Chairman of the Australian Securities Exchange Limited and the Guardians of the Future Fund and director of the Westfield Group. He was previously a member of the Takeovers Panel.

  • Matthew Grounds

    Founding Panel Member

    Matthew Grounds

    Matthew Grounds

    Founding Panel Member

    Matthew Grounds is 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 advisers 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, a member of the Business Council of Australia and a director of the UBS Foundation.

    Matthew graduated from the University of New South Wales and holds a degree in Commerce (Finance Major) and Law.

  • Peter Hunt AM

    Founding Panel Member

    Peter Hunt AM

    Peter Hunt AM

    Founding Panel Member

    Peter is Chairman and one of the original founders of Greenhill Australia, a leading Australian corporate advisory firm, now part of the global Greenhill advisory group. Peter  has advised local and multi-national companies and governments for over 30 years.   In the social sector, Peter is a founder of the Manly Women’s Shelter and founder and a director of Women’s Community Shelters. Peter is Chairman of Grameen Australia and Grameen Australia Philippines and Chairman of So They Can.

  • Christian Johnston

    Panel Member

    Christian Johnston

    Christian Johnston

    Panel Member

    Christian has more than 20 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 merger and acquisitions and capital markets transactions. He is a partner of Goldman Sachs and a member of the Asia Pacific Management Committee, Australia and New Zealand Management Committee, Global Investment Banking Operating Committee and Global Merger & Acquisitions Leadership Group.

    Christian is also a member of the Takeovers Panel, the National Gallery of Victoria Business Council and the Melbourne Cricket Club Committee.

  • Diccon Loxton

    Founding Panel Member

    Diccon Loxton

    Diccon Loxton

    Founding Panel Member

    Diccon Loxton 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 teaches law part time at the University of Sydney Masters of Law course.

    He is the former president and a current director of the Banking & Financial Law Association, chair of the Australian Museum Foundation, Governor of Ascham School Limited, a former director and current governor of WWF Australia and a former member of the Sydney University Law Foundation.

  • Peter Mason AM

    Founding Panel Member

    Peter Mason AM

    Peter Mason AM

    Founding Panel Member

    Peter Mason is a Senior Advisor to UBS, Chairman of AusNet Services Ltd, and a non- executive director of Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SingTel).

    Peter is a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House Trust, Chairman of The Centre for Independent Studies, Chairman of the UBS Australia Foundation, a director of The University of New South Wales Foundation, a director of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, and an Ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.

    He has more than 40 years’ investment banking experience, including at JP Morgan and Schroders.

  • 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 up 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, including retail, financial services, property, mining and privatisations. 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 Takeovers Panel for two terms from 2008-2014.

  • Steven Skala AO

    Founding Panel Member

    Steven Skala AO

    Steven Skala AO

    Founding Panel Member

    Steven Skala AO is Vice Chairman, Australia of Deutsche Bank AG, a position he has held since 2004. He has more than 35 years’ experience in business, governance, banking and the law and is currently Chairman of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and Chairman of BlueChilli Technology Pty Limited.

    He is a former Chairman of three companies that listed on the ASX and Film Australia Limited, and is a former director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Channel TEN Group of companies and Max Capital Group Limited. Active beyond banking and commerce, he is Chairman of the Heide Museum of Modern Art, Deputy Chairman of the General Sir John Monash Foundation, a Director of the Centre for Independent Studies and a Member of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York.

    He was previously a Senior Partner and Head of the Corporate and Commercial practice of Arnold Bloch Leibler, Lawyers.

  • 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 7 times

ADVISORY BOARD

  • John Atkinson

    Advisory Board Member

    John Atkinson

    John Atkinson

    Advisory Board 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 Board Member

    Ilana Atlas

    Ilana Atlas

    Advisory Board 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 Board Chair

    Suzi Carp

    Suzi Carp

    Advisory Board 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 Board at Adara Partners. Suzi is the very proud mother of Alyssa, Jade and Harry.

  • Heith Mackay-Cruise

    Advisory Board Member

    Heith Mackay-Cruise

    Heith Mackay-Cruise

    Advisory Board 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 Board.

    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 Board Member

    Tony (Antony) Robinson

    Tony (Antony) Robinson

    Advisory Board 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 Board Member

    George Wahby

    George Wahby

    Advisory Board 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.