Welcome to the Advisory Board Centre.

We're a collaborative community of experienced Advisory Board professionals.

The Advisory Board Centre was founded to support and improve the effectiveness of the global Advisory Board sector, including the professionals who fulfil an Advisory function and organisations for whom they serve.

Our Advisory community includes Chairs and Advisors who are selected, certified and recognised for their unique leadership capabilities and acumen. Our Business community includes start-up and scale-up businesses, through to growing companies, non-profits and corporate organisations.

Meet Our Leadership Team

Udo Doring

Chair, Director and Founding Member of the Advisory Board Centre

As Chair of the Advisory Board Centre, Udo Doring is responsible for driving thought leadership for the future development of the Advisory sector globally. Udo is also the CEO and President of the Australian Pathway Education Group (APEG) based in Shanghai, a subsidiary of Edith Cowan University in Perth, Australia. The group focuses on providing education outcomes in China, as well as identifying investment opportunities across the region.

Prior to joining APEG, Udo was the CEO and Executive Director of The Australian Chamber of Commerce, Shanghai. Udo led a team of 20 staff across four departments to drive the Chamber’s mission to strengthen Australia-China business, government and relationships. Under Udo’s leadership, AustCham Shanghai tripled its revenue, expanded its services, grew membership and supported a rapidly changing landscape for Australian businesses working in China.

Before joining the Chamber, Udo worked in a number of roles in business strategy and human resources consulting, as well as spending time in London with the Queensland Government’s Trade and Investment office. He holds an Executive MBA from Saïd Business School at Oxford University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts from the Queensland University of Technology and a Graduate Certificate of Chinese Law from Hong Kong City and Murdoch Universities.

Louise Broekman

Founder and CEO of the Advisory Board Centre

Louise is an award-winning Entrepreneur, researcher and business advisor. Louise has received recognition from Industry and Government at a local and national level for her contribution to the Australian business sector. In 2004, Louise established an Advisory Board for her own business which has provided her with first-hand experience in how a well run Advisory Board can positively impact CEOs. Since 2012, Louise has served as Chair for commercial Advisory Boards.  She is an in-demand speaker and is regularly called upon as the leading voice for Advisory Boards in the Asia Pacific region.

Penny Ellenger

General Manager of the Advisory Board Centre

Penny has more than 25 years of experience gained from a variety of professional roles working in the UK, Europe and Australia including Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand and Hays Recruitment.

Penny’s role is to support, engage with, represent and drive value for Advisory Board Members, build strong external stakeholder relationships and add value to the Advisory Board sector. Penny has a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance and a Bachelor of Arts.


Bernard Curran

Advisor, Advisory Board Centre, Partner – BDO

Bernard is an Advisor on our Advisory Board and a founding member of the Advisory Board Centre as a Certified Chair. He chairs several Advisory Boards including in the following sectors; healthcare, fruit and vegetable distribution, superannuation administration, and professional services. Bernard also has extensive experience as a Company Director and Board Member for organisations including Metro North Hospital and Health Service, Bickerton Masters Architects, The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation, Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority and Crèche & Kindergarten Association Ltd. Bernard was a Business Services Partner with BDO for over 30 years and now consults with clients. He is a Fellow of the AICD and CAANZ.

Our Purpose

Formalised Advisory Boards are a proven management tool that can support businesses to increase sales and productivity and build internal confidence in decision making and strategy execution.

The Advisory Board Centre provides a practical pathway for businesses to increase competitiveness, foster innovation and drive economic impact through effective engagement with Advisors.

Collectively we raise the standard of the global advisory sector- driving value for professionals and the organisations they serve.

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