Supporting Local Advisory Communities

Authentic Trusted Networks

Local Communities With Global Connections

Within the global advisory community, we seek to empower members to gain the advantages of strong ties to their local business and professional communities, while also harnessing the opportunities that global connections provide. It's about making local impact within a global context.  We deliver this through our commitment to recognition of the unique value of every individual Advisor, the collaborative power within geographical locations and the collective intelligence of a global network.

We invite you to learn more about our Local Communities, including the important role of the Community Chairs and opportunities to connect to local community events.



Community and the connection to a common cause is the tie that binds us within the global advisory community.  Community Chairs are recognised for their commitment to Best Practice, connection to the global community and deep engagement within the local eco-system.  Community Chairs host local events and facilitate the connection and knowledge sharing between professional members and the wider Advisory Board market.



Dale Cook

Dale initially practiced as a qualified Lawyer, moving into accounting and finance with multinational mining and resource firms in Australia and overseas.  He has extensive experience in Executive Leadership and Board Governance in multinational Resource and Commodity firms. Applying expertise in Finance, Sales and Marketing, Innovation and Commercial to drive transformation, operational effectiveness and commercial success.  He has managed finance and commercial teams in Australia, Singapore, China, Europe, London, South America and Africa. He is a Certified Chair with the Advisory Board Centre.

Currently based in Singapore, where he is the Managing Director of DB3 Advisory, providing expert advice to Boards and Executives in both the profit and not for profit sectors across Australasia.  He is the co-founder of the AustCham Singapore SME and Startup Group.  Dale is currently completing a Doctor of Business Administration (Innovation), having already attained an MBA (Double Major: Strategy & Planning; Leadership & Communication), Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Science.

Andy Waroma

Andy is the founder of one of Asia’s leading cloud-managed services companies, and also represents the European Cloud Alliance in the Asia Pacific, focusing on promoting cloud innovations in the region. He has lived and worked in Singapore for more than 21 years. His first eleven years in the region were spent with SAP in various management positions. In SAP, Andy worked with SAP’s largest customers and partners around the Asia Pacific region. In 2014, Andy and his co-founder decided to set up a cloud consultancy and a cloud-managed services company: Cloud Comrade. With over 25 years of experience in the technology sector, Andy has always been at the leading edge of innovation, eager to adopt new emerging technologies and business practices while keeping things simple and practical at the same time. From getting startups to take off to creating new lines of businesses for multinational companies, Andy is known for driving many of the “firsts” in the terms of new technology initiatives and customer implementations. Andy is currently a Board Member, the Co-managing Director, as well as the founder of Cloud Comrade, a Singapore-based, enterprise-focused cloud computing consultancy enabling companies in Southeast Asia with their cloud strategy, design, deployment, and management. In addition, he serves as an Advisory Board member at InfraGuard. Andy is a certified Advisory Board Chair from Advisory Board Centre, finalizing his Board Director Diploma from IMD Business School, Qualified Listed Entity Director with Singapore Institute of Directors, and MIT Sloan School of Business Mastering Negotiation and Influence certifications.


Hong Kong

Ganesh Chidambaram

Ganesh’s vision is to help create a more equal, equitable and inclusive world for his daughter to grow into. In his role as an Advisor and Coach, he aspires to achieve this impact by helping his clients gain clarity of their values and purpose, to gain conviction in their decision making and be effective ‘doers’.

Ganesh supports businesses and leaders as their thinking partner and helps them strike a balance between short-term priorities and long-term impact. He is their co-pilot in navigating the complex and dynamic business environment and assists them achieve their aspirations.

Ganesh is driven by a sense of curiosity and adventure and over the last two decades has worked in the Consumer, Healthcare and Financial Services industries across India, Singapore, France, United Kingdom and Hong Kong. By virtue of this diversity, he brings together a powerful combination of commercial acumen, financial management skills and coaching expertise in service of his clients.

Deborah Biber

Deborah Biber is the founder and Chief Executive of Blue Moon Advisory. Based between Hong Kong and Sydney, Deborah has over 30 years of experience working across the Asia Pacific region in Executive and Director roles. She is an experienced strategic marketer driving the development of medium-sized businesses to effectively manage expansion and their business across markets.

Deborah is the former Chief Executive of the Pacific Basin Economic Council, Country Manager for Australian Graduate School of Management and Chief Executive of Australian Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong and Macau.

Deborah is a Certified Chair and is also Chairman of the Entrepreneur’s Club based in Hong Kong. She serves as the Co-Chair for the Advisory Board Centre Hong Kong member community. She is also a consultant to the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship and is the Chair of two Advisory Boards.


Greater China

Udo Doring

Udo is a Founding Member, Shareholder and Director of the Advisory Board Centre. In his capacity as Chair of the Centre, he is responsible for driving thought leadership for the future development of the Advisory Board sector globally.

Udo Doring 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.

Craig Aldous

Seeing the opportunity for growth across Asian markets, Craig is passionate about helping businesses to understand how and where to play to establish new, sustainable and profitable revenue streams. With a wealth of experience spanning general management, sales, retail, production and executive leadership in the FMCG space, he offers the skill-set and vision to define and re-set business, go-to-market and operational strategies while leveraging extensive networks and stakeholder access to set businesses up for success.

Setting Craig apart is his clarity of focus, ability to generate value and a keen eye for the ‘right’ leadership talent. He builds scalable platforms while planning into the future, spotting and understanding patterns at a market level key to competitive advantage. For example, as CEO for Woolworths China, he targeted new supply chains, transformed business profitability, drove key operational improvements across ERP, contract approval and online strategy. As CEO of Elders in China & Vietnam, Craig drove six-fold growth through new market entry and the creation of a lean and scalable operational platform and supply chain.

Maria McDermott

Maria has over twenty years experience working in the offshore finance industry with extensive experience in the investment funds, private wealth, compliance, risk management and project management fields.

She started her career in the private wealth division of Ernst & Young in the Channel Islands where she was responsible for administering a portfolio of trust and companies for high net worth individuals.

She then moved to the investment funds industry, working for a number of high profile service providers in the offshore finance industry. Maria specialised in the set up and administration of regulated funds including private equity, mezzanine, real estate, fund of funds and listed funds; covering all aspects of fund administration from advising on the structure set up and regulatory requirements, to administering the closing of the funds, call downs and distributions, investments and realisations, company secretarial work and ensuring adherence to regulatory and compliance/ risk requirements.

Maria’s experience working on listed funds was typical company secretarial/ administration in nature. It included work undertaken from the pre IPO stage through to IPO, post IPO ensuring compliance with continuing obligations under the relevant listing manuals, corporate governance and risk compliance. These funds were listed on a variety of stock exchanges including London (main board & AIM), the Irish Stock Exchange, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Singapore Stock Exchange.

Maria has worked on a variety of different structures including companies, trusts, unit trusts, business trusts and limited partnerships; established in a variety of jurisdictions around the World including the Cayman Islands, Jersey, Guernsey, BVI, Hong Kong, Singapore and China.


Australia – NSW & ACT

Mark Veyret

Mark scales up growth businesses, their leaders and their teams. His market focus is on smart services, emerging tech and knowledge-based businesses. Mark specialises in creating, building, reviewing and chairing Advisory Boards and in mentoring CEOs, their Boards and leadership teams. Mark currently serves on four Advisory Boards and chairs two of these bodies.

Mark has worked with three of the Big Four professional services firm holding national, Asia Pacific and global leadership roles – serving for 15 years as the Global Business Development Leader for PwC’s Entrepreneurial & Private Clients business, COO for the Asia Pacific region, as MD in PwC’s national scale-up accelerator program, as the Sales and Marketing Partner at EY and in different CMO roles. He has worked as a CMO in six organisations including Westpac’s corporate, institutional and international business. Mark has served as a Private Secretary to a Federal Treasurer and on both Governance and Advisory Boards as a Non- Executive Director and Chairman.

At the Advisory Board Centre Mark is a Certified Chair, serves as a designated Mentor to senior executives supporting them with our Executive Transition Program, co-presented the Social Ethics session with Ram Castillo at our 2020 National Megatrends Festival and is part of our Planning Team for our 2021 National Festival to be held in Brisbane. In his pro bono work Mark works as a social entrepreneur to mentor and coach organisation leaders and teams in Australia’s First Nations peoples, the Muslim womens’ community and climate change groups. Working with his Co-Chair, Kylie Murphy, we have a vision to ensure a powerful, connected and collaborative Sydney community of Advisory Board Centre leaders that delivers value to each member, grows our community and in so doing supports the growth of Australian businesses and their leaders.

Kylie Murphy

Kylie has over 25 years experience in Retail with a focus on business strategy, turn-around projects, business integration and preparation to sell. As an experienced CEO and Certified Chair, Kylie works with Boards and owners to develop sustainable growth initiatives through Distribution Strategy, Business and Sales Modelling (B2B & B2C), Data Analytics, Turnaround and International expansion.

As an active member of the Advisory community, Kylie was part of the Engage China Trade Mission (2019) to Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Shanghai. Kylie also contributed to the Advisor Mentor panel to support the Executive Transitions learning programs.


Australia – VIC, SA & TAS

Karen Crawford

Karen is a Certified Chair with the Advisory Board Centre and a Director at Extex providing consulting CFO and business financial management services. Karen is a former Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers Private Clients with 25 years at that firm and is a Chartered Accountant.

Karen has extensive experience advising and leading privately owned businesses regarding financial, strategic and commercial matters to achieve a variety of outcomes including effective financial management, strategy development, business planning and succession planning. Throughout her career Karen has worked with many companies across all stages of the business life cycle from start-ups through to exit. Karen is the Chair and Advisor across various Advisory Boards for entrepreneurs and private businesses and is also the Independent Chair of a governance Board of Directors for a high growth private business.

Stuart Allinson

Stuart’s focus is helping businesses with best-in-class technology solutions get to the next level – as an Advisory Board Chair, Expert Advisor, Non-Executive Director or Mentor depending on their stage of growth. Combining executive experience with his career-long involvement in international energy & environmental markets and his policy role on the board of the Climate Change Authority, Stuart’s natural progression was to move from working exclusively in one business to working on a variety of businesses.

In addition to supporting several high growth potential organizations as an Advisory Board Chair, Stuart is a Mentor with Startupbootcamp and a member of the Advisory Board Centre Best Practice and Ethics committee.


Australia – WA

Craig Hook

Craig is a highly accomplished executive, Non-Executive Director and Advisory Board Chair with leadership and strategic experience across a portfolio of Board positions. Previously Partner of Churchill Consulting, a leading boutique management consultancy based in Perth WA. Prior to his consulting career, Craig was General Manager of OceanaGold (NZ) and held senior operational and technical roles internationally with Rio Tinto. Qualifications in mine engineering and business management, and accredited coach. Substantial experience in the mining industry across feasibility studies, operational readiness, design and implementation of business improvement projects and restructures. Other industry sector experience in utilities, primary health care, and cooperatives.

Ten years’ non-executive director experience across mining services, professional services and industry associations, Craig is a deep thinker and facilitator with focus on growth strategy and business structure design, particularly where step change in business performance is required. As an Advisory Board Chair, Craig has formed and chairs Advisory Boards for private SME’s in mine professional services, asset management services, emissions stack testing, drone management and software development sectors across Australia.

Paul O’Farrell

Paul O’Farrell is an experienced banking professional and chartered accountant with over 30 years of international banking and risk management knowledge with PricewaterhouseCoopers, National Australia Bank (NAB) and Bankwest.  Paul worked for NAB in Melbourne, Perth and New York in a variety of roles including the State Head of Risk for Business Banking, Western Australia and Head of Strategic Business Services.  His Western Australian role saw Paul lead a team of 33 credit risk professionals during the mining boom and the Global Financial Crisis.  Upon returning to Perth from New York in 2013, Paul worked at Bankwest, most recently as a General Manager in the Products & Marketing division focused on risk culture and governance.

Paul has an in-depth understanding of the issues facing businesses when applying for and reviewing finance facilities and has a strong network of relationships throughout the Western Australian banking industry and nationally.  Since 2016 as Managing Director of Quadrant Advisory, his banking and credit risk knowledge has delivered real value to clients in a number of situations including applying for finance, dealing with financier asset management units and succession planning.

Paul’s unique blend of corporate banking, credit risk and business assessment skills across a range of industries, combined with an independent director’s perspective, are of significant value to a company looking to be proactive with their financial position and banking options including funding for growth. Paul has assisted a number of clients with their strategic planning and risk management frameworks through involvement on their advisory board and/or direct advice to the board and executive management.

Paul is a Certified Chair and is also a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland, a member of Chartered Accountants ANZ, a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Green Belt in Lean Productivity. He is a Non-Executive Director of Richmond Wellbeing, a WA based mental health services provider, and Jinji Resources Finance Pty Ltd.


Australia – QLD & NT

Mary Goodwin

Mary is a collaborative leader and trusted advisor with over 25 years’ of experience working in senior leadership roles in local, national and global organisations, across the private, public and not for profit sectors. She is energised by working with others, and enjoys connecting with people.  She is the founding Partner of One People Pty Ltd, a Queensland based consultancy and small business helping organisations achieve their full potential through strategic and pragmatic advice and experience that delivers.

While challenging the Procurement paradigm is a passion of hers – being an experienced CPO – Mary’s skillset and experience is much broader, positioning her as a sought after voice to contribute to, and lead, strategies and business cases involving mergers, viability of organisations and transformations. A key strength of hers is taking big business concepts and frameworks and making them scalable and practical.

Mary is a Certified Chair and is currently guiding a number of small businesses through foundational and growth stages, helping founders and CEOs find that necessary space to work “on” the business rather than “in” the business.  She has recently accepted the position as Queensland Community Co-Chair to support the member community of the Advisory Board Centre.

Mark works as a Strategic Advisor and Global CFO to help business owners build management capability and discipline to foster growth and scale. Mark provides strategic insights from an independent perspective and creates good governance to improve decision making. He specialises in growing businesses with $1m to $30m turnover.  Mark has been involved in CFO roles since 2001 in a diverse range of industries and business. He brings a fresh perspective that is practical and understanding.

Mark began his career with KPMG Brisbane, specialising in tax, management reporting and feasibility studies for small business clients. Mark also worked with KPMG Consulting in the Business Process Improvement team. Today, his clients benefit from this early focus on measuring, monitoring and driving business performance.

Mark has worked overseas in various project roles at NatWest and Citibank in London. Recently Mark was the initial CFO for a Mining Exploration Company that listed on the London Stock Exchange. Mark has experience working on project teams in Australia, UK, USA, Japan, India, West Africa and PNG.

Today, Mark is absolutely committed to helping others succeed by improving decision making. He established Intellective in 2008 to provide strategic advisory and CFO services to improve business growth and performance. By limiting the number of clients he works with, Mark delivers a highly customised service designed specifically for each client’s needs. With an emphasis on putting the client’s needs first, Mark is a valuable part of his clients’ advisory board or management team.

New Zealand

Roger Bowie

Roger is an experienced, entrepreneurial strategic thinker who lives by the rules: everyday is a school day, the more it changes, the more it stays the same; expect the unexpected.  As a Certified Chair, Roger supports businesses to identify their strategic priorities, and build a fit for purpose advisory board. There are rarely any easy answers; but there are always better questions.

Roger’s professional experience includes Global Services Director based in Brussels for DHL Worldwide Express, Chief Executive Southern Cross Healthcare, Chairman Peak Healthcare and Director Green Cross Health Medical.


Lorna Johnson

Lorna Johnson, ICD.D, MAICD, Certified Advisory Board Chair, is the Americas Community Chair with the Advisory Board Centre. Lorna serves on the Bristol Gate ETF Independent Review Committee and is an Executive in Residence with the Victoria Innovation Advanced Technology Entrepreneurship Council (VIATEC) Accelerator Program. She advises tech start-ups ranging from digital pet IDs, to spend management apps to a wellness marketplace, adding value in the areas of business model design, pricing, and go-to-market strategies. Lorna is the President Elect (2022-23) for the Rotary Club of Victoria-Harbourside, serves on its Board, and chairs the club’s fundraising committee. Previously, Lorna was Senior VP, Product Services and Innovation with Interac (Canada), Head of Deposits and Online Banking with Saint George Bank, now Westpac (Australia), Board Director with BPAY Australia, Head of Product & Marketing Transformation with AXA Australia and a management consultant with Booz and Co., now PWC Strategy& (USA, Australia). Lorna received her MBA and Masters in Environmental Studies from Yale University, her Bachelor of Science in Forestry from U. New Brunswick and a Diploma in Financial Planning from Deacon University. In 2017, Lorna was selected to Diversity Canada’s cohort of 50 diverse candidates to impact Canada’s corporate boards and improve global competitiveness.


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