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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.

 

Singapore

 

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 Start up 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.

 

Hong Kong

David Chu

David brings in 38 years of professional accounting and corporate advisory experience in Australia, Hong Kong SAR, and China, majority of the time at partner level. David holds professional accounting qualifications from Australia, Hong Kong SAR and UK.  David has developed a strong network to support cross-border corporate activities involving Australian and Asian companies. This network allows for the identification of strategic partners and fast tracking of investment activities. David is attuned to the Asian listed companies and stock exchange requirements, international taxation issues and international corporate structuring issues.

David has been a regular presenter on the Cantonese program of SBS Radio on Australian economic affairs. David has also served on various professional accounting bodies, boards and government committees covering cross-border and multicultural business activities.  David speaks fluent English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

 

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.

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

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

Sandra Poon

Sandra’s secret super-power is her ability to understand an organisation’s landscape quickly and identify ways to make it better.  Sandra is a strategy advisor, transformation specialist and experienced facilitator, with over 23 years in senior management and consulting. She brings her experience from working with large corporations right through to start-ups in strategy design, implementation, and operations, particularly in IT. Working across a broad range of industries, Sandra also has a long history in project/portfolio management, business improvement and optimisation on large scale transformation and integration programs with complex stakeholder relationships.

As a certified Advisory Board Chair, Sandra also works with SMEs to grow their businesses. She chairs several Advisory Boards and sits as an advisor on others, providing practical and actionable business advice. Sandra also sits on several not-for-profit boards and volunteers as a mentor in the start-up community.

 

David Nash

David is a seasoned professional, executive mentor and Certified Chair of advisory boards with extensive experience in start-up, high growth and multi-site organisations. David’s expertise has been utilised in leading, mentoring and advising organisations through highly successful transformation and change programs. David is passionate about developing individuals, teams, and sustainable, value adding cultures.

David enjoys collaborating with leaders to design executable strategies which enable their vision to be realised. As a board member and mentor, David strives to keep teams and leaders accountable to increase momentum and achieve goals.  David is a Chartered Accountant, Non-Executive Director and Advisory Board Chair.  He is an active member of the Advisory Board Centre faculty and Chair mentor with the Female Founders Advisory Board program.

 

Australia – TAS

Patrick Lilwall

Patrick provides trusted advice to help organisations achieve their full potential with Business Models & Strategies for the Digital Age. With over 30 years in leadership roles, Patrick has held many roles as either an internal or external change agent. Patrick is currently working as an Executive within the Health Sector leading a Digital Transformation as his primary focus. Patrick continues to remain an active member of a range of other engagements centered around advisory and mentoring in the leadership and digital transformation space. Patrick sees great value in the Advisory Board model from start-ups to corporatized advisory boards.

 

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.

 

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