Export Council of Australia Board of Directors

The Export Council of Australia’s Board of Directors are appointed by members of the Export Council of Australia.  The Board of the Export Council undertakes to accept the full fiduciary responsibilities for the business, including finance, regulation and governance.

Andrew Hudson - Director

Andrew is a Partner in the Corporate Advisory & Tax team at Gadens in Melbourne, specialising in International Trade & Customs. Andrew is a regular presenter at industry forums on legal and trade developments and media commentator on such legal and trade developments.

Andrew practices in the area of commercial law with a focus on customs and international trade. He has provided legal services to all parties involved with industry, including importers, exporters, customs brokers, freight forwarders, shipper and trade financiers. This has involved advice and actions seeking judicial and administrative review of the actions of various government departments including the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (Customs), the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Export Controls and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

He has provided advice covering all aspects of trade ranging from international trade conventions, arbitrations to resolve disputes, trade financing options, commodity and freight contracts to dealing with inquiries and prosecutions by Customs and other Government agencies in such matters as dumping and alleged underpayments of customs duty, alleged breaches of licence conditions by service providers such as licensed customs brokers together with all related litigation.

Barbara McGeoch - Director

Barbara is co-owner and a director of McGeoch's Birkdale Nursery Pty Ltd, which has been at the forefront of developing export markets for Australian ornamental horticultural products over the last 20 years. The company currently has a large production facility in China and offices in Hong Kong and Macau. Over the last ten years, Birkdale has built an extensive global network of suppliers to ensure that it can be competitive and meet the diverse and demanding requirements of clients markets throughout Asia and the Middle East. This encompasses complex logistical and quarantine management in supplying a diverse range of plants from seedlings up to large 12 metre high mature trees and palms from multiple countries, and training staff from other cultures to meet the exacting requirements of high profile clients. Barbara is a director of the Queensland Air Freight Council, member of Women Chiefs of Enterprises International and past member of other national and state industry bodies. In 1995, Birkdale received a Federal Government Citation for Export Achievement for its outstanding contribution to Australia’s export efforts. Barbara also received an AIEx Expo Heroes award in 1999 for her contributions to the Australian export industry and in 2002 was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year in St. Petersburg by Femmes Chefs d'Enterprises Mondiales of which Women Chiefs of Enterprises International in Australia is affiliated. Over the last 15 years she has endeavoured to assist exporters by speaking at numerous Australian and international events on the challenges and complexities involved in developing export markets.

Dianne Tipping - Deputy Chairman

Dianne has a long and varied career in international trade promotion and facilitation. Dianne Tipping is the founder and Managing Director of Excon International Pty Ltd. an Export Management Consultancy business that focuses on the management of Exports and International Projects on behalf of Australian Exporters throughout the world. Dianne has spent over 35 years handling export transactions and during the early years worked for 2 large multi-nationals and later after opening her own company in 1982 worked with the same multi-nationals and others handling their export matters. Companies that she has dealt with since 1982 are still valued as part of her client base. During the past 20 years Dianne has spent a great deal of time working with the Australian Institute of Export and various other non-government and government agencies to teach and encourage exporters to achieve their global ambitions in a safe and secure way. Dianne is Chairman of the Education Committee. As senior lecturer for the Australian Institute of Export (AIEx), she has had experience working with exporters and Government personnel in promoting the globalisation of Australia's export potential.

Michael O'Callaghan - Director

Michael O’Callaghan has been involved in senior executive management in the mining, shipping and logistics industries for the last 37 years. During his career span, he has held senior staff positions with WMC Resources Ltd in the role of Production Coordinator - Nickel Division and then Shipping Manager for the Nickel Marketing Group. He also established and developed his own logistics company namely Total Logistics Systems which specialises in the provision of a full raft of land based and marine logistic services to the mining industry. Immediately prior to joining Seacorp, Michael was the Marketing Administration Manager for Consolidated Minerals. Michael has been a fellow of the Australian Institute of Export (AIEx) since 1997. He is currently the WA Director for the Export Council of Australia and a member of the Federal Board of Management. He has served as a member of the panel of the WA Industry and Export Awards for over 15 years and has chaired the panel since 2006. Michael is also currently a member of the Transport and Storage Industry Training Council and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Mr. Paul Maurice Cooper – Deputy Chair

Paul is Chairman of the Finance Committee. Paul is an owner and the Director of an industrial electronics manufacturing company called Rinstrum. Rinstrum is based in Brisbane and has subsidiaries in the United States, Germany and Sri Lanka. Rinstrum exports to most parts of the world, either through its subsidiary operations or via its distributors in key markets. Rinstrum manufactures components for industrial weighing applications, such as weighbridges, concrete batching equipment and for the packaging industries. Paul is a qualified accountant and worked in private practice for more than 20 years. Paul serves on a number of boards including West Moreton-Oxley Medicare Local Ltd, Children's Health Queensland and is chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Philip Marley - Director

Philip Marley is currently the Commercial and Legal Group Manager for Codan Limited. His responsibilities include overseeing contractual and legal matters, monitoring export controls and managing regulatory compliance and government affairs. Previously, he was the State Manager of South Australia and Northern Territory for Gerling NCM, now known as Atradius, a global company that specialises in credit insurance and credit management. His role as past president of the International Trade Association of South Australia and his 12 years experience as the Regional Director of South Australia & Northern Territory for Export Finance & Insurance Corporation have given him a wide depth of knowledge in trade policy and export management. Philip Marley is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Export and both a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industry. In his spare time, Philip Marley loves to travel, being a regular business visitor to China, HK, Singapore, India & Indonesia. Philip has been director of the Export Council of Australia since 2011.

Rod Campbell - Director

Rod Campbell is the principal of Rod Campbell & Associates, an established boutique consulting practice specialising in Government grant funding to industry He spent his early years in Canberra working on international trade policy with the Dept of Trade and more poignantly, several years as policy advisor on the Export Market Development Grants legislation After leaving Govt, he headed up a Govt Grant division within Duesburys Chartered Accountants for 10 years before establishing his own practice based in Sydney and a branch office in Melbourne. Govt assistance programs typically allow businesses across a huge range of commerce to access funding. There is hardly a sector of business that Rod has not dealt with over his career with a client portfolio that touches every corner of the country and includes many businesses that have grown from modest beginnings to global success. Rod had been a Director and active member of many industry committees and an author and contributor to many submissions to Government on trade and industry policy. He has been an industry delegate on the EMDG Code of Practice Committee since its foundation. Rod’s is qualified as an Accountant and Chartered Secretary and has presented at numerous conferences and seminars around Australia over the years on the topic of Govt grant funding.

William A. Hutchinson - Director

William Hutchinson is Executive Chairman of Sydney, Australia based aerospace & defence technology group Thomas Electronics of Australia. Thomas Electronics is a diversified supplier of display technology and electronic systems solutions for global aerospace, defence and commercial markets. Since joining Thomas Electronics in 1986, William has been instrumental in the transformation of Thomas Electronics into an international leader in cockpit display systems, and a leading supplier of defence systems, simulation and technology support. With a 56 year record of product innovation and reliability, Thomas Electronics’ customers include major defence forces and prime contractors, over 50 international airlines, MROs and electronics OEMs. William is a member of the National Executives of the Australian Industry Group (AiGroup), the AiGroup Defence Council and the Export Council of Australia. He was recently awarded an Export Heroes Award for achievements in developing Australian export business. This award was presented by the Governor-General in Canberra in August, 2010. William graduated in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sydney in 1975 and subsequently worked in a variety of process industry roles with Colgate Palmolive, Corn Products Corporation and Exxon.

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