Company Secretary & General Counsel
Company Secretary & General Counsel
Bruce Bennett was appointed Company Secretary and Legal Counsel of AACo in 2006. Before joining AACo, he was a partner in a leading law firm, specialising in company and property law, mergers and acquisitions and other commercial contracts.
Bruce has over 18 years experience in legal practice, having practiced in both Queensland and New South Wales. Bruce is an associate member of the Chartered Secretaries of Australia.
Shehan Dissanayake is a senior Managing Director and member of the Board of Directors of the Tavistock Group, a privately held investment company. He has responsibility for portfolio strategy across 200 companies in 15 countries, and is CEO of Tavistock Life Sciences, an operating unit of the Tavistock Group.
Before joining Tavistock Group in 2002, Shehan was a Managing Partner of Arthur Andersen with responsibility for strategy and business planning for the global legal, tax and HR Consulting Divisions of the firm, encompassing 1,600 partners and 15,000 professionals.
Earlier in his career, Shehan was involved in the medical research and technology industries. He holds a PhD in Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences from the University of Chicago.
Head of Strategy & Growth
Dane FitzGibbon was appointed Head of Strategy & Growth in 2017. Before joining AACo, he was a Managing Director at UBS Investment Bank. In this role Dane was responsible for providing advice to corporate clients, with a specialisation on capital markets.
Dane has over 17 years of experience in the finance industry, having advised a larger number of corporates in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
Dane holds a Masters of Applied Finance and a Bachelor of Business.
Acting Chief Financial Officer
Scott Prebble was appointed acting Chief Financial Officer/Head of Finance in January 2017. He joined AACo in July 2013 as Group Financial Controller and was appointed Head of Investor Relations in July 2015.
Scott has more than 13 years’ experience in resources, banking and professional services across Australia, Africa and the United Kingdom. Previously, Scott has worked for various multinational companies, including KPMG, PwC, Credit Suisse, Lloyds Bank and Discovery Metals Ltd.
Scott holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Business Management from the University of Queensland, and is a Chartered Accountant.
Chief Operating Officer
Tony McCormack was appointed Chief Operating Officer in April 2016.
Tony brings significant agribusiness expertise and experience to the company having worked with Stanbroke for 10 years, most recently as the Chief Operating Officer. In this role Tony was responsible for the operations of the business from livestock production and purchasing, backgrounding, feedlot, processing to sales and marketing.
Tony was initially an auditor for 11 years following which he held senior executive roles in the aviation industry primarily supporting petroleum and mining activities in Asia and the Pacific but also with diversified interests in agribusiness, construction, fabricating and a resort hotel business.
Director of Corporate Affairs
Belinda Murray was appointed Director of Corporate Affairs in 2017. She has more than 20 years of media and PR experience in both Australia and UK, working with prominent FTSE and ASX listed companies as well as in the public sector.
Belinda began her career as a television news reporter at Channel Seven in Brisbane. She was Media Manager for the London Underground during the 2005 terrorist bombings. She has also worked with many luxury and consumer brands.