Guiding Principles & Values...
  1. Always independent, professional and ethical.
  2. Asking the right questions is more important than having all of the answers.
  3. Enabling clients to confidently make better, more informed decisions, that assist in achieving their long‐term objectives.
  4. Providing advice, analysis and commentary that:
    • is always based on robust data, sound economics and rigorous science; and,
    • isn’t tempered to tell people what they want to hear.
  5. Focussed on businesses who value independent professional services.

Meet Our Team

Ian McLean

Managing Director

Ian is Managing Director of Bush AgriBusiness. Ian, and the team, work with large and small pastoral businesses, helping them understand and improve business performance. Ian enjoys working with, and learns a lot from top performing pastoral businesses.

Prior to starting Bush AgriBusiness, Ian worked for the NT Cattlemen’s Association, initially in member services and project management and later as Executive Officer, the NT DPI in training and extension, Deloitte as an Audit Analyst and has done station work in Qld and the NT. He holds a Master of Business Administration and is accredited as a Chartered Agriculturist by the Ag Institute of Australia

Joanne Herley

Administration Manager

Joanne grew up in south west Queensland and studied Agronomy at the University of Queensland Gatton Campus. She then spent several years working in the Agricultural Industry specialising in broadacre farming.

Joanne joined Bush AgriBusiness in 2014 as administration manager. Since then she has become an integral part of the business where her enthusiasm is contagious! Joanne does a lot of the business analysis, interacts with clients, organising events as well as supporting the rest of the team and keeping them on track!

Simone Parker

Senior Agribusiness Consultant

Simone has had an involvement with Bush AgriBusiness for many years, delivering Business Edge workshops and speaking at events and helping clients with planning and strategy. In February 2023 she commenced full time as a Senior Agribusiness Consultant, working from Emerald where she lives with her family. Her role at Bush Agribusiness will encompass many facets including working with family boards, succession planning and group facilitation.
Simone brings extensive knowledge of the northern pastoral industry, having worked in extension, training and NRM roles across Queensland and the Northern Territory and is based in central Queensland. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and serves as a director of the Rural Financial Counselling service of Queensland.

Sally Finch

Agribusiness consultant intern
Sally is currently completing her Honours thesis for a Bachelor of Agricultural and Resource Economics degree at the University of New England in Armidale. Her thesis assessing at how beef producers can capitalise on the Australian carbon credit scheme and whether this is a profitable avenue which they should pursue.
Sally has begun delivering Business Edge and is taking a lead role in a chapter of the soon to be released Australian Beef Report 2023.  Sally will be assisting Simone with Business Edge delivery and is about to complete her Honours project looking at how beef producers can capitalise on the Australian carbon credit scheme.

Oudam Hunphy

Management Accountant

Oudam is originally from Cambodia, where he worked as a senior audit associate for Ernst & Young and as a manager within a large wholesale food business. He moved to Australia in 2020 to complete a Master of AgriBusiness Degree at UQ Gatton. His experience and training equips him well for the role in Bush Agribusiness, where he will be responsible for managing our business analysis process and database, amongst other tasks.

Michael Wellington


Michael joined Bush AgriBusiness after completing an Agricultural Science degree at UQ, where he was awarded the University medal. Michael worked full-time for Bush AgriBusiness for two and half years during which time he completed a livestock consulting internship. In that time he did a lot of good work improving our proprietary database, working with individual and group clients and undertaking research projects.

Michael left Bush AgriBusiness to complete his PhD at ANU, after which he secured a position with the Australian Center for International Agricultural Research. He continues to be part of the team, providing assistance with project work and data analysis.

Kirstie Olive


Central Queensland born and bred, Kirstie studied a Bachelor of Commerce/Marketing at Bond University before going on to complete a Bachelor of Applied Science (Animal Production/Rural & Regional Business Management) through the University of Queensland. Kirstie still resides in Central Queensland on a beef and cropping farm outside of Capella with her young family.
With her vast experiences in the agricultural industry including banking, event management, animal health and product marketing, Kirstie brings a wealth of knowledge and is passionate about learning from astute and progressive producers whilst assisting clients to analyse and improve their own businesses through informed decision making.
Kirstie supports Bush Agribusiness applying her expertise for specific projects and client work.