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Bush AgriBusiness Pty Ltd provides business management advice, business analysis and training to stations, pastoral companies, industry bodies, NRM groups and government departments across Northern Australia.

Our philosophy is best summed up as helping you make informed decisions in the management of your business through the practical application of sound economics, science and business principles.

As well as focussing on pastoral activities, Bush AgriBusiness easily adapts its services to non-agricultural businesses.

We take time to understand your needs and tailor our services to meet those needs. Our objective is to deliver value far in excess of cost.

Meet Our Team


  • Master of Business Administration
  • CPAg
  • Associate Degree of Commerce
  • Diploma of Work Health & Safety
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology
  • Golden Key International Honour Society
  • Withcott Rural Fire Brigade

Ian McLean

0401 118 191

Ian grew up on a sheep and cattle property in south-west Queensland.  After studying accounting he worked for a major accounting firm before joining the primary industries department in the Northern Territory.  While with the department and based in Alice Springs, Ian worked with producers and land managers throughout the NT developing and organising training events and extension activities.
Continuing his involvement with the pastoral industry, Ian then worked for the NT Cattlemen’s Association, initially as project officer and later as Executive Officer.  These roles involved working extensively with members of the association, organising key industry events and representing the industry at a national level.
After leaving the NT, Ian spent 2 years working on the family property in south-west Queensland before he and his wife and children moved to their current location near Toowoomba.  From this base, Ian works with and travels to clients across Northern Australia.
You will benefit from Ian’s experience in the pastoral industry, ranging from hands on involvement working on a family property, being involved in training & extension and working with and for members in an agri-political organisation. All this experience gives Ian a very good understanding and perspective of the industry.  
Ian has a passion for the future of agriculture and enjoys helping clients like you better understand your business in order to be able to make more informed decisions to take your business forward.

Joanne Herley

Administration Manager
0427 118 699

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, and also has experience in Event  and HR Management.

Joanne manages all of the administration for Bush AgriBusiness and works with clients using the Business Analyser service of Bush AgriBusiness.

Michael Wellington

0418 871 057

Michael recently graduated from the University of Queensland Gatton Campus with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours). His interests are varied, having been involved in research projects ranging from agronomy to animal nutrition during university and undertaking an Honours project for which he won the Ag Institute Bell Medal. He also tutored biochemistry and statistics among other undergraduate courses, and was a Residential Supervisor during his time at the Gatton Campus. 

Michael has been exposed to a range of agricultural production systems, including completing work experience with the Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association as part of the RIRDC Horizon Scholarship. He is passionate about tropical agriculture and increasing the profitability of pastoral enterprises in northern Australia through technical innovation and sound management. 

Michael joins Bush Agribusiness as part of the MLA Future Livestock Consultant Internship.  He is looking forward to applying and developing the knowledge he has gained throughout his studies in this role.

Simone Parker


Originally from the Northern Territory, Simone’s connection to regional areas and the beef industry is the driving force behind her interest in helping pastoral businesses to prosper in a sustainable manner.
Simone holds a Bachelor of Business (Agricultural Commerce) as well as qualifications in training, extension and facilitation. Simone is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Over the past 10 years Simone has worked closely with extensive beef businesses in both the Northern Territory and Queensland, with a focus on improving production and business systems. Her roles in that time have included;

  • Northern Territory Pastoral Extension Officer;
  • Business Development Officer for the Indigenous Pastoral Program; and
  • Operations Manager for Southern Gulf Catchments NRM group

Following a move to Emerald with her family early in the year, Simone commenced working as a part time associate with Bush AgriBusiness. She has joined the team to use her skills and experience to do client work in a number of areas, including corporate governance, business planning, training and speaking engagements.