Guiding Principles and Values…

    1. We are always independent, professional and ethical.
    2. We believe that asking the right questions is more important than having all of the answers.
    3. We enable clients to confidently make better, more informed decisions that assist them to achieve their long-term objectives.
    4. We provide advice, analysis and commentary that is always based on robust data, sound economics and rigorous science, but may sometimes be controversial and not what people want to hear.
    5. Our primary focus and client base are businesses that value, and are prepared to invest in, independent professional services.

Meet Our Team

Ian McLean

0401 118 191

Ian established Bush AgriBusiness in 2009, combining his enthusiasm for agriculture and business.

He grew up in the bush, doing primary school through Charleville School of the Air before going to boarding school in Toowoomba. He studied accounting at University before moving to the Northern Territory. 

In the NT he did station work and worked for a large accounting firm, before working in training and extension within the NT DPI. From the DPI he moved to the NT Cattlemen’s Association, initially working in member services and project management and later as Executive Officer. Ian and his young family left the NT to spend a couple of years on his parent’s property in South West Queensland before moving to Toowoomba to work full time in Bush AgriBusiness.

Ian holds a Master of Business Administration and is accredited as a Chartered Agriculturist by the Ag Institute of Australia.

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.

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!

Karissa de Belle

0418 871 057

Karissa has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from Charles Stuart University in Wagga Wagga.  During her time at CSU she was a part of the champion National Merino Challenge team, had the opportunity to compete with the CSU intercollegiate meat judging team, and served as the university netball club president.  Throughout her time at university she developed a range of interests with a focus on pasture utilisation, whole farm profitability and lifetime ewe management.  

Her interest in whole farm profitability and ewe management enabled Karissa to complete a three-month placement with Holmes Sackett giving her a greater understanding in whole farm profitability and benchmarking in southern mixed farming systems.  She joins Bush Agribusiness as an intern and is passionate about whole farm profitability as well as effective and sustainable pasture utilisation, with a keen focus on Northern pastoral systems.

Michael Wellington


Michael graduated from the University of Queensland Gatton Campus with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) in 2017, before joining Bush AgriBusiness. He was exposed to a range of production systems during his studies, including completing research in irrigated cotton farming and work experience with the Kimberley Pilbara Cattleman’s Association.

Since joining Bush AgriBusiness, Michael has worked closely with private clients, producer groups and pastoral companies. He has taken a lead role in using ‘The Business Analyser’ database and and delivered at several workshops and industry events including the BusinessEDGE workshops. 

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. 

Simone is based in Emerald with her family. Simone does project work with Bush AgriBusiness in the areas of corporate governance, business planning and training, She also delivers the Business EDGE workshop.