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AWN

Over the past 22 years AWN has built a reputation of passion, commitment, and innovation in rural marketing, with the aim of delivering the best results and the highest level of service for our clients. As a proudly independent and 100% Australian-owned business, our mandate is to return value to our clients. We understand that one size does not fit all. Our vision is to offer marketing options outside the square to complement traditional marketing services, allowing us to tailor a marketing strategy that delivers the greatest value for our clients. Our network of experienced livestock, property and wool professionals are strategically located across Australia, allowing us to deliver the exceptional level of service to our clients for which AWN is renowned.

Our history

Founded in 1999 on a vision of building a unique wool marketing organisation that brought growers and suppliers together, AWN rapidly grew to become Australia's largest independent wool broker. AWN has built a reputation of innovation, passion and commitment to delivering the highest level of service to clients. Today, AWN is one of the fastest-growing Australian agricultural businesses with wool, livestock and rural property agents located across rural Australia.

Our People

In order to deliver the highest returns and level of service for our clients, we invest in attracting, developing, and retaining the best talent. With people at the heart of everything we do, AWN offers excellent career opportunities across wool, livestock, and property. Our head office employs finance and accounting, marketing, and administration professionals.

Board of Directors

Brendon Lunney

Brendon Lunney

Chairman

Appointed Chairman in January 2011. Brendon is a wool grower and a Director of Australian Wool Network Pty Ltd for 20 years. A Member of the Remuneration Committee for 10 years and a Director of Network Investment Company Ltd, a majority shareholder in AWN, for 10 years until January 2011.

Barry Walker O.A.M.

Barry Walker O.A.M.

Deputy Chairman

Barry Walker is a wool grower and a Deputy Chairman of Australian Wool Network Pty Ltd and has been a Director of AWN since formation of the company in 1999. Chairman of Network Investment Co. Ltd, a major shareholder in AWN Pty Ltd.

John Colley

John Colley

Managing Director

John Colley is a wool grower, Managing Director and shareholder of Australian Wool Network Pty Ltd. John is also a Director of Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX), a Director of Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA) and served as Director and President of National Council of Wool Sellers and Brokers Association (NCWSBA) until August 2020.

Ben Barlow

Ben Barlow

Non-Executive Director

Ben joined the Board of Australian Wool Network as a Non-Executive Director in January 2016 after a successful career in Banking and Finance and the associated acquisition and disposal of grazing properties at Hay NSW. Ben has a strong understanding of the wool industry and farming practices through practical and invested application. Ben holds a Bachelor of Economics, Master of Business (Agribusiness), and is a Graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program.  Ben is also the Managing Director of New Edge Microbials (NEM) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

John Maher

John Maher

Non-Executive Director

John joined the Board of Australian Wool Network Pty Ltd in 2019, bringing extensive experience in executive leadership and board directorship within the agribusiness industry.

John has an honours degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Sydney, an MBA from AGSM (University of NSW), studied global agribusiness at Harvard Business School, completed the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD Business School in France and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.