Over the past 24 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


Brendon is the Chairman of the AWN Group. Brendon has been a Board member of the AWN Group for over 20 years and previously served as Chairman from January 2011 to June 2022.  Brendon is a Member of the Remuneration Committee. He is Chairman of the Gloria Payten and Gloria Dawn Foundation educational scholarship fund, in conjunction with the National Institute of Dramatic Art and the Victorian College of the Arts. Brendon also farms sheep and cattle at his property in South-West NSW.

John Colley

John Colley

Managing Director & CEO

John is Managing Director and a major shareholder of AWN. He is also a Director of Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA) and previously served as Director of Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX), and as Director and President of National Council of Wool Sellers and Brokers Association (NCWSBA). John produces sheep and wool at his family property in Central West NSW.

Ben Barlow

Ben Barlow

Non-Executive Director

Ben joined the Board of the AWN Group 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.