Phil McFarlane

Founder and Director

Born and raised in the Victorian Wimmera-Mallee wheat belt region where his family’s 3rd generation grain and sheep farm still operates today, Phil has an unwavering passion to make a significant contribution to the future of the Australian agriculture industry. He has a deep understanding of farm management issues, climate and growth constraints, as well as the investment required to regenerate the agriculture industry from an investment, profitability and people perspective.


Phil has more than 20 years’ experience as a strategy and business transformation delivery specialist both here in Australia and overseas. With an extensive career in the financial services and agribusiness sectors, he is a proven and dynamic leader in strategically planning and delivering growth for Australian vertically integrated and emerging agribusinesses.

Recently, Phil was the CEO of Camperdown Powder, a premium manufacturer of Australian infant formula predominately for Asian markets.

Phil has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) degree and is a qualified Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) in Australia.


  • Qualified accountant with a focus on finance and treasury in the banking sector.
  • In depth experience in designing and managing both agriculture and investment banking business operating models.
  • Hands on experience in broad acre farm practices and management.
  • Experienced in devising ‘work out’ strategies for distressed farm assets.
  • Over 12 years business consulting experience in Treasury, Finance and Institutional Banking transformation initiatives in the financial services sector.
  • Experienced in design and management of investment banking balance sheet management strategies including structure, pricing, credit risk, operations and reporting
  • Detailed operational experience in managing the business from an ‘end to end’ perceptive.
  • Able to devise strategic plans to assist in driving business growth.
  • Strong governance and risk management focus as part of the strategic management of the business.