Australia

A Unique Network of Expertise and Experience

Our executives have spent most of their professional careers involved with the region, recognising many years ago the importance and potential of this area of the world. We believe that no other company brings together the same depth of multi-disciplinary expertise and practical business experience.

Our Directors, Advisors, Associates and Staff have varied commercial, technical, business, educational and real life experiences. All have worked in both large and small corporates and are committed to make a difference allowing our clients to change, expand and grow. The academic, business and financial backgrounds of the people assisting you, as well as their life and work experiences are provided as part of our services.

We have an independent 'Talent Pool' of additional recognised business people who add value to our organisation and who contribute further business accumen, contacts and skill sets to our clients.

Professor Peter Church OAM - Executive Chairman

Peter Church was born in Sydney and has spent almost his entire career as a lawyer and corporate adviser in the markets of South East Asia and India. In 1994 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) by the Australian Government for promotion of business between Australia and South East Asia. He has been appointed an Adjunct Professor at Curtin Business School, a Distinguished Professor at Sri Sharada Institute of Indian Management in New Delhi and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Great Lakes Institute of Management in Chennai. He holds a number of directorships of listed and unlisted companies and has written a number of books on Asia. He recently commenced producing an oral history podcast on the lives of elderly Myanmar citizens who were born during the British co [more...]

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Lindley Edwards - Group Chief Executive Officer

Lindley Edwards is the Group Managing Director of AFG Venture Group (www.afgventuregroup.com) and its various subsidiaries. Lindley is an experienced corporate advisor and has worked on numerous private and public M&A and corporate transactions in the food/agri, services, retail, education, technology and resources sectors. Her work involves merger, acquisition, divestment, fund raising, licensing, strategic consulting, distribution and joint ventures. Since the mid 90's Lindley has been very active in Asia, which includes Asean and North Asia undertaking corporate transactions as well as micro credit and social impact work.

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Michael Fay - Director and Head - Education Services

Michael is a Director and Head of Educational Services at AFG VG. Michael was a co- founder of Insearch Language Centre UTS (1987), Australia's first public private partnership in international education. In 1994 he founded the Australia Centre Medan, North Sumatra which will had its 25th anniversary in 2019. www.acmedan.com. He is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Technology Sydney UTS and was on the Board of the Australia Indonesia Business Council (AIBC) 2015-2019.

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Garry Hersey - Managing Partner - ASEAN

Australia and ASEAN presence, particularly Vietnam and focusing on:

  • Cross border M&A,
  • Strategic, corporate and transaction advice,
  • Capital raising (equity and debt) in Australia, US and Asia;
  • Corporate restructuring and turnarounds;
  • Corporate finance and valuations;
  • Infrastructure and project financing (hydro-power, highways and sewerage), including public private partnerships; and
  • Privatisation of sovereign assets
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Sherman Mak - Principal Advisor

Principal Sherman is a multi-disciplinary strategic, advisor and entrepreneur. He has over 25 years of investment, banking and advisory experience. He has held senior appointments in global strategy, marketing, human capital and products. With a range of international brands, such as Citigroup, HSBC, J.P Morgan and Westpac [more...]

Richard Polkinghorne - Director - Property

Richard Polkinghorne is AFG's Special Advisor - Property and brings to AFG a unique blend of commercial, financial and technical knowledge gained in over twenty years working in property development and delivery. He has successfully delivered a wide range of projects in Australia, UK, Asia and the Middle East including hotels, residential, schools, transport facilities, stadiums, commercial and industrial projects. [more...]

Elizabeth Bergin - Principal - North America

Elizabeth Bergin is based in Washington DC, and is responsible for the Americas operations of AFG Venture Group, with a track record in cross-border transactions in a number of sectors.

Prior to joining AFG Venture Group, Ms Bergin was a lawyer in the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department and has worked for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, as well as Australia's Foreign Affairs Department.

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Glen Robinson - Managing Director, Asia Advisory

Glen Robinson has spent the last several decades focussing on the establishment and development of cross border alliances, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, particularly in the manufacturing, processing and distribution areas, and targeted to Asean

These corporate advisory activities are based on more than 30 years' experience in management consultancy, and he has worked with a wide range of industries from agriculture, government through to manufacturing, distribution and service industries.

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Bruce Sherlock - Executive Consultant

My first selling job was a tray boy selling chocolates at age 11. My career has always been in a sales capacity ever since. Leading producer of risk assurance over a 25 year period as a broker. With Prudential Life Company, Occidental Life, Mercantile Mutual, Australian Casualty, I have been Fortunate to speak in many conferences throughout the world and the life assurance business has been good to me. I am the founder of three life insurance companies.

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Graham Libbesson - Executive Consultant

Graham was a chartered accountant for over 30 years. He was a partner at a largish firm of chartered accountants for 17 years, including being managing partner and senior tax partner.

For the last 20 years he has been Chairman and director of and/or advisor to, and shareholder in, various private and listed companies, including ICT and mining/exploration companies, and other technology companies.

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Thomson Ch'ng - International Specialist Advisor

Thomson Ch'ng is the co-convenor of the ASEAN-Australia Education Dialogue (AAED) and an International Specialist Advisor at ASEAN Focus Group (AFG VG). Thomson is based in Sydney, Australia and advises a range of education and training institutions, governments, associations and media groups in relation to Australian and ASEAN education activities.

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John P Weste - Special Advisor - IT & T, Financial Services, Property and Health

John is a business executive, company director, management consultant, and corporate advisor with over 25 years hands-on expertise in developing, designing and executing corporate development and change programs across a diverse portfolio of global, regional, and local business and government entities.

He has built his highly successful career based on strong leadership capacity and capability, innovation and creativity, and excellent people management and communication skills, coupled with deep functional expertise in strategy, operations, capital management, human resources, and technology.

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Sector Expertise

Our areas of expertise

Country Locations

Where we operate

AFG Venture Group has in-country expertise in the following countries: