John Kerby



John provides the essential financial and operational expertise required by companies to be successful.  He is a Certified Practicing Accountant, and has a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Commerce degree.  John has been responsible for the financial and operational activities for companies covering Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Korea, China, UK, NZ, and the USA.  As the CFO of various companies he led teams up to 120 people, covering the areas of finance, legal, HR, administration, purchasing, warehousing and IT.  His experience extends from CFO of a $500M manufacturing firm to Managing Director ANZ for a subsidiary of the world’s largest independent training Company with an annual turnover of in excess US$ 2 billion.  He has been responsible for overseeing and negotiating contracts up to the value of $200M, been involved and headed up mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, IPO’s, trade sales and the disposal of non-core operations both in Australia and overseas. Also, John has been at the forefront in the development and implementation of strategic business plans that have seen companies grow exponentially and profitably. John has a wealth of board experience, private, non listed public companies and the not for profit sector, and he has a very detailed understanding of board reporting requirements and corporate governance.


Ian McHugh

Director, Chairperson


Ian has 35 plus years experience in the senior leadership roles in industrial manufacturing,  community development and Not For Profit sectors.

Immediately prior to founding the Acre Consulting Group, Ian was a director of two Community Housing Organisations.

Ian's last project role involved the setting up of the Disability Enterprise Procurement project for the NSW government.

Ian is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and qualified geologist.

Stuart Hackett



Stuart has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry in UK and Australia. This included being CEO of a building society, a life insurance company and Partner in a private equity firm.


He has also run retail funds management and financial planning businesses and held senior executive roles in the wholesale funds management industry.


Stuart is a UK qualified accountant, holds an MBA and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Stuart is a director of a number of Australian and international companies and has been a director of a Not For Profit organisation and a Community Bank.


He currently consults in the areas of strategy development, international finance and investment, governance and compliance.



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