Mediator Profile - George Macdonald

Contact details

Name:George Macdonald
Mobile:0414 851 302
Email:georgem@ombdincountry.com
Mediations as mediator:50+
Mediations as advisor:4
Mediations as co-mediator:Nil
Hourly fee:$450 + GST
Daily fee (7 hrs):$3,000 + GST
Fees are negotiable:Yes

Areas of experience:

  • Accountancy
  • Administrative
  • Agriculture
  • Banking
  • Commercial
  • Company
  • Contracts
  • Corporate
  • Finance
  • Horticulture
  • Property
  • Securities
  • Succession
  • Tort
  • Trusts
  • Water

Affinity with rural industries:

I am a 4th generation farmer at Wallabadah, on the Northern Slopes, who currently owns and operates a native seed production and
biodiversity management business. My family has owned sheep production properties across NSW, and I have previously owned a cattle trading operation in Queensland and a cattle fattening property in the Hunter Valley, and I have a broad network across northern NSW. As a family, we have resolved and successfully managed substantial succession and associated family conflict issues and continue to do so.

After studying Law/Commerce at UNSW I worked as a commercial lawyer for Mallesons Lawyers in the area of natural resources and, more particularly, with extractive industries companies. I subsequently obtained an MBA at Columbia University in NYC majoring in finance and international management, after which I worked as a Finance Associate at Whitlam Turnbull, a merchant bank, originating and managing major transactions.

Later, I was the company secretary/lawyer responsible for managing the financial facilities for the Adelaide Steamship Group, which included working with over 50 major Australian and international banks and financial institutions with gross lending in excess of $11bn in the reorganisation and dismantling of this Group (1990-94).

From 1994-98 I was the founding Managing Director of Anaconda Nickel Ltd (now Minara). After a period trading cattle and establishing a cattle fattening property in the Hunter Valley, I led another public company, Compass Resources. From there, I joined Habitat for Humanity, an INGO involved in the building of community housing, as CEO of the Australian and SE Asian operations. During the last 10 years, I have been working on the major project end of indigenous development in Australia and particularly representing indigenous groups and organisations in Queensland/Northern Australia including major road and infrastructure projects such as the Peninsular Development Road, INPEX, renovation of remote defence facilities, agricultural and associated port infrastructure, and tourism developments.

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