Our story JustinVZ August 29, 2023
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OUR STORY
We understand the unique financial challenges faced by farmers and agribusiness owners.

Foundation Agri Finance grew from a belief that there was a better way to finance the evolving needs of farmers and agribusinesses. In a market dominated by the banks, agricultural lending has become short-term and less focused on the customer, and more on meeting regulatory needs.

Our founders saw an opportunity for a new approach that starts with the customer and takes a longer-term view of structuring financial solutions to support your goals across the various cycles in agriculture.

WHAT WE OFFER SERVICES
Amazing performance
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Professional liability
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Outstanding services
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Dedicated to our clients
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Our People

David Haydon
Founder and Executive Director

David has a lifetime involvement in agriculture and remains active in his family’s 7-generation beef cattle farm in the Upper Hunter Valley region of New South Wales. He is an experienced finance and agribusiness professional having held leadership roles at the Rabobank Group in Australia and the United States that spanned the global food and agribusiness supply chain. David also worked at Ernst & Young (Australia) in transaction advisory and has degrees in Arts and Commerce from the University of Sydney and an MBA from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management/Kellogg School of Management in Chicago.

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Nick Cranna
Executive Director of Real Estate

Nick has over 15 years’ experience as an agribusiness valuer and property adviser across Australia. He was previously National Director at Colliers and has comprehensive knowledge of rural property and water markets including through involvement in many of Australia’s largest agribusiness transactions. Growing up on a vineyard in the Adelaide Hills region of South Australia, Nick has a passion for the wine industry. He holds a Bachelor of Business Property from University of South Australia and is an Associate Member of the Australian Property Institute.

Ben Larkin
Director

Ben grew up on the north coast of New South Wales. He has deep knowledge of global agricultural supply chains, starting his career at Meat and Livestock Australia, before moving into logistics with Patrick Ports and Stevedoring. He has spent the last 9 years working with Rabobank Australia where he held roles in Research, Institutional Banking and Major Agribusiness Clients. Ben holds a Bachelor of Economics and Social Sciences, and a Master of Commerce from the University of Sydney.

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Natalie Meyenn
Founder and Non-Executive Director

Natalie has over 25 years’ experience in financial services and investing globally. She grew up on rural properties in the Riverina and Central Western NSW where she now operates a beef cattle farm. Natalie worked in investment banking in New York and Sydney for many years and at The World Bank on Microfinance, Project Finance and Climate Change impact mitigation strategies in Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands. More recently she was Head of the MLC Private Equity program and Chair of the Investment Committee. Natalie is an advisor, director, IC member and/or shareholder for a small number of groups including non-profits in energy and education, alternatives management firms in Europe and Australia, and an ASX listed company. She has degrees from the Australian National University and The Kennedy School at Harvard University.

Renny Ellis
Non-Executive Director & CFO
Over the past 30 years Renny has worked for a range of trading and investment banks with roles that included research, trading, corporate advisory, and management. He is the current Responsible Manager on three AFSL’s that includes the SACFM AFSL under which Foundation Agri Finance operates. His role with Foundation as both a Director and CFO will see him actively involved in the both risk and financial management outcomes.
Gary Tapp
Head of Risk and Operations

Gary has over 40 years Financial Services experience across numerous roles and functions, including as Key Account Manager to HNW & UHNW Individuals, Families, Family Offices and Advisors/Planners. He has specialised in Operational Roles such as Project Management, Operational Risk, Business Support and Database and Process Management. Gary has wide-ranging knowledge and expertise having worked internationally for major Wealth Management Firms and collaborating on numerous cross border projects.

Sunetha Parag
Head of Compliance
Sunetha has worked in both the funds management and corporate debt arranging sectors since leaving university in 2013. As her skills developed she has taken on a management level role at GCI Australia and Arculus Capital where she was focused on the enterprises financial outcomes. These skills will be actively applied to support Foundation Agri Finance’s administration. As part of the management role she provides compliance administration as well as support to the Responsible Manager of the Foundation Agri Finance AFSL.
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