About us

Australian Wool Network (AWN)

AWN, a subsidiary of AWN Food & Fibre holdings, is a privately-owned Australian business, founded in 1999. AWN has grown to become Australia’s largest independent wool broker, providing a comprehensive range of wool and related services, including livestock and property.

Our vision to bring wool growers, processors and consumers together has seen us build relationships across the supply chain, allowing us to deliver unique ‘bale to retail’ opportunities for our wool growing clients. This includes supply through our own, vertically integrated Australian manufacturing and retail businesses.

In order to deliver the highest returns and level of service for our clients, we invest in attracting, developing and retaining the best talent. With people at the heart of everything we do, AWN offers excellent career opportunities across Wool Broking, Private Buying and Livestock. Our Head Office employs professionals across Finance and Accounting, Marketing and Administration.

Our history

Australian Wool Network was established in 1999 by a visionary group of wool specialists who represented each stage of the wool processing pipeline; wool growers, wool processors and wool trading professionals.

Their vision to bring wool growers and wool processors closer together continues today through extensive wool marketing knowledge, in-depth market reporting, technical expertise, industry based strategic alliances and its knitwear manufacturing business Hysport, and its domestic retail division.

Australian Wool Network invites you to Share our Vision and partner with an Australian owned wool marketing company that is genuinely committed to driving demand and price for Australian wool and is delivering genuine value to the business of growing wool.

Our people

We are equally committed to our staff as we are to our clients. We have invested in only the very best personnel. Those who are;

• Industry’s best wool specialists

• Have excellence in wool handling, wool sales and marketing and importantly

• Who are committed to offering the highest level of service and wool marketing to our clients

 


AWN Board of Directors

Brendon Lunney, Chairman

Appointed Chairman in January 2011. Brendon is a wool grower and a Director of Australian Wool Network (AWN) P/L for over 10 years. A Member of the Remuneration Committee for 10 years and a Director of Network Investment Company Ltd (a major shareholder in AWN P/L) for
10 years until January 2011.

 

Barry Walker O.A.M, Deputy Chairman

Barry Walker is a wool grower and a Deputy Chairman of Australian Wool Network P/L and has been a Director of AWN since formation of the
company in 1999. Chairman of Network Investment Co. Ltd.
(a major shareholder in AWN P/L).

 

 

John Colley MAICD, Managing Director

John Colley is a wool grower, Managing Director and shareholder of Australian Wool Network P/L. He is also a Director of each of the following: Australian Wool Network P/L, Australian Pastoral Investments P/L, AWN Pastoral P/L, AWN Property P/L, Dyson Jones (WA) P/L, Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) and a Director and Vice President of National Council of Wool Brokers of Australia (NCWSBA).

 

Ben Barlow, Non-Executive Director

Ben joined the Board of Australian Wool Network as a Non-Executive Director in January 2016 after a successful career in Banking and Finance over 22 years and the associated acquisition and disposal of grazing properties at Hay NSW. Ben has a strong understanding of the wool industry and farming practices through practical and invested application. Ben holds a Bachelor of Economics, Masters of Business (Agribusiness) and is a Graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program. Ben also serves as Chair of Local Land Services for the Western Division of NSW, is Deputy Chairman of Murray Irrigation Limited and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.