Gary Cornelius


M: 0414 364 363

Over 30 years’ experience in corporate finance, consulting and mid-market M&A

Excellent understanding of government business practices and processes

Non-executive director of international plant breeding genetics IT company

Fellow of the Australian Corporate Treasury Association and Institute of Company Directors

B.Ec (Hons), FCTA, FAICD Dip


Bachelor Economics (Honours)

Graduate Diploma Institute of Company Directors

Professional Memberships

Fellow Corporate Treasury Australia

Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors

Experience Overview

Gary is a Senior Adviser specialising in corporate strategy, mid-market M&A, project and investment evaluation and pricing and costing under National Competition Policy. His background includes over 30 years in consulting, banking, finance and international trade.

He undertook a part-time secondment to the SA Department of Premier and Cabinet as an adviser on economic and financial issues to the Micro-Economic Reform Unit and regularly consults to Governments at a high level.

He is the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Global Crop Breeding Support Service, Mexico City and a director or former director of a number of private and unlisted public companies including the Dairy Futures Co-operative Research Centre, based at La Trobe University, Melbourne, where he also chaired the Audit Committee.


Disposal of the Miners Den retail outlets for Codan Ltd

Adviser to Aqua Drilling and Grouting on being acquired by Boart Longyear

Sale of Dalsteel Stainless to Amari Metals, UK

Advice on the MBO of a major advertising agency

Sale of Fagersta Steels to OneSteel Ltd

Relative valuations to facilitate the merger of ABB Grain Ltd and Ausbulk Ltd


Project evaluation for the provision of services to the Mt Barker development for SA Water

Rate of return advice for Australian Rail Track Corporation

Pricing and costing models for SA Water, Brisbane Water and Sun Water based on National Competition Policy Principles

Development of non-regulated pricing policy and models for ElectraNet

Commercial advice on structuring the Virginia Pipeline BOOT Scheme, the Barossa Infrastructure off-peak pricing and the Clare reticulation scheme for SA Water

Evaluation of commercial property alternatives to re-locate the SA Film Corporation

Pricing and costing service delivery for the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA)

Valuation of businesses to be acquired by the Land Management Corporation

Emerging Technologies and IP

Valuation of the InterGrain barley breeding business to price a minority investment by Monsanto

Development of commercial options for Barley Breeding Australia on behalf of the Grains Research and Development Corporation

Director, Molecular Plant Breeding CRC and Dairy Futures CRC

Strategic advice and negotiation assistance to address a royalty dispute for Dairy Australia

Fund raising and advice to CSIRO regarding the commercialisation of Vegetation Canopy Lidar project for forest valuations