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Welcome from our CEO

Our Dream at Merriwa is to be part of a future where people of All Abilities reach their potential and feel respected, happy and confident.

Merriwa is an organisation operating as a social enterprise since the mid 1990’s. One of Merriwa’s core values is Diversity something we live and breath on a daily basis through our people and business operations. Employing an all abilities team of over 300, Merriwa operates commercial businesses in the Packaging, Timber and Garden Nursery sectors, along with delivering support services in Child Youth and Family.

Our workplace is based on philosophy of continuous improvement, creating a safe place where people are encouraged to have a go, where getting it wrong is not seen as failure but as an opportunity to learn, improve and grow.

Merriwa is extremely proud of what we have achieved since our foundation back in 1975. We operate successfully in a dynamic and challenging commercial world, delivering strong and sustaining social outcomes for today and the future.

We invite you to join us,

Bart Crawley

Chief Executive Officer

At Merriwa, our Dream, Purpose and Values guide the way we work together with our clients, customers and each other. By caring about our business and each other we can help more people in our community.

Our Dream:
We are part of a future where people of all abilities reach their potential and they feel respected, happy and confident

Our Purpose:
We provide an environment which encourages people to reach their potential while delivering quality products and services to our customers and clients.

Our Values:
The Merriwa team has shared values which result in taking PRIDE in our work and our role in supporting our community;

We are prosperous and successful in the provision of our products and services, and having a positive working environment.

We treat the Merriwa business like it is our own

We are honest, ethical and work to high standards

We acknowledge that every person has different abilities and we welcome, accept and celebrate our differences

We are committed to being the best we can be, everyday, as we serve our clients and our customers

Merriwa is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors. Board members bring their skills, expertise and vision to the board table for the benefit of the entire organisation.

Our Board of Directors understand that the heart of Merriwa lies in our ability to continue to successfully manage our commercial operations so that they fund our important social dividend projects.

Chris Cunningham

Distinguished governance background combined with strong leadership experience.

Director since November 2019

Danny O’Donoghue
Deputy Chair

Executive Officer, NE Tracks LLEN Executive. Management experience within public service and education sectors.

Director since March 1995

Craig Thorp

Own and operate family pastoral company.
International strategic commercial experience in the food industry sector with a focus on quality and business sustainability.

Director since November 2019

Libby Hosking

Former Principal of Wangaratta District Specialist School
A champion of and for, people with disability.

Director since October 2014

John Joyce

Director, RESET Pty Ltd
Management experience in strategic planning, project development and implementation as well as having had key Director/Management roles with State Government Departments, in the area of Regional Development, Housing and Community Care, Acute Health and Aged Care.

Director since November 2013

Matthew Joyce

Senior transport and technology business owner and operator. Extensive governance experience and community involvement.

Clayton Neil

Gabrielle Grant

Jonathan Koop

Jonathan Koop is a local sheep farmer and father of four.   With a previous career in corporate finance, Jonathan is a member of the AICD with more than 10 years experience as a Company Director.

Merriwa’s Leadership Team has diverse skills in commerce, industry, private, public and community service sectors.

Senior Management Team

Bart Crawley
Chief Executive Officer

Colin McClounan
General Manager Merriwa Community

Scott Grant
General Manager Business Development

Peter Anderson
General Manager Packaging

Natasha Arnold
Manager Commercial Services

Jacquie Pavlik
Manager Compliance

Ian Shinkfield
Cheif Finance Office

Jeff Little
Manager Business Services

Mark Umanski
General Manager Timber

Jo Maples
Senior Manager Marketing & Communication

Merriwa is proud to support a range of organisations, community, individuals and sporting groups in our community.

To help guide those seeking sponsorship, Merriwa has developed a sponsorship application process to ensure our requirements and guidelines are clear, and to encourage applications that align with those needs. We will consider applications that;

  • Are in line with Merriwa’s products
  • Are in line with Merriwa’s values
  • Directly involved the Wangaratta and surrounding communities

We require a minimum of 4 weeks to consider sponsorship requests. Please download the Merriwa Sponsorship Application Form here and submit completed form to:

Jo Maples
Marketing Assistant
144 Greta Road,
PO Box 392
Wangaratta VIC 3676

E: [email protected]