Board of Directors




BRUCE BEGLEY, CHAIRMAN

Bruce has been involved in the customs brokerage industry for over 35 years joining Begley Hobba and Manton in 1980. Bruce has been a licenced Customs Broker and member of the Customs Agents Institute, now CBFCA since 1987. He has been a Director of Begley Hobba and Manton since 1988 and is currently responsible for the day to day running of Begley Hobba and Manton. Bruce is a representative on the Department of Agriculture Industry Implementation Group for the BICON project. He has an enormous amount of hands on operational and management experience.



JOHN MCLACHLAN, TREASURER

In 1956 John joined the Port Adelaide based Customs Brokerage and International Forwarding House C G McLachlan & CO Pty Ltd (Est. 1903), advancing to a Partner in 1966 and taking the reins as Managing Director in 1982 until implementing a successful company merger and integration of the valued client base with another South Australian brokering house in 2008. This career progression provided John with the knowledge and experience to become an accomplished business owner with proven commercial management expertise to successfully lead the Company over five decades providing efficient and expert advice and service in all aspects of importing, customs clearance and freight handling by both sea and air freight. The Company operated both nationally and internationally through an extensive network of Agents around Australia and throughout the world. Also during his career in the industry, John carried out the responsibilities and professional skills as an experienced Licensed Customs Broker for 38 years before semi-retiring from working in June 2010.

Since retirement from full time work, John has maintained an active participation in the Industry through undertaking part-time work and consultancy contracts as well as continuing to hold a Customs Brokers Licence, and also with the general commercial activity by being an active member of a number of professional associations.

Professional Memberships - Current CPA Member of the Australian Society of Accountants;Life Member and National Treasurer/Board member of the Customs Brokers & Forwarders Association of Australia Inc; Current member of the CBFCA Executive; Current Board Member of the Hong Kong Australian Business Council of Australia SA Chapter Inc;
Family Motto - Fortis et Fidus.



BOB WALLACE, DIRECTOR FREIGHT AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS

Bob is the current Director Business & Freight Operations and is on the Board representing the business of corporate brokerages and other Business Members of the CBFCA. Bob has previously held the positions of President Queensland and Treasurer of Customs Agents Federation and the Customs Agents Institute prior to becoming President Queensland, Director Business & Freight Operations of the CBFCA and then two terms as Chairman of the CBFCA. Bob commenced in the industry in 1969 and obtained his Customs Brokers License in 1974 after working overseas for three years and passing his license examination in London in 1972. He is currently the Managing Director of Wallace International Pty Ltd, a corporate Customs Brokerage and Freight Forwarding company in four ports, which operates its own Warehouse, Distribution, 77g Depot, Quarantine Approved Premises, and Container and Non Container Trucks.

Bob has been dedicated to the continued professionalism of our industry and has a firm commitment to both industry and the statutory government bodies to produce systems that are vital to the movement of cargo across our borders both imports and exports. As a representative of the CBFCA, he has been able to sit on many Committees to assist in the implementation of numerous systems developed over the years by Customs and Quarantine. It is in this arena that Bob maintains the rage to ensure that whatever systems are presented to our community that they are workable and commercially viable for all of our Members into the future.



ROBERT CRABTREE, DIRECTOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING

As a foundation Director of Kognition, Robert brings in excess of 37 years’ experience in customs and indirect tax with him, having managed customs, forwarding and consulting operations within Australia and acted as a senior trade analyst for many blue chip multinational corporations.

Robert’s industry recognised expertise has seen him engaged as an expert independent witness in technical matters before the courts.

Robert’s expertise also extends to post graduate lecturing, having presented successfully on the circuit for the past 23 years in addition to having been engaged by technical institutions and the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia to develop and write course curriculum. Robert has previously been involved in both the CAIA and CBCA having sat on the National Examinations sub-committee, the NSW State education and legislation committees and was elected Chairman of the inaugural joint industry Customs Course Advisory Committee.

Robert was licensed by the Government to act as a customs broker in 1986, holds a fellowship with the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia, and is fully accredited by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

His specialist experience covers all facets of international trade from tariff and valuation to Government assistance and grants, dumping, compliance and duty minimisation with a strong commitment to training in complex customs related matters.



ADAM BUTLER, PRESIDENT NSW

Adam has been involved with the NSW Regional Advisory Committee for the last few years. Recently appointed to the Board of the CBFCA has resulted in providing Adam with a platform to assist members facilitating international trade in this changing global environment. Adam is shortly to complete a masters degree in international customs law and administration. Currently Adam operates as a customs broker at Cable International Services which is a medium sized customs and shipping broking firm.

Cable International provides a diverse range of services which has armed Adam with a unique exposure and wide range of experience to the benefit of CBFCA members. With operational experience and a good ability to interpret customs related law Adam is looking forward to providing assistance on customs and business related issues in the international trading environment.

With a passion for learning and a willingness to share Adam is looking forward to serving his time on the Board for many years to come.



BRAD LEONARD, PRESIDENT VIC/TAS

Brad began his logistics career over 20 years ago after completing an Associate Diploma of Business in International Trade and a Bachelor of Business in Transport and Logistics Management, both at RMIT.

For the last 15 years, Brad has worked at Pro Kinetics (Aust) Pty Ltd, initially in an operations capacity before specialising in customs and subsequently becoming a licensed customs broker in 2009.

Brad joined the CBFCA Regional Advisory Committee in 2015 with the view of assisting fellow association members in matters of immediate concern as well as contributing to the future success of the CBFCA.



COLIN BRAME, PRESIDENT QLD

Colin started as a runner at the port of Felixstowe in the UK some 38 years ago, meeting the ferries from Holland and Belgium. The busiest morning being Tuesdays where 4 trucks would arrive with upwards of 400 entries between them. What a fabulous learning ground. Having relocated to Australia (for the second time), Colin spent 4 years on the other side working for an importer and making sure his local broker did the right thing. While working for multi nationals, he gained his brokers licence in 1995, and since that time has been an active member of the QLD Committee. Being hands on in this frustrating, but never boring industry, has been most beneficial when working with the CBFCA, and now, as President QLD, Colin hopes that this will help him greatly when working with the Board as they continue to deal with government road blocks. Colin has never held back when challenging Customs and Quarantine, and while it may annoy them, we all are only trying to do our jobs, and he will continue to annoy them for you, the members.




ANDREA GREEN, PRESIDENT WA

Andrea has been in the industry for over 15 years, having started her career in the year 2000. Over the past 15 years Andrea has worked in a variety positions from finance and administration, import, exports, key account management and customs compiling. Andrea is now a licenced Customs Broker after obtaining her licence in February 2014.

These skillsets have given Andrea a very broad overview of the day to day workings and challenges facing business within the industry.

Andrea is passionate, driven and energetic and looks forward to representing all West Australian members at a National level.



STEPHEN MORRIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

As Executive Director and member of the Board of Directors of the CBFCA, Stephen brings over forty years of experience in international trade facilitation and border clearance activities. He has worked with Government, regulators, the aviation industry, the international trade consulting industry and has been involved in not-for-profit industry affairs in supporting at an international, regional and national level, as well as service providers to international trade logistics and supply chain management; and he brings this experience to the benefit of CBFCA members.

Holding a Masters in Justice and an undergraduate degree, a Diploma in Finance, an Advanced Diploma in Australian and International Trade, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and being an Associate Professor of the University of Canberra, these aspects provide the academia component to his industry related skills.

Stephen is a Director of several private sector and industry related entities, a member of key Australian regulatory consultative committees, past member of the Quarantine and Exports Advisory Council on the Ministerial appointment, and Chair of the Customs Affairs Institute - one of the four leading technical bodies of the Zürich-based International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations. He also represents that organisation as a delegate on the Private Sector Consultative Group at the World Customs Organisation in Brussels. Stephen is a regular speaker at international forums under the auspices of the WCO, International Air Transport Association, International Civil Aviation Organisation and other international forums on customs and border related activities.