Graeme McKeller

Entrepreneur In Residence

Fun Fact: Graeme and his wife Lisa own a wilderness property in the border ranges. Whenever possible, Graeme will hide away from the busy city, sitting by a campfire, hiking or driving his tractor.

Professional Summary:

  • Since 2008 after selling his software business to a large listed ICT firm, Graeme has been working with entrepreneurs and business leaders to assist them in achieving their goals and navigating challenges. 
  • Graeme is a graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds an MBA from the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Graeme is also a Certified Advisory at the Advisory Board Centre in Australia.

Bio:

Graeme is an experienced entrepreneur and business advisor who provides independent advice to SME clients in the areas of growth, change and strategic finance activities. This includes preparing businesses for sale, facilitating access to growth capital and supporting M&A transactions. He also performs interim / part-time executive management roles, formal advisory and executive Board roles for clients, which are typically initiated after working with clients on commercial, growth and change strategies. Graeme’s key working relationships are with entrepreneurs, business owners, managers, shareholders and investors.

McKeller also provides due diligence advice to a number of investors, investment funds or corporate finance companies with transactions related to technology companies, particularly software-related or IP centric.

Prior to his current roles, Graeme worked in corporate environments and applied his business and IT skills to mining services companies and software businesses that built solutions for the global earth-moving equipment sector. This included senior management roles at Downer, Otraco and iSolutions, with responsibilities for undertaking project assurance, developing technology strategy, and business cases for growth. Graeme also explored growth strategies linked to acquisitions and facilitated the deal negotiations and due diligence process for a business sale to a listed Australian company.

Graeme’s business experience, which commenced in Australia in 2012, is built on extensive experience in South Africa in both business management and IT. In 2009 he co-founded a growth advisory business (Jala) focused on supporting and growing entrepreneurs and SME businesses in Africa. Jala later joined forces with a listed investment bank to win the program management role for Microsoft’s $50m equity equivalent investment into software technology businesses across South Africa.