Contact us 0414 369 122

Contact acorro:

Phone: +61 414 369 122


Post: PO Box 2049

Camberwell West 3124


John Downes, Strategic Mentor & Speaker


Based on 25+ years of corporate finance and management consulting experience in Australia, England and the United States of America, John helps business owners and CEO’s set their direction, plan how to get there and then walk beside them to help achieve their goals and stay true to their visions and aspirations. His ultimate professional pleasure and fulfillment is their growth and achievement.


-> Businesses growing in the $5m – $150m turnover range

-> Professional Services Practices up to $15m turnover


acorro. supporting success

Strategic Mentor at acorro – advising CEOs & business owners on strategy & implementation

October 2009 – Present. Melbourne, Australia

John supports business owners and CEO’s to develop their vision & strategy, and then hold them accountable to it, so they can achieve enjoyment, fulfilment and earn a just financial reward. No theory; just practical, implementable advice that we are prepared to roll up our sleeves and help bring to life.

Camberwell Girls Grammar School

President and Secretary of the Parents & Friends Association

June 2012 – Present. Melbourne, Australia

John supports the school in its friend raining and funds raising activities.

Herald Sun

The Pitch – Business Owner Strategic Mentor

March 2013 – January 2019. Melbourne, Australia

The Pitch is a full page in the Business Section that describes an up and coming small business and profiles the owner as written by editor Claire Heaney. Vivian, Bruce and I review a business each month and provide our mentoring insights of how the business owner could improve the successes of the business. It’s one of the ways I enjoy giving back.

The CEO Institute

Expert Speaker and former Syndicate Fellow

January 2008 – Present. Melbourne, Australia

Presenting CEO technical briefings including:

  • Business Strategy and Implementation
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Managing in Volatile Times and Growth Platforms

Access Hardware

Chairman – Strategy Advisory Board (non executive)

April 2012 – January 2018

Facilitating strategy development and driving implementation to achieve outstanding results.

Interlloy Pty. Ltd.

Chairman – Strategy Advisory Board

December 2010 – February 2012

Chaired board meetings with a keen oversight of the Growth and Succession Strategy implementation

The Business Development Company.

Founder, Owner and Growth Advisory Director

November 2009 – January 2011 (1 year 3 months)

The Business Development Company was launched on 1 February 2010. It has 28 senior strategy, operations improvement, franchising and leasing professionals located in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Perth and Auckland. We focus on helping guiding and supporting owners to maximise their Business Value in a very hands on and tangible way. It is well positioned to assist businesses looking to set their strategies for growth, prepare their deployment roadmaps, define the right mode of growth (franchise, organic &/ or acquisition), develop the systems/processes/infrastructure to build from and to then identify the right locations, negotiate the property deals, design and install the fitout and, to recruit the new management or business owners – all the while montoring and growing profitable performance.

Deloitte Private and Deloitte Consulting.

Strategy and Operations Improvement Consulting Partner

January 1986 – October 2009 (Melbourne, London, Canberra, Chicago, Melbourne)

Leader of Deloitte Private Consulting Practice

Previously focusing on reengineering and business case development for large transformation projects

Australian Technology Showcase.


January 2004 – September 2009

ATS assesses and supports the development and commercialisation of world leading innovative technology developed in Australia. It showcases hundreds of technologies across a wide variety of industry and business applications.


London Business School, Exec MBA Studies, Customer funded growth · (2018 – 2019)

Box Hill Institute, Advanced Diploma in Competitive Manufacturing  · (2016 – 2017)

Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, Fellow of ICAA    (1986-1989)

RMIT University, Graduate Certificate in Marketing, Business to Business. Business to

Consumer · (1990 – 1991)

Monash University, Bachelor, Economics, Politics, Information Technology · (1980 – 1985).