Melina Morrison

Melina Morrison is the inaugural CEO of Australia’s first pan-sector peak body for co-operatives and mutuals. Members of the BCCM represent the largest businesses in sectors ranging from Banking and Finance, Insurance and Agriculture to Housing, Health and Motoring. The members of the BCCM have more than 9 million members. Melina is a well-known advocate for all forms of co-operative and mutually owned enterprise, regularly contributing commentary and appearing as a spokesperson for the sector. Melina has commissioned, edited and co-written the sector’s first national mapping reports. Her advocacy work for the sector resulted in Australia minting a coin commemorating the International Year of Co-operatives in 2012. Melina was also successful in lobbying for a Senate inquiry into the co-operative and mutual business sector, which handed down 17 ground-breaking reforms for the sector. This was followed with the former Treasurer Scott Morrisons announcement of an independent inquiry into access to capital issues for co-operatives and mutuals, the Hammond Review, which has now been implemented following new legislation for Mutuals.