Our team


 

Don Macdonald our founder.

Don Macdonald

                   
Don completed wool classing at Sydney Technical College in 1975. He then spent the next eight years working as a woolclasser and a shearer, mainly in Western NSW. In 1984 Don joined a firm in Sydney where he worked as a valuer, auctioneer and wool adviser. In 1988 Don founded Lanoc Wool in Dubbo which was a very successful company and one of the largest regional wool stores in Australia. Don remained as the Manager of Lanoc for 23 years, then in April 2011 circumstances led to him leaving Lanoc and establishing a new wool brokerage: Macdonald & Co Woolbrokers.

Don has maintained a heavy involvement in Wool Industry affairs as AWEX Director 1994-1996, founding chairman of the Inland Woolbrokers Association 1995-1999 and is currently the Broker representative on the Wool Industry Services and Advisory committee (ISAC).

Don and his wife Kerrie, live on a property between Wellington and Molong and have pastoral interests in Western NSW at Brewarrina, where they run Merinos.


Email don@macwool.com.au  |  Mobile 0438 638 654  |  AH 02 6369 6184


Luke Fitzgerald

Luke Fitzgerald

Luke was born and raised on a mixed farming property in the Baradine district. In 1985, Luke joined Wool Auctions of Australia where he worked with Don learning the skills of wool brokering.

Luke then spent several years with French wool buying firm, VanLaine, where he extended his knowledge of the industry. Luke was in charge of wool buying responsibilities for room 2 wools (skirtings, cardings & crossbreds) in Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane, and Goulburn, until this company's demise following the collapse of the floor price scheme in the early 1990s.    

Luke then took extended leave from the industry to travel abroad and returned to take up a six year stint as showfloor manager for Yennora Woolbrokers from 1994 through to August 1999, where he was responsible for setting up the show floor, valuing and auctioneering.

In August 1999, Luke joined Lanoc Wool as wool advisor/auctioneer, catering to the needs of clients, mostly in the areas north of Dubbo. Luke has a broad range of skills aquired over a long period of time working on both sides of the industry and has brought this extensive range of skills to Macdonald & Co.

Some career highlights include:

  • First auctioneer in Australia to sell wool after the complete disposal of the stockpile.
  • Luke had the honour of selling a donated bale (account Red Kite) in Macwool's second sale in May 2011. This bale measured 20.3 micron sold for a world record price of 6200 cents per kilo - a return of $12,462 for this charity. 


    Email luke@macwool.com.au  |  Mobile 0438 638 650  |  AH 02 6884 4191

 

Andrew Mills

Andrew Mills

 

Andrew, or Millsy, as he is commonly known around Dunedoo, has been working with Don for the last fourteen years. Prior to that, Andrew studied Agriculture at Tocal College and worked for several years in agriculture from Hughendon to the Hunter Valley, and many areas in between.
In the fourteen years at Lanoc Wool and now with Macdonald & Co, Andrew has worked in all areas of the operation, but in latter years has been largely responsible for wool valuing, auctioning and looking after clients in the areas mostly north and east of Dubbo.

Andrew also maintains a strong involvement in the industry through his role as chief wool steward at the Dubbo Show and coordinating the merino wether lamb at the National Ram Sales.


Email andrew@macwool.com.au  |  Mobile 0437 841 004  |  AH 02 6884 6430

 

Hunter Leeson

Hunter Leeson

Hunter was raised at Dunedoo on the family property, "Anglewood", which was a daughter stud to "Egelabra". Hunter completed wool classing in 1989. He worked on the family property for three years as well as part time shearing in the district, furthering his knowledge of the merino and wool industries.

In 1993 he moved to Dubbo to start work at Fletchers International, wool classing in the fellmongery for the next five years. Hunter joined Lanoc Wool in 1999 managing the rehandle for five years.

In 2005 he took up the position of wool advisor working in the western districts in NSW. Hunter's background has given him a thorough understanding of grower's expectations and a solid grounding in the practical side of wool growing and marketing.

Hunter is available to assist with ram selection and sheep classing.


Email hunter@macwool.com.au  |  Mobile 0437 205 057  |  AH 02 6884 5431 

 

Ian Sharp



Ian Sharp

1967 - Studied Wool classing Sydney Technical College Ultimo
1968/69 - Classed in NSW and QLD to gain on the job experience

1970 - Joined Country Producers Selling (CPS) company as a junior wool valuer and auctioneer.

1974 - Joined Elders Ltd as Wool Technical Officer and Auctioneer, undertaking all technical aspects of marketing and selling wool.  

1977/95 – Also travelled as Wool Specialist for central and far west NSW under mentor Ron Watt (Divisional Wool Manager NSW). Following the commencement of weekly sales in Sydney less time was spent travelling and more time specialising in the preparation, marketing and selling of clients’ wool as Senior Wool Technical Officer. 

2008 - Appointed to the position NSW Technical Manager responsible for the operation of both Sydney and Newcastle selling centres for Elders.


Email ian@macwool.com.au   Mobile 0429 037 187  |  AH 02 9890 1869

  

Brian Woods - Receival Manager

Brian began his career in the wool industry in the mid 1980’s working as a rouseabout in woolsheds in the Southern Tablelands, Riverina and Central-West NSW. In 1989 Brian commenced working in a wool buying operation in Crookwell until 1997 at which time he moved to Dubbo to commence working for Lanoc Wool. Brian stands out as a specialist at lotting wool and tracking growers clips throughout the woolstore.

Email brian@macwool.com.au