Leadership Team

Next Rural advisors are based in all mainland States and provide services throughout rural and regional Australia. With collective experience in business, accounting, estate planning, financial and mediation services, our team bring value-adding skills and expertise to our clients across the rural sector. 

We are recognised throughout Australia for our expertise in helping hundreds of rural family businesses. Our understanding of the challenges faced by rural family businesses is evidenced by our professional credentials and our history of successfully supporting the rural sector.

Richard Moffitt

Richard joined Grant Thornton in November 1966. He is a Chartered Accountant and was admitted to the partnership in 1976. Richard served as the international Practice partner for Grant Thornton International and also as the Sydney firm’s Managing Partner for seven years.

Richard’s professional career has covered all aspects of the profession, however his passion is working with privately owned businesses, many of which are family owned.

When Richard is not at work, he enjoys running his cattle property in the Southern Tablelands.

Richard is based at our head office in Sydney, however he works with farming families throughout Australia.

Mark Scanlon

Mark is a Chartered Accountant who has worked for international accounting firms KPMG and Grant Thornton.

He has spent most of his professional life working with businesses throughout rural and regional Australia.

Mark has gained an enviable reputation as one of the leaders in business transition and succession planning and has assisted many hundreds of farming families to manage generational change and other business transition issues.

Mark is based at our head office in Sydney, however he works with farming families throughout Australia.

James Benson

James has over 35 years experience in Financial Services. He has held a number of senior executive positions including Managing Director of CSA Consulting Group, Managing Director of Norwich Superannuation, Director of Norwich Union Trustees, Head of Business and Responsible Officer of Challenger Superannuation Services and National Relationship Manager, Prime Super.

He owned and managed a highly successful Superannuation Consulting Company for over 20 years. His organisation provided high level strategic advice and support to most major Financial Institutions including Life Insurance Companies and Banks. He also assisted both State and Federal Governments in policy formulation and Industry feedback.

James is based in Cairns, Queensland and Melbourne, Victoria.