The Co-operative

Mercury Co-operative Limited is registered under Co-operatives National Law in New South Wales, and has operated since 1990. Our Australian Business Number is 76 645 669 785.

The Board

Peter Tregilgas
Chair
Peter Tregilgas has skills and experience in creative and social innovation encompassing regional development, arts management, festival coordination, capital projects and social enterprise. Achievements includes; Director of the Adelaide Festival Fringe, inaugural Director of Tandanya Aboriginal Cultural Institute and Arts Access SA. Festival Consultant to the Victorian Tourism Commission developing the Melbourne International Festival and Comedy Festival and Executive for Regional Development Australia Mid North Coast. Peter’s specialist focus is Co-operatives and Social Enterprises and has produced the definitive publications “Social Enterprise in Australia” and “Co-operatives in Australia”. He is the founder of Social Enterprise Services Australia encouraging sustainable market based trading with a social outcome and an operating philosophy of Mainstream, Make Money and Make a difference. In 2015 Peter was invited to Chair the Mercury Co-operative.
Claire Marshall
Director
Claire Marshall has a love for stories, technology and social good. An award-winning creative and experienced speaker and facilitator, she has presented at conferences such as Ouishare (Paris), Re:publica (Berlin) and Disrupt (Sydney). With a focus on helping people think creatively about disruptive technologies, she has co-developed (with Dr Ele Jansen) a facilitated co-design card game that has been played with organisations worldwide including Google, and run experimental workshops for organisations such as UTS (the University of Technology Sydney) on topics like Blockchain and Virtual Reality. She is a passionate advocate for the sharing economy and sits on the board of Mercury Co-operative, as well as on the advisory team for The Studio a media technology incubator.
Monica Richter
Director
Monica Richter is an economist and Social Ecologist with over 20 years’ experience in environmental policy, advocacy and business engagement. Monica has worked for a number of not for profit environment organisations such as WWF, Australian Conservation Foundation, World Animal Protection and Greenpeace. Monica is a thought leader across a number of today’s sustainability challenges and has been invited to participate in forums including the Visions and Pathways 2040 – scenarios, visions and pathways for a low-carbon, resilient, built environment, the Sustainability by the Sea forum hosted by Waverley Council as well as being an advocate for the 202020 vision for 20 per cent more green space in Australian cities by 2020. She is an Executive member of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC). And recently she coordinated the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) conference on behalf of WWF and many other organisations.
Alan Greig
Director
Alan’s interest in employee and community ownership dates back to 1970s. He was Public Officer and a member of the Management Committee of the Australian Employee Ownership Association since its inception in 1986. When this organisation became Employee Ownership Australia Ltd (EOA) in 2011, he was elected to the Board and has remained a Director of that organisation since. He is Co-ordinator of the Social Enterprise Legal Models Working Group, which is hosted by EOA. EOA is also a member of the Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals (BCCM) with which it works in close association on cooperative and employee ownership matters. Alan worked in the NSW public sector for many years in senior policy positions in ageing and disability and, prior to that, as a regional adviser to funded community services in Western Sydney. Alan’s speciality is in participation and empowerment structures which encourage broader involvement in the governance of organisations and the widespread and democratic ownership of assets – for employees through their workplaces and for citizens through mutuals, co-operatives and savings schemes.
Peter Gates
Director/CEO
Peter’s 18 years of experience on the board of a major national financial co-operative provided the opportunity to serve in a number of roles including board Chair and allowed him to develop a keen interest in governance. This had developed into the broader area of enterprise architecture and the relationships between the various elements of the enterprise. Peter has delivered learning experiences for directors, management and staff on a range of governance and strategic topics. He has facilitated skills and leadership training programs in a number of Pacific countries working with grass-roots credit unions and co operatives. Peter has a regular presenter at conferences and workshops in the field of collaborative enterprise. Prior to joining Mercury, Peter had a career in telecommunications in the areas of customer service and the business side of information technology. During his time with Mercury, Peter has working with a diverse range of clients from start-up enterprises through to mature organisations assisting them in areas such as concept development; enterprise definition and creation; strategic and business planning; goal setting and situational analysis; governance reviews and renewal; and constitution/rules development.

The Associates

Our Associates are like minded collaborators who enhance Mercury’s ability to develop programs and connect with people & communities.

We are always keen to connect to people who may fit that description and invite you if interested to register on the Associates page.

How we operate

We design what you need. We will negotiate a fee appropriate to your organisation.

Mercury works to match service delivery to the clients needs. We use training courses and workshops, as well as working in small teams and one-on-one. In other words, we do not just deliver what we think you need, but will work with you to identify the most appropriate method of maximising the value to your stakeholders.

We partner with like-minded organisations and industry specialists to achieve excellence and best practice in service delivery. This also ensures that the most appropriate person delivers what you need.

We link with organisations and individuals both in Australia and overseas to create opportunities for improving business capability.

Our Vision, Mission and Values

Our Mission

Creating community wealth through sustainable ownership

Our Vision

Mercury is a collaborative enterprise catalyst working with organisations and communities to build sustainable enterprises and equitable wealth.

Our Values are Integral to Our Work

Central to the work of Mercury are our values:

We value co-operation and teamwork
We promote working together as organisations or individuals to produce a better outcome

We value innovation and learning
We look for opportunities to improve the way business is conducted
We emphasise best practice business and management skills

We value real empowerment
We seek to provide people with the skills and tools to help themselves
We focus on openly sharing knowledge and understanding to enable future challenges to be met
We encourage the establishment of networks to assist people in the challenges that they face

We value ethical conduct and behaviour, open communication, and fairness

The Origin of our Name

The name Mercury has many uses – a Roman God; an astrological sign and a planet.

Mercury was the Roman God of Business, Trading and Commerce. His name is the source for the word merchant. But he was also god of travellers and roads, of luck, and of music and eloquence. And he was the messenger of the Gods.

Mercury’s influence has long been attributed by astrologers with the gaining of knowledge, and the ability to think and speak. Mercury stands for ideas, methods and information. It represents excellence in teaching, learning, logic and reasoning, and above all, communication.

We believe the combination of these two streams captures the spirit of what we are striving to achieve.