Our Team

Daryl Young – Director

Bsc Ag, Dip Bus Mgt

Daryl is a Director and CEO of specialist investment firm Koopman Securities, which specialises in funding innovate businesses that support the circular economy. 

Daryl’s commercial interests include business development, mergers & acquisitions, consulting — particularly in business focusing on renewable energy, climate change, rehabilitation of contaminated lands, effective agricultural development, mineral and agricultural commodities & products.

He built an enterprise with $25 million annual turnover servicing growers with competitive agricultural products and alternative marketing options. He has also developed several R&D projects to cut the use of pesticides and increase production in crop rotations. 

Daryl is part of a comprehensive network of farmers, agribusinesses and innovators providing leadership for Australian agriculture, climate remediation and effective use of our resources.  He has established several significant joint R&D projects with universities and state agricultural departments. Internationally, he has created a global network of agents and interacts with them in developing commodity export programs.

Merrill Gray – Director

MBA, B Eng (Mineral Metallurgy/Mineral Processing), BSc (Geology)

An experienced ASX listed, Public, Private company and Not for Profit Non-Executive (NED) and Executive Director (CEO/MD).

Merrill has held ministerially appointed Government council roles – in both Victoria and South Australia. Over the past 12 years, spent five (5) years as an ASX listed CEO/MD, a further 4 years as a Public company CEO/MD, 1 year as a CFO and Company Secretary and 4 years on Government Councils, holding various NED roles.

Bringing commercial and technical Mining, Energy and Sustainability skills to the Board room, Merrill has core skills in integrative systems thinking, the introduction of new technologies to the Australian market place and strategic planning particularly in breaking strategies down into practical deliverables.

Track record raising capital (+A$50 m) with enterprise wide financial and governance literacy.

Currently a Corporate Advisory working in Energy, Mining, Infrastructure and Sustainability for business owners and Directors.

Merrill brings both large Corporate and Start-up experience.