The BCCM is the peak body for co-operatives and mutuals in Australia. We unite member-owned businesses operating in all industries to increase awareness and recognition of co-ops and mutuals and the important contribution they make to the economy and community.
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About the CEO
CEO of Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals
Melina Morrison was the driving force behind the formation of the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM). The BCCM was formed in 2013 by the members of the National Steering Committee which hosted the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives in Australia. Ms Morrison was appointed to head up the newly formed organisation as its inaugural CEO.
Under Melina’s leadership the BCCM has achieved fundamental reforms to level the playing field for member-owned firms. She has created greater awareness of co-operative and mutual enterprises, advocated for and successfully driven legislative and regulatory changes, and worked with government and the private sector to introduce socially-minded competition in enterprise.
Melina has worked closely with member businesses operating across nearly all sectors of the Australian economy.
Like other Australian businesses, co-operatives and mutuals in many industries are severely impacted as a result of the business interruption caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Melina has headed the sector’s COVID-19 response working with BCCM member organisations to share information, resources and supply chain strategies to keep these businesses strong. She has been working with government at all levels, to make sure the co-operative and mutual sector is treated fairly, in line with assistance given to other types of businesses. She has worked closely with government, being involved with response coordination roundtables across the industry, agriculture and treasury portfolios on a range of issues.