John Eastburn has been a farmer at Baradine in Central West New South Wales since 1973, but his links to the land stretch back for generations. Mr Eastburn’s father, Ian was the original director of the Prime Wheat Association.

Mr Eastburn has been a GrainGrowers member since 1974 and director since 2006. During his service to the organisation he has travelled overseas many times as part of high level trade delegations to promote Australian wheat. He has been a member of the NFF trade committee since 2011. Mr Eastburn sits on GrainGrowers’ Finance, Remuneration & Nomination and Audit & Risk Committees.

He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Deputy Chair

Rodney Birch operates a 'grains only' farming company in Western Australia and as such has a strong focus on grain related matters and the future sustainability and profitability of the industry.

He currently holds directorships on the Boards of AGT (Australian GrainTechnologies), Pulse Australia, University of Western Australia's Institute of Agriculture Faculty and the Grains Industry Association of Western Australia.

Rodney was the first ever GrainGrowers member in Western Australia. 




Andrew is a grower from Narrabri in North West NSW.

Andrew has 30 years experience in agriculture and for the past 15 years has been an owner/partner and manager of a 5000ha mixed farm which encompassed all aspects of cereal, legume and summer cropping including irrigation and beef cattle (which also incorporates an Ausmeat accredited feedlot). Andrew is a member of the GrainGrowers Nominations and Remuneration Committee

Prior to his election to the Board, Andrew was a member of the former Regional Committee representing Region Two.

He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Rhys is a Western Australian grain grower from the York region with a passion for agriculture.

He was previously the non-executive director of two large agricultural organisations with annual sales revenues of $800 million and $120 million respectively. Through these roles, Rhys has gained significant experience in the areas of managing financial performance. He has also gained knowledge of international trade and market access as both businesses were involved in the import and export of agricultural commodities.

Mr Turton has been a graduate member of the AICD since 2002. He completed the company directors' course update program in 2014. 

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Julia hausler


Julia Hausler is a mixed farm grower in the Wimmera region of Victoria. Julia has over 20 years’ experience in agriculture including expertise in marketing, accumulation, education, agribusiness finance and rural policy.

Julia holds Masters of Agribusiness and Bachelor of Economics Degrees. She is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD) as well as a Graduate (GAICD)
Julia is a Board member of Rural NorthWest Health Board, Group Treasurer for Central Wimmera CWA and a member of the Birchip Cropping Group (BCG) Research Committee. GrainGrowers member since 2004.

Julia has been recognized as a leader through selection and completion of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLF 2012-2013) and being named as a finalist in the Inaugural 100 Women in Australian Agribusiness Awards. 

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Brett hosking


Brett is a fifth generation farmer running a mixed farming business in Quambatook in Victoria’s Mallee.  Together with his wife, Jane, and their four daughters, they grow wheat, barley, canola, lentils and field peas, along with sheep and cattle.

He has had a long-standing involvement in the Australian grains industry which saw him serve Victorian growers as the Victorian Farmers Federation Grains Group President from 2013 until 2017.  He currently serves farmers as the Vice President of the Victorian Farmers Federation. He has a passion for growing and for supporting farmers and the small communities that support them, ensuring their voice is heard.

Brett is active in his local community and is involved in many of the organisations which contribute to keeping a small community going.


Dr michele allan

Non-Grower Director

Michele Allan was appointed to the GrainGrowers Board in 2013. She is also currently the Chair of  Meat and Livestock Australia and William Angliss Institute, a Director of Ruralco Holdings Ltd and a Non Executive Director of Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ), GrainGrowers, CRC Hearing, Birchip Cropping Group, Forest and Wood Products Australia, MG Corporation and Wine and Grape Research and Development Corporation. Dr Allan also lead the Australian Government's Wheat Industry Advisory Taskforce.

Michele has strong leadership experience across many areas of the food industry. Previously Michele was the CEO of a publicly listed food company and has held executive positions at Amcor Limited, Kraft Foods, Bonlac Foods, ICI and Nestle.

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Non-Grower Director

Mark Allison was appointed Executive Director in 2013 and has extensive agribusiness sector experience spanning 30 years. He is a former Managing Director of Wesfarmers Landmark Limited and Wesfarmers CSBP Limited. He holds degrees in AgScience, Economics and Business.

Prior to his appointment at Wesfarmers in 2001, Mark held senior positions with Orica Limited as General Manager of Crop Care Australasia and with Incitec Limited as General Manager. He has also held senior sales, marketing and technical roles in the crop protection, animal health and fertiliser industries. Mark was the Managing Director of Makhteshim Agan Australasia Pty Ltd and Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Jeminex Limited. He was previously the Chairman of the APVMA Advisory Board and is currently Chairman of Elders and sits on the Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council Board. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.