GrainGrowers employs 28 people, working in a range of specialist roles across the organisation.
Since GrainGrowers prides itself on delivering only the best, the General Manager's and Senior Management Team have no less than vast experience and expertise in delivering key outcomes to the agricultural and food industry. Together, they unite to deliver key strategic outcomes, ultimately achieving GrainGrowers’ main objective of promoting the development of Australian agricultural resources.
DAVID MCKEON - GENERAL MANAGER
Dave has extensive experience in both farm management and agricultural policy. He most recently held the position of Manager, Rural Affairs at the National Farmers’ Federation and previous to this played a key role within the Australian Government Department of Agriculture on avariety of national policy issues. Complementing his policy expertise, Dave has significant hands on experience from working on a number of mixed farming operations, as well as remaining active in his family’s property near Hillston in western NSW.
Dave holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture) and Bachelor of Agribusiness from Charles Sturt University, along with a Diploma of Government.
MICHAEL SOUTHAN - GENERAL MANAGER
Michael Southan has over 20 years of experience as a researcher in grain quality and grain-food processing. He has a PhD in Agriculture and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Michael is a member of the Australian Wheat Variety Classification Panel, sits on the Grain Trade Australia Standards Committee, and is a member of the Central Tablelands Local Land Services Agricultural Industry Advisory Committee.
His passion for agriculture and food keeps him actively involved in his farming business with his family.
Helen Hu - Chief Financial Officer (CFO) & Company secretary
Helen joined GrainGrowers in October 2013 and is the Chief Financial Officer. She has a Master Degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Sydney and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a graduate of the Governance Institute of Australia. Helen has previously worked for large universities and held senior executive roles in sports organisations in Australia. She has extensive experience in managing the finance for not-for-profit and membership based organisations.
Chris Walker - Communications Manager
Chris joined GrainGrowers in February 2017 after 10 years working for Queensland horticulture growers as Communications Manager at the peak body Growcom in Brisbane. Prior to that, she ran her own small communications consultancy for two years working for agribusiness companies, including Nufarm and Crop Care Australasia. She has worked as a consultant in public relations and advertising agencies in Melbourne and Brisbane including Jenny Gilbert Communications and the Phillips Group, and as a communications officer in the Australian sugar industry. Chris has a Graduate Diploma in Communications Practice (QUT) and a Bachelor of Arts (Queensland University). She is a member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia and a life member of the Rural Press Club (Queensland).
nick bryant - commercial manager
Nick joined GrainGrowers in July 2016 to manage and develop the GGL digital agriculture platform. He was raised on his family’s farm at Greenethorpe in south west NSW and has experience in grain marketing, agricultural policy and agricultural finance. He has also worked on some of Australia's largest resource construction projects including the Chevron operated Wheatstone LNG facility in WA's Pilbara region. Nick’s most recent agribusiness position involved a key role in establishing and leading a new business unit for WA-based equity capital provider AACL.
Nick holds a Bachelor of Business (Agricultural Commerce), is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD) and was a participant in the Australian Rural Leadership Program. He has previously been Board Secretary for Indigenous mentoring group True Blue Dreaming Inc, a GTA arbitrator and a mentor to participants in the Australian Future Grain Leaders Program.
GrainGrowers' team of Regional Coordinators spend a lot of time on the road working with local grain producers to identify and address critical industry issues. They're also on hand to offer advice about GrainGrowers Policy, Events and Products and Services. The following Regional Coordinators represent GrainGrowers in different regions throughout Australia.
Use the details below to get in touch with your local representative.
Queensland & Northern NSW
0407 170 315
Follow Susan on Twitter: @smcdonnell_Susan joined GrainGrowers in 2011 and has a background in finance and accounting and is the Financial Controller for the family owned and managed farming and grazing properties, growing dry land cereal, pulse and fodder crops in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland. Susan is an Industry Fellow at The University of Southern Queensland with the Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development. Susan is also a Reference Panel Member for Partners in Grain Queensland.
0427 384 760
Follow Alan on Twitter: @AlanMeldrum_GGL
Alan joined the GrainGrowers team in January 2017 as the Western Australian Regional Coordinator. He brings extensive experience in the agriculture sector, providing an appreciation of the grain supply chain, a strong knowledge of crop agronomy across the WA grainbelt and the seasonal risks of grain production.
Alan most recently held the position as the sole representative for Pulse Australia in Western Australia for 11 years and also acted as executive officer for the Grains Industry association of WA (GIWA) Pulse Council. Since 2010 Alan has assisted with the compilation of the GIWA Crop Report.
0437 176 280
Follow David on Twitter: @DavidEvans_GGL
David joined the GrainGrowers team in December 2014 as the South Australian Regional Coordinator. He comes from a farming background and has considerable sales and marketing experience across agricultural industries including livestock, rural property and viticulture and most recently for nine years in grain marketing. David holds a Diploma in Farm Business Management and has also completed many other courses in sales, management and training.
SOUTHERN NSW, victoria and Tasmania
0418 263 039
Clayton joined the GrainGrowers Limited team in May 2016, as the Regional Coordinator for Southern New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.
He comes from a diverse agribusiness and agronomy background having worked for Meat and Livestock Australia as the National Livestock Reporting Service Co-Ordinator, including experience as a branch manager for Landmark and more recently as the Operations Manager for an on-farm storage and grain services business Agri-storage and Logistics Pty Ltd based out of Moree.
Clayton currently holds Agsafe and Chemcert certificates and has an Advance Diploma of Agrifood Systems majoring in Crop Management from TAFE New England and UNE and is currently working towards and Bachelor of Agrifood Systems from UNE.
He is extremely passionate about broadacre cropping and the Australian cereals, pulse and oilseed industries. This passion has been developed from working around regional NSW and QLD and he looks forward to catching up with you all as the season progresses.