GrainGrowers’ Board



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 Vice President and prior to that as VFF Grains Group President from 2013 until 2017. 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.


Deputy Chair

Rod Birch is a Grower Director from Coorow, Western Australia and is the Owner and Managing Director of Catalina Farms.
Rod was appointed to the GrainGrowers' Board in September 2014, elected the Deputy Chair in December 2016, and is a member of both the Investment Committees and Nomination Remuneration and Human Resources Committee. He is also a member of the National Lupin Release Committee and a founding member of the Liebe group, a prominent grower research and development Farming Systems Group in the mid-west region of WA.
Rod was a founding director of the Grains Industry Association of WA in 2008 and Chair of its Pulse Council until 2014. Rod has been a director of Australian Grains Technologies (AGT) and completed the maximum six-year term in 2016.



Julia Hausler is a mixed farm grower in the Wimmera region of Victoria. She has more than 20 years’ experience in agriculture including expertise in marketing, accumulation, education, agribusiness finance and rural policy.
Julia is Chair of Rural NorthWest Health Board, Group Treasurer for Central Wimmera CWA and a member of the Birchip Cropping Group (BCG) Research Committee. She has been a GrainGrowers member since 2004.
Julia completed the Australian Rural Leadership Program in 2013 and was named as a finalist in Fairfax Media’s Inaugural 100 Women in Australian Agribusiness Awards.



Rhys is a grain grower from York in Western Australia where he grows a range of crops including cereals, pulses, canola and hay. He is currently the Chair of COGGO (the Council of Grain Grower Organisations) and is also the Vice President of the WAFarmers.
Previously, Rhys held non-executive director roles with two large agricultural organisations, in Australia and internationally. Both organisations were involved in the importation and exportation of agricultural commodities, including grain, fertiliser, agricultural chemicals, animal health products, sulphuric acid, nitrification inhibitors and stockfeeds. These Board roles gave Rhys a thorough understanding of international trade and markets. Rhys was also a Councillor on the Co-operative Federation of Western Australia for seven years.



Andrew runs a cropping, irrigation and livestock enterprise near Narrabri, NSW. Prior to his election to the Board, Andrew was a member of GrainGrowers’ Regional Committee representing the Northern Region. Andrew has served GrainGrowers as Chair and Deputy Chair, and as Chair of the Investment Committee. Currently, Andrew is a member of the GrainGrowers’ Audit Risk and Finance Committee and Investment Committee. Previously, Andrew has represented growers at the NFF’s Members’ Council and on several NFF committees.


Non-Grower Director

Michele Allan was appointed to the GrainGrowers Board in 2013. She is also currently the Chair of Meat and Livestock Australia, Apple and Pear Australia Limited and Chancellor of Charles Sturt University. She is currently a non-executive director of the following organisations – CSIRO, Innovation and Science Australia, Food and Agri Business Growth Centre (FIAL), Nuffield Australia and CRC Food Agility.
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.


Non-Grower Director

Mark Allison was formerly the Executive Director of GrainGrowers (2013/2014) and has extensive agribusiness sector experience spanning 35 years. He is currently Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Elders Limited and Chair of Agribusiness Australia. Mark was a former CEO of Grain Growers Limited, and a former MD and CEO of Jeminex Limited, Farmoz Pty Ltd, Wesfarmers Landmark Limited, Wesfarmers CSBP Limited and CropCare Australasia Pty Ltd. He was also a former General Manager of Incitec Fertilisers. He is a former Chairman of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority, CropLife and Agsafe.