GrainGrowers employs a group of passionate professionals, working in a range of specialist roles across the organisation.
Dave has been with GrainGrowers since early 2015 and has led significant policy and industry improvements during his time with the organisation.
Dave is passionate about strong grower representation and ensuring the right policy and industry settings to provide the environment for profitable and sustainable farm production in Australia.
In recent years, Dave has held positions on a wide range of industry, government and research advisory groups. Dave has held senior positions in the National Farmers’ Federation and has worked in the Australian Government Department of Agriculture on a variety of national policy issues. He has worked on a number of mixed farming operations, and still keeps in touch through his family’s property in western NSW. Dave holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture) and Bachelor of Agribusiness, along with a Diploma of Government, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Helen ensures the efficient operation of GrainGrowers’ financial division and for responsibly managing GrainGrowers’ capital base.
As Company Secretary, Helen also assists the GrainGrowers Board of Directors to continue to operate under strong contemporary governance principles.
Helen has a Masters Degree in Accounting and Finance 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.
Luke delivers improved international trade and market access arrangements for the benefit of Australian grain farmers and the broader industry. This includes leading the Australian grains industry efforts on trade agreements and multilateral trade policy, while working collaboratively with the broader industry on resolving technical access barriers to our key international grain, oilseed and pulse markets.
Luke is an experienced agribusiness and financial markets professional with significant exposure to both farmgate agriculture and global financial markets. Luke was previously the Director of Agriculture Commodity Research with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and more recently Senior Manager, Advisory at INTL FCStone, a NASDAQ-listed diversified financial services firm. Luke has also held on-farm roles in broadacre agriculture in southern NSW, where he maintains an ongoing interest in his family’s farming business.
Fiona drives the development and implementation of GrainGrowers’ policy agenda and ensures that policy priorities and advocacy activities are supported by the National Policy Group. These policy efforts focus on delivering key tangible benefits for Australian grain farmers on issues such as reducing grain farmers' regulatory burden, improving efficiency of grain freight, and ensuring research and development levies provide a strong return to growers.
Fiona has driven agricultural policy outcomes for more than 20 years, both in farmer organisations such as NSW Farmers and at the NSW Dairy Corporation. She was also Corporate Affairs Manager at GrainCorp Pty Ltd. She holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Hons) and an MBA.
Nick manages the development and delivery of GrainGrowers’ digital agriculture platform and related commercial services. Through this role, Nick draw on his extensive experience in grain marketing, agricultural policy and agricultural finance.
Nick 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 previous 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. and a GTA arbitrator.
Chris is responsible for oversight and delivery of GrainGrowers’ communications strategy and the production of the full range of GrainGrowers’ communications including media relations, printed and digital magazine and newsletters, social media, annual report and other reports, website, and communication campaigns for the business units.
Chris has worked in agricultural communications for 30 years. Prior to joining GrainGrowers, she worked in communications for the Queensland horticultural industry, the sugar industry, and the agrichemical and fertiliser industries. 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).
Kaitlin’s role is to manage and drive GrainGrowers’ Capability Building area through delivering leadership development opportunities and events. She has experience in business development, events management, marketing and finance.
Kaitlin’s most recent role was managing corporate partnerships for a large not-for-profit organisation. Prior to this, Kaitlin held positions across many agricultural industries, including viticulture, aquaculture and ag-engineering. Kaitlin holds a Bachelor of Politics and Economics and has a passion for ag industry advocacy and development. She is excited to be part of a team that is committed to building the capacity of the future leaders of the ag industry. Kaitlin is still actively involved with her family’s farming operation in southern NSW.
With nearly 20 years of exposure to the grains industry and significant experience in office management, some would say that Carolyn is the backbone of the company.
As a member of the Senior Management Team, Carolyn supports both the CEO and Board of Grain Growers Limited. When Carolyn is not working with the Board, she ensures that the office runs smoothly and cost effectively, whilst also managing and implementing HR processes to improve company culture and productivity. Carolyn also coordinates the WHS activities across the company and contributes to the development and implementation of plans regarding key health and safety strategies. Carolyn’s role is often ever-changing with broad responsibilities which she adapts effortlessly to.
The Regional Team
Alan is responsible for liaising with grain farmers about the issues which beset their businesses and in supporting the National Policy Group Members in the Western Region (WA). He is active attending grains industry activities each week and travels hundreds of kilometres to meet growers on farm. Alan brings extensive experience in the agriculture sector to the role, providing an appreciation of the grain supply chain and a strong knowledge of crop agronomy across the WA grainbelt. 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.
Phone:0427 384 760
David co-ordinates the activities of the Regional Coordinators team as well as liaising with grain farmers about current farming issues in the Western Region (SA) and Southern Region (Victoria, Tas, southern NSW). He travels hundreds of kilometres each week to meet with growers where they farm. He also supports the work of NPG Members in those areas (SA, Vic, Tas, southern NSW). He joined the GrainGrowers team in December 2014 and comes from a farming background with considerable sales and marketing experience across agricultural industries including livestock, rural property, viticulture and grain marketing. David holds a Diploma in Farm Business Management and has also completed many other courses in sales, management and training.
Phone: 0437 176 280