GrainGrowers team

ALAN MELDRUM

Grower Engagement Officer – WA

Alan moves throughout the grainbelt in WA talking with grain farmers about the issues which beset their businesses and the work that GrainGrowers is doing in the federal policy space. He joined GrainGrowers in 2017 after a long stint as the representative for Pulse Australia in Western Australia for 11 years and is held in high regard by industry. Alan brings extensive experience in the agriculture sector providing an appreciation of the grain supply chain and a strong knowledge of crop agronomy across the WA grain belt.

AMELIA SHAW

Policy Manager, Rural Affairs

Amelia hails from sunny Queensland having spent a period of her childhood on sheep and cattle stations. Amelia has a Bachelor of Business Management (Marketing) and Arts (Political Science and International Relations) from the University of Queensland. Amelia started her career in Ag a little over two years ago when she took up a policy role with AgForce Queensland Farmers where she fell in love with the industry and grew a passion for helping the voices of farmers be heard. In July 2019, Amelia joined the GrainGrowers as Policy Manager for Rural Affairs.

CAROLYN RICH

Corporate Services Manager

With nearly 20 years of exposure to the grains industry and significant experience in office management, Carolyn is the backbone of the company.
As a member of the Senior Management Team, Carolyn supports both the CEO and Board of GrainGrowers. Carolyn ensures 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.

CONSTANTINE THEODORE

Junior Policy Officer

Constantine assists the policy team at GrainGrowers. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Sydney, focusing on Entomology and Horticulture. Through his studies, Constantine was given the opportunity to travel throughout Australia and learn about Australian agriculture first-hand. He is also an amateur beekeeper, backyard gardener and has worked on family and friends’ farms in rural Greece, where he was raised.

COURTNEY RATCLIFF

Events Coordinator

In her role as Events Coordinator, Courtney coordinates GrainGrowers’ events and conferences. Courtney joins GrainGrowers with an extensive background in both social and corporate event management. Courtney holds a Bachelor of Business in events and leisure from UTS and is an avid home baker.

DANIEL REID

Events Manager

Daniel coordinates GrainGrowers’ events and conferences. Daniel has a background in journalism and has also been extensively involved with his family farming enterprise in Temora, NSW.
Daniel created a paddock to plate lamb brand as a bolt on to the existing farm business that supplies lamb to farmers markets in Sydney.

DAVID EVANS

Grower Engagement Officer – SA

David liaises with grain farmers about current farming issues in the Western Region (SA). He travels hundreds of kilometres each week to meet with growers where they farm. 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.

DAVID MCKEON

Chief Executive Officer

Dave has been with GrainGrowers since early 2015. He is passionate about strong grower representation and ensuring the right policy and industry settings provide the environment for profitable and sustainable farm production.
Dave has held senior positions in the National Farmers’ Federation and worked in the Department of Agriculture. He has worked on 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.

DESMOND WONG KEE

Finance Manager

Desmond has been with GrainGrowers since 2009.
His role covers all areas within the finance operations of the company and ensures that the finance department is run in an effective and efficient manner.
Desmond has extensive experience gained while working for large to medium sized companies across a broad range of industries.
Desmond is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants and a Justice of the Peace.

FIONA MCCREDIE

Policy Manager, Sustainability and NRM

Fiona drives the sustainability projects of GrainGrowers, currently leading the Grains Sustainability Framework project that involves all of the grains industry.
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.

HELEN HU

Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary

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.

ISAAC JONES

Grower Insights and Innovation Officer

Isaac is the Grower Insights and Innovation Officer for GrainGrowers, helping connect GrainGrowers with the grains industry and Farming Systems Groups in the eastern states. His priority in the Sydney office is ensuring Grower’s personal information is managed securely, but is also often at events to chat with growers about how GrainGrowers can improve their work for Australian grain farmers. He has qualifications in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security, and has industry experience with the GRDC and Farming Systems Groups around research and extension.

KAITLIN LEONARD

General Manager, Grower and Industry Development

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 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.

MEG KUMMEROW

Grower Engagement Officer - QLD

Meg works with Queensland grain growers to develop and grow a sustainable and profitable grains industry in the North. She has worked in various roles across the cotton and grains industry over two decades. She has continued involvement in industry organisations such as the Australian Summer Grains Conference, PinG QLD (Partners in Grain Qld) and the Australian Sunflower Association. Meg also a strong background in #AgTech. She and her family live and work on a grain farm at Norwin on the Darling Downs.

ROMA CHRISTIAN

Senior Communications & Marketing Officer

Roma Christian is an award-winning journalist with many years’ experience in strategic communications across a variety of sectors including government-backed non-profits and technology. Roma holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Curtin University and studied international business in Europe. Growing up in regional West Australia before moving to Sydney in adulthood, Roma is passionate about ensuring rural sentiment is well communicated within broader Australian society.

SHADEH LOUCAS

Administration Assistant

Shadeh is the Administration Assistant for GrainGrowers, supporting the Corporate Services Manager with office management, travel bookings, CRM updates and general enquiries. She has a background in admin, customer service, marketing and sales. Shadeh has attended schools all around the world, including Iran, France and USA. She is fluent in English, Farsi and conversational French and has lived in Sydney since 1985. She also has a passion for arts, humanitarian services and environmental processes.

SHONA GAWEL

General Manager, Communications and Grower Engagement

Shona manages the marketing, communications and membership services for GrainGrowers. Shona has extensive experience in communications and has a passion for digital technology.
Shona's experience includes roles in Australia and the United Kingdom, working on projects that have spanned infrastructure, the charity sector and industry associations.
Shona's diverse experience gives her highly developed skills to lead the team in engaging more directly with our growers.

TRACY BUTLER

Grower Development and Leadership Programs Manager

Tracy helps invest in the future capacity of the industry by supporting innovative grower leaders through a range of flagship initiatives.
She has extensive experience in executive coaching, adult education, leadership, management, and corporate partnerships.
Tracy holds qualifications in executive and leadership coaching, workplace training, marketing, and business. Tracy comes from southern NSW, having spent her childhood on a farming property.

ZACHARY WHALE

General Manager, Policy and Advocacy

Zach manages GrainGrowers’ policy and advocacy efforts working to ensure the right policy settings for Australia’s grain growers. Previously, Zach has worked for the Department of Agriculture and most recently was the Grains Policy Director at AgForce Queensland Farmers. He has qualifications in International Relations and Public Policy and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Zach is from Merriwa in rural New South Wales, where his family remains involved in agriculture.

ZARA BRYAN

Communications & Marketing Officer

Zara assists with communications and marketing activities at GrainGrowers. She has a background in journalism and digital media and has previously worked in both the public sector and the not-for-profit sector. Zara holds a Bachelor of Journalism and Professional Writing from the University of South Australia and grew up between Adelaide and regional New South Wales. She has a passion for associations and value they provide.