GrainGrowers team

ALAN MELDRUM

Regional Coordinator, 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.

BRIDGET MASTERS

Coordinator, Leadership and Events

Bridget spends her days producing the events run by GrainGrowers, including the annual Innovation Generation Conference, GrainGrowers Crops Comp and the Grains Innovation Tour. She also assists in facilitating the leadership and professional development programs. She has a background in events management, agricultural education and communications and looks forward to one day living in a regional community.

BRODIE MAYNARD

Administration Assistant

Brodie’s role is to provide professional, reliable and efficient administrative and project support services for GrainGrowers internal and external stakeholders through the smooth management of reception enquiries, office stock, domestic travel, overseeing schedules and all ad hoc duties.
Brodie has a background in administrative services and has been part of the GrainGrowers team since March 2019.

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.

DANIEL REID

Marketing & Communications Officer

Daniel coordinates GrainGrowers’ marketing and communication activities in order to drive grower engagement and support the work of other business units. 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

Regional Coordinator, 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

Manager, Sustainability

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 Relationship Officer

Isaac is the Grower Relationship 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 COMMINS

General Manager, Leadership & Events

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.

LUKE MATHEWS

General Manager, Policy & Research

Luke delivers improved international trade and market access for the benefit of Australian grain farmers and the 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 was previously the Director of Agriculture Commodity Research with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Senior Manager, Advisory at INTL FCStone. Luke maintains an ongoing interest in his family’s farming business in southern NSW.

LUCY DARRAGH

Policy Officer

With over 10 years’ experience in the agriculture sector, Lucy has worked in diverse roles.
From dairying to research agronomy, life cycle assessment, field operations management and policy research and development, Lucy has fostered strong technical knowledge and expertise in agriculture and environmental sciences.
Lucy holds a Bachelor of Agriculture and is currently completing a Master of Environmental Science and Management, specialising in crop physiology.
Lucy grew up on the NSW South Coast and is as comfortable behind the wheel of a tractor as she is behind a desk!

SHONA GAWEL

General Manager, 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.