FAN is governed by a Board of Directors, each whom bring a unique combination of skills, expertise and industry knowledge.
Meet the Team – Our Board
Jacqui Wilson-Smith thrives on a challenge. An advocate of the term ‘disruptive innovation’, she is constantly pushing the boundaries of the status quo, highly motivated to deliver improvements to her products in a way that the market just does not expect.
Tony Sowden is a well-known Sunshine Coast lawyer having owned and managed commercial law firms in the region since 1992, with an expertise in organisations law, governance, corporate advisory, not-for-profit and agribusiness.
Mark Peters has held CEO roles in multinational organisations involved in the process control industry as well as Management Consulting roles preparing strategic, marketing and structure re-organisation plans for a diverse range of small to medium enterprises.
Andrew Eves-Brown is well recognised as a dynamic leader in the agri-business industry. With over 20 years experience in the FMCG space, he has a track record in implementing significant cultural and organisational change.
Evan Heidemann is an accomplished fresh produce and meat industry professional with a proven ability to develop and increase procurement and sales revenue. He is currently the Deputy General Manager at Sunfresh Marketing a Growers Co Operative based on the Sunshine Coast.
Jacqui is a passionate consumer marketer, with extensive experience in marketing and branding strategy in food and agribusiness. From mid 2012 to February 2017, Jacqui headed up Marketing at Buderim Group, where she completed a major repositioning of the Buderim Ginger brand, and was heavily involved in the company’s macadamia businesses (Agrimac and MacFarms of Hawaii).
Sean McGowan’s professional success is built on strategic collaborative partnerships and networking. Almost two decades of experience in restaurant and venue management, boutique wine retail sales, multi-site management abroad, and sales and marketing management have gifted him broad experiences and a keen eye for forecasting business development opportunities.
Meet the Team – Our Staff
Marketing – General Manager
Amy Clarke has a background in marketing and communications and a particular affinity for the food and agribusiness sector having grown up on farms on the Sunshine Coast and Western Queensland.
Emma Greenhatch has a strong background in the food industry and has held senior roles in government and private sectors including export markets, business development, strategic planning, research, sales and marketing.
Petra Frieser is the administrator and designer of Local Harvest – The Sunshine Coast and Surrounds Regional Food Directory. She is also a creative director (award winning), designer, photographer, product developer, author, publisher, reviewer, web designer, small business consultant, ‘major ideas person’ and self-proclaimed dreamer and entrepreneur.
Martin is a Food Tourism Consultant and Farm Tour Guide, Chef, former Restaurateur and People Connector. He delights in hosting chef and producer events, showcasing the Sunshine Coast and Mary Valley’s fabulous local produce, as well as hosting fun farm-gate tours, corporate high teas and long lunch events on farms.