Emma has had more than 20 year’s-experience working in the food and agribusiness industry for the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Renowned for her strong networks and leadership, Emma is a translator of ideas into strategies and actions that deliver positive and sustainable outcomes.
Before moving to the Sunshine Coast in 2015, Emma spent the previous nine years working with Victoria’s food industry in a range of senior roles with the Victorian Government. She facilitated the establishment of Victoria’s first representative group for the organic industry; led seven government departments in the development of a new policy framework for food; and created Australia’s largest and most successful inbound trade mission that resulted in $100 million in new food and beverage exports for Victoria.
Since 2016 Emma has been CEO of the Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN), a not-for-profit, industry cluster headquartered on the Sunshine Coast. Under Emma’s leadership membership has tripled; she has generated more than $12 million in new funding; created a scalable cluster model; and driven transformative projects like the Turbine Collaborative Food & Beverage Manufacturing Precinct. With a passion for partnerships and collaboration, Emma has evolved FAN into a nationally recognised organisation that delivers genuine growth opportunities for the food and agribusiness industry.
Emma is regularly called upon to present on the benefits of the cluster model, and in 2021 was awarded Outstanding Sunshine Coast Business Woman of the Year.