After undertaking a nomination process, the Food and Agribusiness Network (FAN) has received four (4) nominations for the one (1) available Member Elected Director position. The names of the Nominees are listed below.
FAN has adopted an electronic voting system for the election of Elected Directors. Accordingly, members eligible to vote will receive an email, sent to their nominated email address, entitled “Notice of Annual General Meeting & Election of Director“.
Please note, only current industry members are eligible to vote; affiliate members are not eligible to vote. Only one vote per industry member will be accepted. All votes must be cast and received by 5pm, Monday 26 November 2018.
If you have any questions relating to the voting process please email [email protected] or call 0466 634 465.
- ANN ROSS
- KYLIE WATSON
- BRENT CHAMBERS
- BERNARD PARKER
Ann is a regionally renowned bee keeper based on the Sunshine Coast. Her company Hive Haven specialises in producing award winning products from both Australian stingless bees and European honey bees. Since its establishment in 2011, Hive Haven has gone from strength to strength. Ann has been recognised as being in the ‘Top 50 Australian Business Leaders of 2018’ by the Australian Small Business Magazine. The company has won several awards since inception including a Queensland Regional Award for ‘Innovative Agriculture’ and a Sunshine Coast Business Award for ‘Smart Product & Service’.
Ann attributes much of Hive Haven’s success to the support and encouragement received from the FAN community and she has been active supporter of FAN since its inception. Ann is a passionate community member and volunteer and has been active in leadership positions in the Glasshouse Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, and the Beerwah Ambulance Group. Ann is highly motivated and seeks to clarify and maintain ideas, values and mission of the boards or organisations that she is involved with. Ann’s business acumen is backed by a Business Degree and she is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Kylie has extensive experience in senior management in the food and agriculture sector. As CEO of one of Queensland’s largest macadamia processors, Kylie’s experience in food manufacturing is vast, extending from strategic goal setting to new market and export development.
A Certified Practicing Accountant, Kylie also brings a wealth of financial experience from small to medium sized companies. As part of Kylie’s role as CEO of Nutworks, she has a strong understanding of the macadamia industry and has spent considerable time working closely with the local macadamia growing community. This has provided her with deep insights into the current and future challenges impacting both the macadamia and other agricultural sectors.
Brent is currently the General Manager of Sunfresh Marketing Cooperative in Coolum. The core function of Brent’s role is to create a conduit for growers to sell their commodity to wholesale markets, export markets and chain stores. Previously, Brent was the General Manager of one of the largest citrus packing facilities in Queensland, where his role encapsulated food safety, HR, marketing, finance, logistics and developing efficiencies in the packing process.
Brent has a Bachelor of Business Management and a vast knowledge of paddock to plate processes. He thrives on ensuring that growers are getting a fair deal. Brent has family roots in the country and understands the challenges faced by growers daily; this stimulates his appetite to make a change for the better in the horticultural industry.
Bernard has actively participated in FAN workshops, GrowCoastal and other FAN events since its inception. Bernard has extensive practical, business and operational board experience from working in the food industry nationally and internationally. Based on the Sunshine Coast, Bernard heads up ParkerFood Pty Ltd Food Industry Consultancy, which has local and overseas engagements. Prior to his role with ParkerFood, Bernard was the Managing Director at Bakels Research, a technology entity for a group of 40 plus companies.
Bernard is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology and has participated as Convention Technical Chair and run Food Entrepreneurs Workshops.