Directors

The current directors of Pulse Australia Limited are:

CHAIRMAN

Ronald Storey BEcon, DipAgEcon, DipEd

Ronald Storey

Ron has over 30 years involvement in the Australian grains and agribusiness sector and was a senior executive with AWB Limited for almost 20 years, dealing with local and overseas grain marketing, risk management and logistics.

Ron runs an agribusiness consultancy (Storey Marketing Services) and developed Australian Crop Forecasters (ACF) as Australia’s best known independent broad acre forecasting service. ACF is now owned by NZX Limited and Ron retains a consulting role.

Ron is a Director at Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC) and Mallee Sustainable Farming Inc and is a past Chairman of AGT Breeding, one of Australia’s leading plant breeding companies.

DEPUTY CHAIRMAN

Georgie Aley BEqBusMan, MBA

Georgie Aley

Georgie is managing director of the Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council (GLNC) and chair of the Future Farmers Network.

GLNC is the independent authority on the nutrition and health benefits of grains and legumes across Australia and New Zealand, representing the whole value chain from growers to food manufacturers.

She is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology. Georgie was the inaugural recipient of the Rabobank Emerging Agribusiness Leader Award in 2013.

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

Peter Wilson GDip Agribus

Peter Wilson

Peter is the Director Northern States for Australia Milling Group, part of Alliance Grain Trading, based in Regina, Saskatchewan and listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Prior to joining Australia Milling Group, Peter held a range of senior management and trading positions with JK International Pty Ltd in Canada and Australia and AWB Ltd (formally the Australian Wheat Board).

Peter maintains a keen interest in production economics via a family farming and contracting business on the Darling Downs in southern Queensland. He is also a lecturer at the University of Queensland for the Commodities and Risk Management Unit.

Sanjiv Dubey MEcon, MBA

Sanjiv Dubey

Sanjiv is a director of GrainTrend Pty Ltd, Australia, an agribusiness export trading house based in Sydney.

He is an experienced international trader having traded in India and Malaysia. He handles trade in both bulk and containerised cargoes.

Sanjiv has a sound understanding of the pulse industry in Australia and overseas, having dealt with both Australian growers and trade participants across the globe. Sanjiv sits on the Executive Committee of the international pulses body CICILS-IPTIC and is on the panel of approved arbitrators of Grain Trade Australia (GTA).

Francois Darcas BAgSc/Ec, MBA

Francois Darcas

Francois commenced his career in the global grains industry with Louis Dreyfus in Chicago in 1989 and has since held various positions with international grain and pulse trading companies in New York, Hong Kong, Paris, Switzerland and Melbourne.

He now operates his own pulse trading buisness, Agri-Oz Exports Pty Ltd.

Francois’ International trade experience and network of contacts is an invaluable asset to the Pulse Australia Board in both developing overall policy and in responding to issues in international trade contracts, importing government inconsistency and so on, that may arise from time to time.

Rodney Birch

Rodney Birch

Rod owns and operates a large scale grain growing property near Coorow, WA.

He has considerable experience with multiplication and bulk up of new crop seed varieties with various breeding programs and has implemented an industry accredited quality assurance program across all production processes on the farm.

Rod has held a number of positions in the agricultural industry throughout his career and is currently a director of Australian Grain Technologies (Australia’s largest, and market leading, wheat breeding company), a director of the Institute of Agriculture (University of Western Australia) and is the Chair of the Pulse Council of Grains Industry Association Western Australia (GIWA).

David Matthews Dip BIT, GAICD

David Matthews

David is a past president of Pulse Victoria and a long term member of the Australian pulse industry quality standards committee.

A pulse grower in the Wimmera area of Victoria, David is owner and managing director of Wimmera Grain, involved in accumulation, processing and marketing of pulses both domestically and internationally.

David is a leader in the broader Victorian grains industry, fostering on-going grower training, on-farm quality assurance and improved freight services.

David is heavily involved in new seed development for specialty pulses and in the commercialisation of new main stream pulse varieties.

He also serves on the Bendigo Bank Strategic Advisory Board.

Nick Poutney BBus, BA

Nick Poutney

Nick is a Senior Trader with GrainCorp, responsible for managing trade to the Middle East, Africa and Japan. Nick is also the Head trader for the GrainCorp Pulse business (specialising in peas, beans and lentils).

Based in Sydney, Nick has 15 years of international grain trade experience with Australian Wheat Board, Viterra and GrainCorp, including 8 years positioned in Geneva.

Brett McIntyre

Brett McIntyre

Brett has been involved in the agricultural sector for over 30 years, commencing his agricultural career operating and managing the family farming business located on the Darling Downs for 18 years. 

Following the sale of the family property, Brett took on the role Marketing Services Officer with Mt Tyson Seeds for 5 years. For the past 12 years Brett has been involved in the management of pulse processing and packing plants and is currently employed with Olam QLD Cotton as Regional Manager for Pulses.

Brett has been a member of the Australian Mungbean Association for the last six years, fulfilling a number of executive positions, and is currently the Treasurer for the AMA. Brett is also the current Treasurer of the Australian Sumer Grains Conference committee.