Board and Executives
Don C Taylor
Chairman and Non-executive Director
CA, GradCertRurSc, FAICD
Don Taylor has been Chairman of the Board of Directors since December 2005. He is a member of the Human Resources Committee and of the Business Risk Committee. Mr Taylor joined the Board in October 2003. He was formerly Executive Chairman of Grainco Australia Limited, Director of Forest Enterprises Australia Limited and Chairman of Carrington Cotton Limited (formerly listed on Australian Securities Exchange).
Alison M Watkins
Managing Director & CEO
BCom, FCA, FFin, FAICD
Alison Watkins is an experienced Chief Executive Officer and ASX 20 company Board Director, with wide ranging and international experience in the agriculture, food processing, consumer, retail, financial and professional services sectors. She is a member of the Corporate Governance Committee and is entitled to attend the Business Risk Committee, Board Audit Committee and Human Resources Committee meetings ex-officio. Ms Watkins joined the company and the Board in July 2010.
Ms Watkins has held a number of Executive roles, including CEO of Berri Limited, Executive Chair of Mrs Crocket’s Kitchen Pty Ltd, CEO of the Bennelong Group and is a former partner of McKinsey & Company. She was formerly a Non-executive Director of Just Group Limited and Woolworths Limited, and is currently a Non-executive Director of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited.
Barbara J Gibson
BSc, MAICD, FTSE
Barbara Gibson is a member of the Business Risk Committee and of the Corporate Governance Committee, and joined the Board in March 2011. Ms Gibson is an experienced Executive having spent 20 years with Orica Limited, most recently as Orica’s Group General Manager, Chemicals Group for eight years. She is currently a Director of Nuplex Industries Limited, Sunday Agencies Pty Ltd Superannuation Fund (and Trustee), Warakirri Holdings Pty Limited and Warakirri Dairies Pty Limited. Ms Gibson is also Chair of Warakirri Asset Management Pty Limited. She was formerly a Director of St. Barbara Limited and Penrice Soda Holdings Limited.
Peter J Housden
BCom, FCPA, FAICD
Peter Housden is Chairman of the Board Audit Committee.. He joined the Board in October 2008 and is currently Chairman of Royal Wolf Holdings Limited, a Board member of Alliance Aviation Services Limited, Sparke Helmore Lawyers, and Magenta Shores Golf and Country Club. Mr Housden is also a member of the Audit & Risk Committee for Housing NSW, a State Government agency as well as a former Director of iSoft Group Limited, Sino Gold Mining Ltd and Clean Seas Tuna Limited.
Donald G McGauchie
Donald McGauchie is Chairman of the Human Resources Committee. Mr McGauchie joined the Board in December 2009 and is currently a Director of James Hardie SE, Chairman of Nufarm Limited, Chairman of Australian Agricultural Company Limited and Chairman of the Australian Wool and Testing Authority. His previous roles with public companies include Chairman of Telstra Corporation Limited, Deputy Chairman of Ridley Corporation Limited, Director of National Foods Limited, Chairman of Woolstock, Chairman of the Victorian Rural Finance Corporation (a statutory corporation), and also President of the National Farmers Federation.
In 2001 Mr McGauchie was named the Rabobank Agribusiness Leader of the Year, was awarded the Centenary Medal for services to Australian society through agriculture and business and in 2004 was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.
Dan J Mangelsdorf
Dan Mangelsdorf is Chairman of the Business Risk Committee, and member of the Board Audit Committee. He operates grain growing interests in Central NSW and has wide ranging grains industry expertise. He joined the Board in February 2005 and was formerly Chairman of Grain Growers Association Limited. He is a member of the Federal Government Industry Expert Group.
David B Trebeck
BScAgr(Hons), MEc, FAICD
David Trebeck is Chairman of the Corporate Governance Committee, and a member of the Human Resources Committee. He joined the Board in February 2002. He is currently Chairman of Penrice Soda Holdings Limited and a Director of Limited and PrimeAg Australia Ltd. Mr Trebeck was formerly a Director of Maersk Australia Pty Limited, Commissioner of the National Water Commission, and Principal, Managing Director and co-founder of economic consultancy ACIL Consulting Pty Ltd (now ACIL Tasman Pty Ltd).
Simon L Tregoning
Simon Tregoning is a member of the Board Audit Committee and member of the Corporate Governance Committee. He joined the Board in December 2008 and is currently a Director of St Luke’s Care, Royal Sydney Golf Club Ltd and of Capilano Honey Limited. Mr Tregoning was formerly a Director of Dairy Farmers Pty Limited, and was formerly Vice-President of Kimberley-Clark Corporation.
Chief Financial Officer
Alistair Bell was appointed CFO of GrainCorp Ltd in November, 2010.
Mr Bell brings to the company finance, operations, treasury, mergers & acquisitions, and private equity experience from a number of sectors including property, hospitality and travel, telecommunications and mining and metals.
Group General Manager Storage & Logistics
Nigel Hart has been with GrainCorp for 13 years and was appointed Group General Manager Storage & Logistics in November 2010.
He is responsible for GrainCorp’s grain receival, storage and handling, ports, rail and road logistics, safety, customers and quality assurance. Nigel has extensive industry and company experience and has previously held roles with GrainCorp as Company Secretary and General Manager Ports.
President and CEO GrainCorp Malt
Steve Haydon joined GrainCorp in 2009 as part of the acquisition of United Malt Holdings.
He is responsible for GrainCorp’s Malt activities and brings to the role more than 30 years’ experience in the malt processing sector. Before being appointed Malt President and CEO, he was President of Bairds Malt and has worked extensively in the United Kingdom and North America.
General Manager Marketing
Klaus Pamminger has been with GrainCorp for six years and was appointed General Manager Marketing in August 2012. He is responsible for all domestic and international grain and oilseed marketing and trading activities.
Before this appointment, Mr Pamminger was the Trading Manager for GrainCorp Marketing. In 1990 he started his grain trading career at Louis Dreyfus and worked for a number of companies in Australia and the USA. Mr Pamminger attained a Bachelor Degree from the University of Queensland and a Diploma from the Australian Institute of Export.
Group General Manager GrainCorp Oils
Sam Tainsh was appointed Group General Manager GrainCorp Oils in August 2012. He oversees the edible oils processing and terminals business across Australia, New Zealand and China.
Mr Tainsh has more than 18 years experience in agri-business and commodity trading. In 2001 he was appointed GrainCorp’s General Marketing Manager running domestic and international sales and trading activities. Before joining GrainCorp, Mr Tainsh spent seven years as a commodity trader at Louis Dreyfus Corporation
General Manager Corporate Services
Heather Miles was appointed General Manager Corporate Services in November 2010.
She is responsible for human resources, company risk, insurance, legal, company secretarial and sustainability. She brings 20 years of forest products, banking, food manufacturing and senior human resources experience from McKinsey & Company, Carter Holt Harvey and Westpac.
Betty Ivanoff joined GrainCorp in 2008 and is responsible for the company’s legal and regulatory affairs and manages the company’s compliance activities.
Prior to joining GrainCorp, Ms Ivanoff held various corporate legal counsel positions with a number of companies including CSR Limited, Walter Constructions and Sinclair Knight Merz.