About Us

What We Do

We’re a leading Australian agribusiness and processing company that has partnered with growers and producers for more than 100 years, to connect them with domestic and international customers.

Through the skills and capabilities developed in accumulating, storing and handling agricultural commodities over many decades, we now manage a wide range of grains, pulses and oilseeds and produce edible oils, biofuel components and animal feeds, as well as oils and shortenings for the food production industry.

With innovative processes and leading technology, we’re finding new ways to make our supply chain even more efficient, without compromising on the superior Quality Assurance we’ve become known for. 

From developing infant formula products, shipping woodchips, collecting Used Cooking Oil to make biofuel components or investing in the development of an eco-friendly new animal feed from Australian seaweed, our interests are diverse.

Outside of Australia, we also source locally from producers in the UK and Ukraine as well as through our joint venture in Canada. With our marketers in China, India and Singapore, we utilise our global network of grain, pulses and oilseeds specialists to ship our products around the world to help meet the challenges of feeding the world.

We celebrate the diversity of our people and our businesses. No matter where we are, we work together as one team and one GrainCorp with a vision to lead sustainable and innovative agriculture through another century of growth.

The GrainCorp Way

While our GrainCorp team is diverse, we each believe in our values to:  

LEAD

the way

through inclusivity, integrity and innovation

OWN

the results

and be accountable for our actions

Commit to

SAFETY

by taking responsibility for our employees, contractors, visitors and communities.

Deliver for our

CUSTOMERS

by listening and coming through for them 

Our History

Amidst the First World War and increasing challenges of vermin, the New South Wales (NSW) State Government passed the Grain Elevators Act in 1916, which would provide construction of 200 grain terminals and silos in the state of New South Wales. The network would be connected by rail to shipping and it would be a move towards bulk handling for grains across the state.

The construction of the first silo began in 1918 at Peak Hill. It was originally a single-cylinder concrete bin that could store 50,000 bushels of wheat (roughly less than 1400 tonnes). The site’s capacity is now 35,000 tonnes.

The NSW Government controlled the elevators and terminals until 1989, when the NSW Grain Handling Authority was corporatised, paving the way for privatisation.

In 1992, a group of grain farmers banded together to buy the company from the NSW Government. Since then, GrainCorp, as it became known, has transformed from a NSW-based grain handling company into an international agribusiness with a diversified revenue stream.

The company was listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) in March 1988, and soon after added operations in Victoria and Queensland, and later in North America and beyond through a series of mergers and acquisitions.

Board of Directors

Peter Richards

Peter I Richards

Chairman and Non-executive Director

Peter Richards joined the GrainCorp Board in November 2015 and was appointed Chairman in March 2020. Mr Richards is a member of GrainCorp’s Audit & Risk Committee, Remuneration & Nominations Committee and the Safety, Health and Environment Committee.

Mr Richards is currently Chairman of EMECO Holdings Limited (a director since 2010) and was appointed Chairman of Cirralto Limited in January 2018, having served as a Non-executive Director since December 2017. He was reappointed Chairman of Elmore Limited (previously IndiOre) in September 2018, having served as Non-executive Director since 2010. 

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Mr Richards has over 40 years of business experience with global companies, having worked in operational and business development roles in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

He has extensive experience acting as chairman and director on public company boards.

Robert Spurway

Robert Spurway

Managing Director & CEO

Mr Spurway joined the Board as Managing Director & CEO in March 2020. He was previously Chief Operating Officer, Global Operations for Fonterra Co-operative Group in New Zealand. Prior to this, Mr Spurway held operational roles with Fonterra including General Manager South Island Operations and Acting Director Operations & Logistics.

Mr Spurway has extensive leadership and operations experience and has held executive and senior operational roles across Australia and New Zealand.

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Mr Spurway held CEO positions in Australia between 2008 and 2011, initially as MD & CEO of Mrs Crocket’s Kitchen, a salad and vegetable supplier, to prepare the business for sale, and then as CEO of Salad Fresh, a supplier of prepared salads. 

Prior to this, Mr Spurway held senior operational roles with Mrs Crocket’s Kitchen and Goodman Fielder in Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory, and Northland Dairy Company (now Fonterra) in New Zealand. 

Mr Spurway has recently held the roles of Chairman of Kotahi Ltd, Deputy Chairman of Prolesur S.A in Chile and Director of DFE Pharma GmbH & Co. 

Mr Spurway holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical and Materials) from the University of Auckland; is a Graduate of the INSEAD AVIRA Executive programme; and is a Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.

Kathy Griggs

Kathy M Grigg

Non-executive Director

Kathy Grigg joined the Board in December 2019. Ms Grigg is Chair of GrainCorp’s Audit & Risk Committee and a member of the Remuneration & Nominations Committee and the Safety, Health & Environment Committee.

Ms Grigg has an extensive background in finance and operational management, including as Finance Director of the Australian Wool Research and Promotion Corporation and leadership roles in agriculture sector organisations.

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Ms Grigg is currently a Director of Suncorp Portfolio Services (since 2015), a Council member and Deputy Chancellor of Deakin University and a member of the Audit Committee of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

Ms Grigg’s previous directorships include Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of Australian Pork Limited (resigned February 2020), and Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Navy Health Limited (resigned November 2019).

She is a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and CPA Australia and has a Bachelor of Economics, Accounting and Finance from the University of Adelaide.

Daniel Mangelsdorf

Daniel Mangelsdorf

Non-executive Director

Dan Mangelsdorf was first elected as an independent Director of GrainCorp Limited in 2008, after having served an earlier term on the Board as a major shareholder representative.

Mr Mangelsdorf is Chairman of GrainCorp’s Safety, Health and Environment Committee and a member of the Audit & Risk Committee and the Remuneration & Nominations Committee.

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He owns and operates farming interests in NSW, and is an experienced public company director with agricultural, supply chain, international trade and risk management expertise.

Mr Mangelsdorf is also the Non-executive Chairman of Warakirri Agricultural Trusts, and a Non-executive Director of Warakirri Asset Management Pty Ltd (since 2017) and Warrakirri Holdings Pty Ltd (since 2017).

He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics (Honours) from the University of New England.

Donald McGauchie AO

Donald McGauchie AO

Non-executive Director

Donald McGauchie re-joined the GrainCorp Board in December 2009 (having previously served during the period from October 2000 to July 2003).
Mr McGauchie is Chair of GrainCorp’s Remuneration and Nominations Committee and a member of the Audit & Risk Committee and the Safety, Health and Environment Committee.

Mr McGauchie is currently Chairman Australian Agricultural Company Limited (since 2010), Chairman of the Australian Wool Testing Authority and a Non-executive Director of Special Olympics Australia.

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Mr McGauchie has farming interests and extensive experience acting as chairman and director on public company boards.

Executive Leadership Team

Robert Spurway

Robert Spurway

Managing Director & CEO

Mr Spurway joined the Board as Managing Director & CEO in March 2020. He was previously Chief Operating Officer, Global Operations for Fonterra Co-operative Group in New Zealand. Prior to this, Mr Spurway held operational roles with Fonterra including General Manager South Island Operations and Acting Director Operations & Logistics.

Mr Spurway has extensive leadership and operations experience and has held executive and senior operational roles across Australia and New Zealand.

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Mr Spurway held CEO positions in Australia between 2008 and 2011, initially as MD & CEO of Mrs Crocket’s Kitchen, a salad and vegetable supplier, to prepare the business for sale, and then as CEO of Salad Fresh, a supplier of prepared salads. 

Prior to this, Mr Spurway held senior operational roles with Mrs Crocket’s Kitchen and Goodman Fielder in Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory, and Northland Dairy Company (now Fonterra) in New Zealand. 

Mr Spurway has recently held the roles of Chairman of Kotahi Ltd, Deputy Chairman of Prolesur S.A in Chile and Director of DFE Pharma GmbH & Co. 

Mr Spurway holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical and Materials) from the University of Auckland; is a Graduate of the INSEAD AVIRA Executive programme; and is a Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.

Klaus Pamminger

Klaus Pamminger

Chief Operating Officer

Klaus Pamminger joined GrainCorp in 2007 and was appointed Chief Operating Officer in April 2019. Prior to this, he was Group General Manager – Grains, responsible for the Grains Operations and Trading businesses in Australia, Singapore, China, Europe and Canada. He was previously Group General Manager, GrainCorp Marketing.

Mr Pamminger is a Director of GrainsConnect Canada, a Director of FutureFeed and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Prior to GrainCorp, Mr Pamminger worked for several companies in Australia and the US.

Stephanie Belton

Stephanie Belton

Group General Counsel

Stephanie Belton was appointed Group General Counsel and Company Secretary in February 2019. 

Ms Belton previously held General Counsel and senior management roles at SurfStitch Group Limited, Helloworld Limited, Qantas Airways Limited and The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company.

Prior to Ms Belton’s corporate roles, she worked in private practice at Linklaters in London.

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Ms Belton holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) from the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow) and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Oxford.

Ms Belton is admitted to practice in New South Wales and Scotland and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Cate Hathway

Cate Hathaway

Chief People & Transformation Officer

Cate Hathaway joined GrainCorp in July 2018 and was appointed Chief People and Transformation Officer in April 2019, with responsibility for transformational change, people, safety, environment and technology. Ms Hathaway has previously held senior executive positions in the banking, building resources and insurance industries.

She is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), a fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI), a member of AHRI’s Diversity and Inclusion Panel, a member of the Sydney University School of Business External Advisory Committee and Director of the Board of the Environmental Defenders Office.

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Ms Hathaway holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Sydney and an Executive Master of Business Administration (AGSM).

Ian Morrison

Ian Morrison

Chief Financial Officer

Ian Morrison was appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in July 2020,leading GrainCorp’s finance and accounting, tax, treasury, risk management and shared services functions. 

Mr Morrison has previously held several senior finance roles across GrainCorp, including CFO of the Grains & Oils divisions and Group Financial Controller.

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Prior to joining GrainCorp in 2011, Ian worked with KPMG in the UK and Australia.  Ian holds a Bachelor of Accounting and Finance (Hons) from the University of Glasgow and is a Chartered Accountant. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jesse Scott

Jesse Scott

Chief Innovation & Growth Officer

Jesse Scott was appointed Chief Innovation and Growth Officer at GrainCorp in January 2021 and is responsible for the company’s strategic growth and innovation projects.

Prior to joining GrainCorp, Mr Scott worked with McKinsey & Company for 13 years across various roles in Asia, the Americas and Europe, focusing on strategy and transformation in several primary industries including manufacturing, transportation & logistics, mining, and energy.

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At McKinsey, Mr Scott launched and led the firm’s agricultural practice in Australia and New Zealand.

He holds a Master of Business Administration at INSEAD in Fontainebleu, France and a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in New York, USA.