Export Fodder

Export Fodder Advisory Panel

James Kellaway (Chair)

Oz Group Co-Op

James has worked across Australia’s agricultural sector for over 35 years, within the sheep, beef, poultry, fruit and vegetable industries. His experience spans export market access and development, strategic management, research, development and extension (RD&E), government relations and marketing. James has a rural and farming background, growing up in Dorrigo, NSW, and a keen interest in fodder production. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture) and a MBA, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and the Governance Institute of Australia. As Chair of the Export Fodder Advisory Panel James hopes to lean on his experience and contribute to advancing productivity in the Export Fodder industry, maximising return on investment for levy payers and creating growth locally for healthy rural communities.

Andrew Hayward

Johnson Group

Raised on a mixed farm in Kapunda SA, Andrew has been involved in the export hay and stock feed manufacturing industry since 1994 and has worked in a number of administration and management roles. Three years living in the United Arab Emirates working for UAE Government Farmers’ Services Centre saw Andrew head up the animal feed department and managing the chain of Agricultural Input Shops. He returned to Australia in 2013 as General Manager of Johnson Group in Kapunda. Andrew has a MBA from the University of South Australia.

Mick Faulkner

Agrilink Agriculture Consultants

Mick is principal consultant agronomist at Agrilink Agricultural Consultants, based in South Australia’s Mid North. He has been involved in the export fodder industry for 30 years, providing advice to both growers and the processing and marketing entities to meet market demand, consistency of supply and product quality. Prior to the establishment of Agrilink, Mick worked in nutrition research and has maintained strong focus on research and adoption techniques throughout his career.

Zane Banson

Wingara AG Limited

Zane is an experienced Chartered Accountant specialising in Board Advisory, Corporate Governance and Financial Reporting for small and micro-cap listed companies. Zane comes with over 10 years experience in CFO Advisory, Company Secretarial, and Financial Reporting from KPMG, Exxon Mobil and boutique advisory firms.  He has managed and advised a wide range of emerging, growth-stage listed companies. His current role as Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director at Wingara AG Limited has seen the acquisition of JC Tanloden’s operating assets for fodder production, and Austco Polar Cold Storage for meat storage and handling. This also included the successful listing of Wingara AG on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX:WNR). He is driven by the pursuit of opportunities in exporting quality Australian produce in the fodder and meat industry, with a particular focus on supply chains. Zane has a Bachelor of Accounting and Finance from RMIT University, Melbourne and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He is also certified by the Governance Institute of Australia.

Munro Patchett

Gilmac Pty Ltd

Munro grew up on a mixed cropping farm in Canterbury, New Zealand and is CEO of Gilmac, Australia’s largest hay exporter. Gilmac operates five pressing sites in three states of Australia with 150 employees Australia-wide. Munro has worked with Gilmac for 24 years and has been heavily involved with the construction of Gilmac sites and its pressing machinery. Spending time with growers and overseas customers, as well as overseeing the expanding business, is the core focus of Munro’s role.

Steve Woods

Australian Forage Group

Steve has produced oaten hay for over 25 years for the horse industry, export and domestic markets and has a 2000 ha operation at Calingiri WA, focused on oaten hay, wheat, canola, barley and a small cattle herd. He has spent time in China and the Middle East developing oaten hay markets and is currently a Director and shareholder at Hay Australia and Chairman Director of Australian Forage Group. Steve has been involved in the AgriFutures™ Export Fodder Program for two terms and wants to see RD&E contribute to a robust and financially competitive export fodder industry.