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NVT Staff

ACAS Limited and NVT Staff Announcement – New and Updates September 2015

Neale Sutton, General Manager

Neale joined ACAS in 2007 and spent over 8 years as Operations Manager of the NVT program. In July 2015 he moved into the position of General Manager. His in-depth experience and knowledge of the program made for a smooth transition into the GM role. The expanding scope of the NVT program has allowed for Neale to assume responsibility for the financial, board and secretarial management of ACAS Ltd, as well as managing all other areas of the program.

Neale studied BAgSc at Melbourne University’s Parkville campus and has previously worked with Nufarm Chemicals.

Ben O’Connor, NVT Operations Coordinator

Ben joined ACAS in 2015 as the Operations Coordinator, he is responsible for the management of the operational areas of the NVT program, to collaborate with participating breeding companies and NVT service providers.

Ben is from a farming family in the North Eastern region of Victoria and studied BAgSc(Hons) at Melbourne University’s Dookie Campus. Ben brings a range of industry experience from a trials research and seed sales background in previous roles.

Tatjana Karov, Communications and Marketing Coordinator 

Tatjana joined ACAS in 2013 and is responsible for the communications and marketing side of NVT. Her responsibilities include website maintenance, information/data updates, providing information/data as needed, establishing and maintaining contact with breeders, coordinators, advisers and everyone who has an interest in the NVT Program.

Tatjana has a MSc degree in Agricultural Economics, BSc degree in Agribusiness Marketing and Management and and ASc degree in Marketing for the Food Industry. Before joining ACAS Tatjana worked for the Rice Research and Extension Center – University of Arkansas, located in Arkansas, USA.

The ACAS Limited Board

ACAS represents the interests of Australian grain growers through its trustees – the Grains Producers Australia, Grains Research and Development Corporation and the Australian Seed Federation. The Primary Industries Standing Committee is also represented.

Non-executive Chairman – Joe Coad

Joe was Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Seeds Pty Ltd until recently and has more than 40 years’ experience in the seeds industry. Joe currently represents Agricote for the Royal Barenbrug Group in the Asia Pacific region. He is a past-president of the Australian Seed Federation.

ASF Representative – Bill Fuller

Bill was appointed CEO of the Australian Seed Federation (ASF) in mid-2011 and joined the ACAS board shortly after. He comes from a dairy farming background and has a degree in Agricultural Science, Graduate Diploma in Agribusiness and an MBA (Executive). Bill has worked as a stock and station agent and on a number of State Primary Industries major projects, he has also had senior sales and marketing roles with Incitec Pivot and most recently PGG Wrightson Seeds before moving to the ASF. His diverse, but Agribusiness focused background leaves him well suited as an ACAS director.

GPA representative – Hugh Roberts

Hugh is a farmer from Cootamundra in New South Wales. He is a registered seed grower and has more than 40 years’ experience in crop production.

GRDC representative – Tony Kent

Tony is currently an independent consultant advising agribusiness and food crop production development & extension projects in Australia and South East Asia. He has held board and executive roles in seed and grains businesses, grower organisations and government agencies. He is a former director of the Quality Wheat CRC, Graingene, LongReach PB and several AWB Limited subsidiaries. He played a key role in establishing the LongReach PB wheat breeding company, as a foundation director and then as General Manager from 2002-2009.

Tony brings experience to the board in cereal variety development and commercialisation and in R&D management across disciplines including genomics, cereal quality, market research and agronomy. Tony’s involvement with the grain industry began in 1973 when he joined Hannaford Seeds as a mobile seed grader operator.