Board of Directors

Hon Cheryl Edwardes A.M

Hon Cheryl Edwardes A.M

LLM, BA, LLB, Bachelor of Jurisprudence, Non-Executive Chairperson

Mrs Edwardes has a long and distinguished political career, most notably as the first female Attorney General for Western Australia, Minister for Environment and Labour Relations, and was the Member for Kingsley for nearly 17 years. A current Senior Advisor in the Public and Government Affairs team at FTI Consulting, Mrs. Edwardes was appointed as a member of the Foreign Investment Review Board in August 2017 and is also a Company Director on a number of ASX Boards, private companies and not-for-profit associations. Mrs. Edwardes was awarded an Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2016 for "significant service to the people and Parliament of Western Australia, to the law and to the environment, and through executive roles with business, education and community organisations.

Mrs Edwardes was appointed to the Board in March 2018.

Mr Peter Roborgh

Mr Peter Roborgh

BSc, MSc (Hons), Non-Executive Director

Peter was General Manager of rural telco Farmside at NZX listed TeamTalk Ltd. Earlier he served as Chief Operating Officer of Energy Mad Ltd. In this role he was responsible for representing Energy Mad’s interests in its joint venture with its Chinese manufacturing partner, for establishing new national sales channels and for all aspects of worldwide fulfilment and logistics. Prior to Energy Mad, he worked for the New Zealand Institute of Plant and Food Research evaluating the intellectual property, market proposition and future for CropLogic and was instrumental in CropLogic being established as a separate company. Peter was earlier Chief Executive of telco CallSouth Ltd, a business he established and subsequently sold to NZX listed TrustPower. Peter has a strong track record in FMCG, financial services and energy utilities and in startups in telecommunications, consumer electronics and agritech.

Peter was appointed to the Board on 2 November 2010.

The Board considers that Mr Roborgh is an independent Director.

Mr Steven Wakefield

Mr Steven Wakefield

B.Com, B.Sc, FCA, C.M.Inst.D, Non-Executive Director

Steven‘s career has seen him working for over 30 years with global accounting and management consulting firm Deloitte both in New Zealand and the USA in such roles as Senior Partner ― Risk Advisory. He is a director of the NZ Health Innovation Hub, former Deputy Chair of the Canterbury District Health Board, and an experienced director and trustee. Steve was named as New Zealand’s top Chartered Accountant in the 2012 NZCIA annual leadership awards.

Steven was appointed to the Board on 27 August 2013.

The Board considers that Mr Wakefield is an independent Director.

Dr Andrew Whitehead

BIB (Hons), PhD (IntMgtEcon), PostGradCert(AppFinInv), PostGradCert(ExecEd), Non-Executive Director

Dr Whitehead has an extensive depth of knowledge and experience regarding the intricacies of doing business in China having previously worked in Beijing. As a fluent Mandarin speaker, Dr Whitehead’s work in China involved negotiating with Chinese counterparties and working for Chinese state-owned enterprises.

Dr Whitehead’s career has also spanned beyond China and across a broad range of judications around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa and the USA.

Dr Whitehead holds a PhD in Economic and International Business from Flinders University and is a graduate of Oxford University. Dr Whitehead has previously been successful in using his expertise to increase revenue, reduce costs and obtain debt and commercial finance for the companies he has been involved in.

Dr Whitehead was appointed to the Board as a Non-Executive Director in April 2018.

John Corbett

BBus(BusAccy), MBus(AppFin), Non-Executive Director

Mr Corbett has almost 30 years’ sector expertise in agriculture, agribusiness and infrastructure, providing organisations with corporate finance, strategic planning, business planning, business operations, governance, and financial analysis.

Beyond agriculture, agribusiness and infrastructure, Mr Corbett has worked across a range of industry sectors including manufacturing, retail and wholesale trade, mining and property, and has extensive practice in providing commercial, strategic and financial advisory services to both domestic and international clients.

Mr Corbett holds a Master of Business in Applied Finance and has had a banking career spanning 23 years. During this time he occupied senior corporate banking and infrastructure project finance roles with several major banks.

Mr Corbett provides practical knowledge and investment experience within the agribusiness sector with current Board appointments in the agriculture, solar and aquaculture industries.

Mr Corbett was appointed Non-Executive Director of the Company in November 2018.

Executives

JAMES COOPER-JONES

JAMES COOPER-JONES

Chief Executive Officer

A graduate of one of Australia’s top ranked agricultural universities James is an experienced finance executive with a global perspective and has managed accounting and reporting functions in Australia, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. James’ career has seen him hold accounting and secretarial roles in companies in the resources, agriculture, import/export and information technology industries. James also has extensive experience managing listed entities including reporting, marketing and investor relations, market positioning and branding and capital raising.

James was appointed as Chief Executive Officer on 30 April 2018.

Governance Documents