Caroline Rhodes - Chief Executive Officer

Caroline has a long history in agribusiness, having previously held senior roles in both the corporate and government sectors and with state and federal farmer representative bodies in Australia. She brings specialist skills in stakeholder management and regulatory affairs. She holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Adelaide, a Master of Agribusiness from the University of Melbourne and a Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program. Caroline has also served on a number of boards in South Australia including the SA Grain Industry Trust, Rural Business Support, Foodbank SA and the SA Cricket Association. In 2014, Caroline was awarded a Graduate Certificate of Australian Rural Leadership from James Cook University and was also named one of the Top 100 Women in Australian Agriculture.

Shane Gale - Policy Officer

Shane brings recent experience in supply chain, procurement, logistics and transport to GPSA. His previous roles include consulting to mineral exploration and mining, transport and logistics companies and managing operations. He worked with former South Australian companies SA Cooperative Bulk Handling, Ausbulk and ABB Grain as transport manager for nearly 10 years before managing national logistics for Cheetham Salt, part of the Ridley Corporation. In recent years, he has worked with several Australian companies nationally on manufacturing, import/export of finished goods, supply chain, logistics or transportation projects.

Trudy Huczko - Policy Officer

Trudy’s role covers the cross-commodity issues that impact the grains industry, such as transport, logistics and infrastructure, natural resource management and occupational health, safety and welfare - just to name a few. She started with the organisation in February 2014 after many years working in government in the state’s primary industries department. Trudy works closely with Primary Producers SA and has extensive experience in project management, policy development, strategic planning, communication, market intelligence and industry analysis.

Belinda Ryan - Business Manager

Belinda has been at GPSA since the organisation started. Based at the Mount Barker office, her role involves looking after everything else that isn’t policy! She is a qualified accountant and her previous roles include as a finance professional in property working on large-scale developments, construction and renovation projects as well as a government accounting contractor in the Department of Health and Department of Families and Communities. She has also been a self-employed book-keeper, working with clients across a range of industries.

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