A small, professional team of staff are responsible for administering day-to-day operations of GPSA, under direction of the Board. GPSA maintains a corporate office to accommodate the secretariat.
The GPSA team is led by the Chief Executive Officer and works to implement the Board’s strategic direction and to deliver measurable outputs from GPSA’s investments. Staff members bring a range of skills and experience in project work, commercial operations, compliance, finance, stakeholder relations, communication and administration.
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 - Regional Field 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.
Leighton McDonald-Stuart - Analyst
Leighton brings experience in policy, research, and the parliamentary process, and helps to advance key GPSA policies. Leighton holds a Bachelor of Arts (Politics and International Studies) a Bachelor of Laws, and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the University of Adelaide. He has a particular interest in competition policy and international trade. Leighton is also GPSA's company secretary.
Carla Rech - Executive Assistant
Carla has extensive experience in executive support, including previous roles for the former South Australian Farmers’ Federation and Elders. With over 17 years within Australia's agricultural industry, Carla supports GPSA's office and finance administration.
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