Darren Arney - Chief Executive Officer

Darren has been chief executive of Grain Producers SA since its inception in March 2012. Originally from a farm at Jabuk, he studied agriculture at Roseworthy. His experience in the industry is varied, including 10 years as an agronomist at Murray Bridge, a bank manager for six years, and a grain marketing business consultant for 10 years. He joined the steering committee of GPSA in August 2011 as growers were starting to form the organisation.

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.