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.

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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.

Andrew Lehmann - Policy Director

Andrew’s passion for the grains industry began at a young age, growing up on his family’s mixed property at Gulnare in the Mid-North of South Australia. This introduction led him to studying Agricultural Science at the University of Adelaide. Andrew brings experience in agricultural research and development to GPSA, which he developed while working as Broadacre Manger at AgXtra. Andrew was also a participant of the GPSA Emerging Leaders Program which provided him with a greater understanding of advocacy, effective communication, industry networking, research, innovation and the political landscape.

Angus Crouch - Graduate Officer (Research and Projects)

Angus brings a background in both agriculture and politics to his graduate role at GPSA. Brought up on a broadacre farm near Merriton, Angus has previously worked on party political campaigns and third party election campaigns. Angus holds a Bachelor of Media and a Bachelor of Commerce in International Business, both from the University of Adelaide. He is currently studying a Masters of Global Food and Agribusiness. He brings a valued insight into party political and third party campaigning, as well as external affairs to the GPSA team.

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.

Charlotte Wundersitz - Intern (Communications and Research)

Charlotte is undertaking GPSA’s Internship Program while studying a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Adelaide and a Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management via distance through Charles Sturt University. Charlotte is originally from a family cropping enterprise located north of Maitland on the Yorke Peninsula and is passionate about agricultural advocacy. Charlotte played a key role in developing the final version of the SA Grain Industry Blueprint. 

To contact a staff member, email info@grainproducerssa.com.au