The current directors of Pulse Australia Limited are:
Peter has a wealth of experience in agribusiness. He has a practical understanding of the agribusiness value chain from plant and animal genetics, production systems, QA, logistics, risk and capital management and international marketing.
He appreciates intimately the various pressures that exist on today’s agricultural supply and demand chains.
Peter is the Director Northern States for Australia Milling Group which has operations in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and South Australia. Australia Milling Group is part of Alliance Grain Trading which is domiciled in Regina, Saskatchewan and is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Prior to joining Australia Milling Group, Peter held a range of senior management and trading positions with JK International Pty Ltd in Canada and Australia and AWB Ltd (formally the Australian Wheat Board).
Peter maintains a keen interest in production economics via a family farming and contracting business on the Darling Downs in southern Queensland.
Peter holds a Post-Graduate qualification in Agribusiness from Monash University (Melbourne) and is also a lecturer for the Commodities and Risk Management Unit offered by the University of Queensland.
Peter is passionate about the role pulses play in diversifying on farm agronomic rotations and cash flows. He is equally passionate about the opportunities to grow customer markets by improving quality and form propositions.
David is a past president of Pulse Victoria and a long term member of the Australian pulse industry quality standards committee. He holds a Diploma in International Trade from Ballarat University and completed a Churchill fellowship studying rural/urban population drift in 2001.
A pulse grower in the Wimmera area of Victoria, David also owns and is the managing director of Wimmera Grain, a company that is involved in accumulation, processing and marketing of pulses both domestically and internationally. Through his company David has taken an outstanding leadership position in the broader Victorian Grains Industry, fostering on-going grower training and implementation of on-farm quality assurance, and leading district discussion and action to improve freight services to the Wimmera area.
David is heavily involved in new seed development both through Wimmera Grain’s own R&D program for specialty pulses and in the commercialisation of new main stream pulse varieties released through Pulse Breeding Australia (PBA) and other breeding programs. David brings his extensive knowledge of this facet of the industry to the PA Board in addition to his other contributions as both a grower and processor.
David is also a director and foundation share holder of the first community bank in Australia (Rupanyup Community Bank) and is presently Co-Chair of the Bendigo Bank Strategic Advisory Board - now a network of 240 community banks in all states of Australia.
David has been appointed to the Pulse Australia Board as the unanimous joint nominee of all the Australian state pulse groups.
Francois holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science/Economics degree from the University of Lille, France, and an MBA from Cornell University in the USA.
A highly experienced international Grain Trader, Francois commenced his career in the global grains industry with Louis Dreyfus in Chicago in 1989 and since then has held various positions with international grain and Pulse trading companies in New York, Hong Kong, Paris and Melbourne, including with the Andre Group of Switzerland from 1990 until 2001.
Francois joined Hong Kong based Noble Group in 2001 to manage Noble Grain Australia, then joined ABB Grain from 2005 to 2008, moving to AWB Australia in March 2008 to manage the pulses and oilseeds desk. He was subsequently appointed to head up Cargill's Pulses and Oilseeds division and has recently established his own pulse trading buisness Agri - Oz Exports Pty Ltd.
Francois’ International trade experience and network of contacts is an invaluable asset to the Pulse Australia Board in both developing overall policy and in responding to issues in international trade contracts, importing government inconsistency and so on, that may arise from time to time.
Patrick Duncan holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from the University of Southern Queensland. He has been involved in grain, pulse and oilseed quality since 1986 when he joined Agritech Laboratory Services Pty Ltd in Toowoomba, followed by Grainco Ltd in 1993 and GrainCorp Operations Ltd in 2003.
He has a wide technical knowledge of quality assessment and storage as well as customer and contractual expectations, phytosanitary and regulatory requirements. Patrick has a wide knowledge across a range of quality aspects of pulses, including chemical and near infrared (NIR) analysis as well as subjective assessments of cereals, pulses and oilseeds.
Patrick is a founding member of the GTA Standards Committee and has been involved in the Pulse Australia and Australian Oilseeds Federation standards committees, the National Measurements Institute Grain Quality Committee, Wheat Classification Council and the National Working Party on Stored Grain Protection.
Patrick brings to the board of Pulse Australia a wide range of technical knowledge and experience
Rod Birch owns and operates a large scale grain growing property near Coorow, 280 km north of Perth WA.
Rod has spent his working life as a specialist grain grower in the mid-north region of WA. He has had considerable experience with multiplication and bulk up of new crop seed varieties with various breeding programs and has implemented an industry accredited quality assurance program across all production processes on the farm.
Rod has held a number of positions in the agricultural industry throughout his career and is currently a director of Australian Grain Technologies (Australia's largest, and market leading, wheat breeding company), a director of the Institute of Agriculture (University of Western Australia) and is the Chair of the Pulse Council of Grains Industry Association Western Australia (GIWA). He has a passion for agriculture and has always worked towards seeing maximum value captured from broadacre farming systems. Rod is a strong believer in robust research and development programs that drive future prosperity.
Ron holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from Monash University. He has had a 30 year involvement in the Australian grains and agribusiness sector and was a senior executive with AWB Limited for almost 20 years, dealing with local and overseas grain marketing, risk management and logistics.
Since 2000, Ron has run an agribusiness consultancy (Storey Marketing Services) and in 2005 acquired Australian Crop Forecasters P/L (ACF). ACF is Australia’s best known private and independent broad acre forecasting service which is used by a range of major grain companies, farm input suppliers and agribusiness organisations. ACF also consults widely to the private and public sectors. Ron is also Chairman of Australian Grain Technologies P/L, (AGT) one of Australia's leading plant breeding companies.
Ron first joined the Pulse Australian board in 1998 as a nominee from AWB Limited. He was a key member of, and contributor to, the working group which undertook the GRDC funded Australian Pulse Industry strategic review in 2004 and now sits on the Pulse Australia Board as a director with Special Qualifications, advising on all facets of the Australian pulse value chain and its organisational structures, strengths and weaknesses and providing a major contribution to strategic and business planning.
Sanjiv Dubey is a director of GrainTrend Pty Ltd, Australia, an agribusiness export trading house based in Sydney. Sanjiv holds a Masters in Economics with majors in International Trade, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Sanjiv is an experienced international trader having traded prior to 2001 in India for 11 years, and Malaysia for 6 years. He handles trade in both bulk and containerised cargoes. Sanjiv has a sound understanding of the pulse industry in Australia and overseas, having dealt with both Australian growers and trade participants across the globe.
Sanjiv sits on the Executive Committee of the international pulses body CICILS-IPTIC, and in combination
with his international trade experience, is a valuable asset to the Pulse Australia board. He is also on the
panel of approved arbitrators of Grain Trade Australia (GTA).