The current directors of Pulse Australia Limited are:


Georgie Aley BEqBusMan, MBA

Georgie Aley

Georgie is the current Chair of Pulse Australia, and has been a long term Board Member of Pulse Australia.

Georgie is the National Food and Agribusiness Sector Lead with KPMG Australia. Prior to this role, Georgie has held a number of leadership roles in the agrifoods sector, including CEO of the Australian Institute of the Food Science Technologists (AIFST) ,CEO of the Grains and Legume Nutrition Council (GLNC) following a number of years at executive level with Grain Growers Limited (GGL).

She is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology. Georgie was the inaugural recipient of the Rabobank Emerging Agribusiness Leader Award in 2013.


Francois Darcas BAgSc/Ec, MBA

Francois Darcas

Francois commenced his career in the global grains industry with Louis Dreyfus in Chicago in 1989 and has since held various positions with international grain and pulse trading companies in New York, Hong Kong, Paris, Switzerland and Melbourne.

He now operates 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.


Peter Wilson GDip Agribus

Peter Wilson

Peter is Managing Director of Wilson International Trade, a business focused on providing superior services to Global Agribusiness. Peter has held Board, C-Suite and senior trading positions for listed and private International Trading and Logistics companies in Australia and Canada.

Peter also sits on the Global Pulse Confederation’s Executive Committee, as well as being a Board Member of Regional Development Australia (Darling Downs and South West) which is responsible for determining strategy for an the region regarding development, sustainability and resilience.

Neil Wandel

Neil is a business leader and farmer based in Esperance, WA. Neil was instrumental in the founding of the Pulse Association of the South East (PASE) in the 1990s and the subsequent growth and development of the pulse industry in the region. Neil as served 12 years on the board of CBH, five of which were as Chairman. Neil established and runs Esperance Quality Grains, an operation providing services of grain handling and storage, drying and cleaning of grain, redelivery of all grain, and grain trading and exporting.

Nick Poutney BBus, BA

Nick Poutney

Nick is an experienced grain trading executive, working with global commodity trading company, StoneX. Nick has over 20 year’s experience negotiating trade in pulses, wheat, barley, canola, sorghum, corn and sugar. He specialises in originating grains and pulses from Australia, the Black Sea and North America. Prior to his role with StoneX, Nick held senior roles with Australian Wheat Board, Viterra and GrainCorp, including 8 years positioned in Geneva.