Simply call 1300 880 432 to speak to your closest Emerald Grain office.
We are situated across regional Australia to help you get the most out of harvest.
To find out more about your local team, select your region from the list below.
David comes to us from Agrex Australia where, as the Executive General Manager – Grain, he has spent the last 18 months responsible for growing Olam’s grain business is Australia. Not long after completing his Bachelor of Agricultural Science, David joined the Victorian Farmers Federation as a Research Policy officer. He spent 2 years in this role and then joined the Australian Wheat Board (AWB), where he spent around 20 years in various roles. Starting as a Grain Merchant, spending some time as managing the export wheat pool business and finishing his time in AWB Geneva SA as the Managing Director. David broke up his time with AWB by having a stint with Ridley Agriproducts as the National Procurement Manager for about 2 years, as well as a 12 month stint as the GM – Client Services for Landmark Operations.
Josh Whiting Chief Financial Officer
Josh has nearly 20 years’ experience in finance, treasury and risk management with leading Australian and multinational listed corporations, including nearly 10 years in agribusiness.
Josh has been CFO at Emerald since early 2016, and led the treasury and risk management functions since Sumitomo Corporation took control of the company in early 2014. Prior to his appointment at Emerald, Josh led these functions for ABB Grain and Viterra / Glencore’s Australian operations for 7 years.
Josh’s early career experience was in various banking roles, including senior front office trading and dealing roles, which included managing the Australian balance sheet of a major US bank, Bank One, prior to it’s acquisition by JP Morgan.
Josh is a Chartered Accountant, with a Bachelor of Law and Masters of Applied Finance.
Travis Anderson General Manager - Operations
Travis began working with Emerald Grain in late 2013 to manage the operations of Emerald’s grain terminal at the Melbourne Port. Travis was appointed to General Manager Operations in August 2015.
Prior to Emerald, Travis worked as a Site Manager with Wilmar Sugar (formerly CSR Sugar) at one of their eight sugar mills in North Queensland. First at Proserpine Mill and then at Plane Creek Mill (south of Mackay). Travis has also held roles with Australian Paper and Amcor in Operations Management roles across Melbourne.
Throughout his work in the sugar and grain industry, Travis has enjoyed working with growers and grower groups. Travis brings a great deal of skill and dedication to the business.
Helen Lukis Human Resource Manager
Helen has worked for Emerald Grain since 2013. Her experience is broad, having worked for large listed and private companies including BHP, Orica and Jemena, as well as professional services firms. Helen enjoys partnering with the business to provide high quality HR strategy, support and solutions.
Helen has completed a Bachelor of Arts and post-graduate studies in Industrial Relations and Personnel, as well as a Diploma of Management from the Australian Institute of Management.
Brant Laidlaw Trading Manger
Brant joined Emerald in 2008 as a Graduate Grain Merchant before transitioning into trading roles within the canola and wheat books. As Trading Manager he is responsible for the formulation of strategy and efficient execution across origination, sale and hedging activities of Emerald’s domestic, bulk and container export commodity positions.
Brant grew up in Kerang in northern Victoria, moving to Melbourne for his University studies in 2004.
Richard Wood Commodity Trader
Richard joined Emerald as a Commodity Analyst in 2011. His key responsibilities include facilitating pricing and execution for hedging and marketing strategies across Emerald’s barley book.
Prior to Emerald, Richard worked for Westpac in the Agribusiness Risk Management division for four years.
Richard grew up on a mixed livestock and cropping property near Wakool in South Western NSW, he moved to Melbourne to pursue his studies at the University of Melbourne.
Aaron spent 8 years in the container transport industry in various logistics roles before joining Australian Bulk Alliance (now Emerald Grain) at the Melbourne Port Terminal in late 2010 as the Logistics Supervisor.
He was responsible for the receival and export planning of grain into bulk vessels, containers and country site outturns post-harvest.
In 2014, Aaron was promoted into the Assistant Terminal Manager and was responsible for the Operations team in executing the Terminals operations.
Aaron is now the Terminal Manager role and is responsible for all operations including Logistics, Operations, Safety, Quality and Customer Service.
Throughout his time at Emerald Grain, Aaron has seen constant changes and has enjoyed working through various challenges with the Terminal team and other Emerald staff within the Company to ensure a high standard of service is provided to its customers.
David is the founding, non-executive Chairman of SQP. David has been a Director of the Southern Quality Co-Operative since 2001 and was Chairman from inception to 2005.
David holdsover 30 years experience within the industry and currently operates a mixed farming business South of Lake Bolac Victoria, producing wool, sheep meat, beef and grains.
He is also a Director of Zirky’s Apartments (Mt Hotham) and since 1999 has held the position of Group Officer of the Westmere Fire Brigades’ Group (Region 16) part of the CFA. David has completed an Innoven Effective Company Director course.
Aaron Matheson Project and Process Improvement Manager
Aaron has spent the last twenty years working in the grains industry.
Before commencing with Emerald over two years ago Aaron worked with AWB, SQP Grain and as a grain broker in South Australia.
Aaron’s knowledge spans a variety of fields including shipping, market analysis, business development, grain marketing and operating storage and handling sites across the Emerald Grain network.
Aaron brings a variety of skill to his role as Project and Process Improvement Manager at Emerald, focusing on improvements to the Supply Chain business in Australia.