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 Johnson

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David Johnson

Chief Executive Officer E:djohnson@emeraldgrain.com
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

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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

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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.

 

Anthony Chapman

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Anthony Chapman

Regional Manager – South East Australia T:+61 429 977 988 E:achapman@emeraldgrain.com

Anthony joined the Emerald team in April 2018. Anthony grew up on a farm at Rupanyup before studying for a Bachelor of Business in Farm Business Management. He worked on the family farm until 2004 before working in the export oaten hay industry for 4 years and then moved back into the grain industry in a seed and accumulation role for the last 8 years in the Wimmera. Anthony has a passion for the grains industry and looks forward to helping growers in the Emerald network market their grain.

Patrick Byrne

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Patrick Byrne

Grain Merchant - Emerald South East T:+61 439 939 479E:PByrne@emeraldgrain.com

Patrick grew up on a family farm at Mitiamo in Northern Victoria before moving to Parkes in NSW. His careers in Banking and the Federal Police followed before returning top Regional NSW for farming and a career in wool brokerage and exports.
After building the business for 15 years, Patrick became Queensland Cotton’s National Wool Manager based in Wagga Wagga. After a Period as a private consultant Patrick is excited to have the opportunity to trade a different commodity and form relationships with grain growers in the Emerald Network.

Jordan Matthews

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Jordan Matthews

Grain Merchant - Emerald South East T:+61 448 681 809E:jmatthews@emeraldgrain.com

Loretta Jodrell

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Loretta Jodrell

Grower Services Officer E:ljodrell@emeraldgrain.com

Loretta has a Diploma of Business Management from Swinburne University and has had many years’ experience in the agriculture industry. From a turf and cattle farm on the mid north coast to an oilseed manufacturer and then feedlot in Victoria. She has extensive experience in Sales, Logistics and Accounts and brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as Grower Services Office for Emerald Grain.

Dick McCagh

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Dick McCagh

General Manager WA T:+61 409 023 179E:dmccagh@emeraldgrain.com

Dick was born and raised on a wheat and sheep farm in the Mullewa area, he left the area in 1991 and since then has had various roles in the agricultural industry. Dick has worked closely with many clients and his previous roles in Agchem and fertiliser hold him in good stead for his current role. Dick joined Emerald Grain in 2009 as a Grain Merchant and in 2013 accepted the position of General Manager WA

Nicola McKay

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Nicola McKay

Domestic & Systems Co-Ordinator T:+61 8 6389 7600E:nmckay@emeraldgrain.com

Nicola started with Emerald Grain in 2013 after completing an Agribusiness degree at Curtin University as one of the final intake of students at the Muresk campus. She spent the final semester of her studies on a study abroad programme at Purdue University which is a highly regarded agricultural school in Indiana, USA. Having grown up in regional Western Australia, Nicola has a strong interest in the grains sector and is pleased to be pursuing a career in the industry. Based in our Perth office, Nicola is focusing on the WA domestic market and is excited to expand her network of farmers, colleagues and friends and become more involved in the regional community.

Mikayla Szczecinski

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Mikayla Szczecinski

Customer Relationship Manager T:+61 417 642 980E:mszczecinski@emeraldgrain.com

Mikayla was born and raised on the family farm at Corrigin in the middle of the Wheatbelt, where she developed a love and passion for agriculture in WA.
Prior to Emerald, Mikayla spent a lot of time overseas travelling, where she worked a stint overseas in Indonesia developing community driven initiatives. After this she moved north and worked in the Pilbara working with bulk cargoes in the Mining and Gas sector. After trying her hand in various careers Mikayla found herself back in the grains industry. She is excited about engaging with growers across Western Australia and developing the domestic market.

Malcolm Bennett

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Malcolm Bennett

Customer Relationship Manager T:+61 457363710E:mbennett@emeraldgrain.com

Sheridan Darling

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Sheridan Darling

Grain Marketing Officer T:+61 459 919 685 E:sdarling@emeraldgrain.com

Brant Laidlaw

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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.

Mick Commadeur

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Mick Commadeur

Commodity Trader

Mick joined the Emerald Grain in 2010. His key responsibilities include facilitating pricing and execution for hedging marketing strategies across Emerald’s wheat book.

Prior to Emerald, Mick spent four years working for ann agribusiness research firm specialising in investment analysis.
Mick grew up on an irrigated dairy farm in Goulburn Valley before moving to Melbourne for study.

Richard Wood

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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 Mato

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Aaron Mato

Terminal Manager E:amato@emeraldgrain.com

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.

Lee Hodge

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Lee Hodge

Commercial Manager

Lee joined Emerald Grain in June 2013. Lee’s role as Commercial Manager involves the management of the Logistics, Export Shipping Documentation and International Marketing departments.

Prior to this Lee was involved in the shipping and malting industry leading a team with responsibilities including the management of a national logistics program and the export of bulk container shipments into Asia.