Executive Committee

David Johnson

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David Johnson

Chief Executive Officer
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.

 

Samantha Moore

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Samantha Moore

General Manager - People and Culture

Samantha has over 20 years’ experience as a Human Resources Professional. Samantha has led People & Culture teams focusing on strategy, performance, training, organisational development, talent management, culture and change management. Samantha during her experiences has led major organisational transformations and culture change programs via many mergers and acquisitions.

Samantha brings business acumen and a commercial mindset to her work, while having a deep appreciation for how people and culture impact results, bringing a practical, balanced approach and knowledge to change efforts. Samantha has worked in various industries for companies such as, Australian Paper, Nissan, Orica and Grenda in leading and senior HR roles.

Samantha has completed a MBA via Monash University, Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources and Industrial Relations via Melbourne University and a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Management/Economics from Queensland University of Technology. Giving Samantha a broader than Human Resources focus and a pragmatic approach to situations.

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.

Brant Laidlaw

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Brant Laidlaw

Trading Manager

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.

Clare Darmanin

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Clare Darmanin

General Counsel

Clare joined Emerald Grain in May 2021 after spending 13 years working for a large global agricultural business as their Australian General Counsel and Compliance Officer. Prior to that, Clare spent 5 years working as a trade and transport lawyer for a prominent global shipping legal practice.  Clare has also worked in legal/compliance roles in both North America and Europe. Clare holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws degree and was admitted to practice as a Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2003. Clare is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Supply Chain

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.

 

Will Goulding

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Will Goulding

Melbourne Port Terminal Manager

Will is a diligent and highly regarded People and Logistics Leader with extensive operational management experience in fast paced, complex environments. With over 25 years of experience within the transport and logistics industry, Will has been able to manage and lead teams in large scale operations.

Will joined the Emerald team in February 2022, and currently manages the Melbourne Port Terminal.

William de Gabrielle

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William de Gabrielle

Asset & Maintenance Manager

Bill began with Emerald in 2013 taking on the role of Maintenance Supervisor. During this time he has spent many hours  at Melbourne Port Terminal and country sites to understand the condition and history of the business assets.
Bill’s working life started as apprentice electrician with the Port of Melbourne Authority.  Once completing his post trade qualifications he worked his way through different roles including Engineering Services Manager for East Swanson / Webb Dock for the Port of Melbourne Authority. Bill has applied his knowledge to operations across the globe including stints in Saudi Arabia, Philippines, North America, South America and Africa.
During his time at Emerald, Bill has introduced a Computerised Maintenance Management Package to record all business assets and set up preventative maintenance programs.
Due to Bill’s excellent management Emerald Grain has reduced reliability downtime on assets at throughout the supply chain operations.

Trading & Marketing

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.

Brant Laidlaw

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Brant Laidlaw

Trading Manager

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.

Dick McCagh

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Dick McCagh

General Manager WA

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

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.

Sebastian Nixon

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Sebastian Nixon

Commodity Trader

Seb joined Emerald in 2016. His key responsibilities include facilitating pricing and execution for hedging and marketing strategies across Emerald’s Canola book.

Seb grew up on a mixed livestock and cropping property near Yarrawonga / Mulwala in the Southern Riverina NSW, he moved to Melbourne to pursue his studies at the University of Melbourne.

Prior to joining the trading team Seb held various roles within Emerald’s logistics team responsible for east coast execution and accumulation as well as Emerald’s supply chain customer service.

Krystal Nagle

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Krystal Nagle

Business Development Manager

Krystal joined Emerald Grain in early 2014, starting as a Terminal Operator before moving into the Terminal Planning Manager role.

Where she managed the coordination of grain receivals through our Melbourne port facility to effectively execute Emerald’s Container and Bulk shipping program. She is also highly skilled in the grain quality department.

Krystal was appointed as Business Development Manager, with International Marketing as the main focus. Looking after customers predominantly in the Asia-pacific region