Board of Directors
Michael Iwaniw was appointed as Chairman of Select Harvests in November 2011 following a career spanning 40 years in Australian agribusiness. He became Managing Director of the Australian Barley Board (ABB) in 1989, retiring from the role some 20 years later. As Managing Director he led the transition from a statutory authority to a publicly listed company, growing the business into an ASX 100 company with a market capitalisation of A$1.6 billion. Michael has acted as a Non Executive Director of a number of Companies. He is currently Chairman of Australian Grain Technologies and a Non Executive Director of Australian Grain Growers Cooperative. Michael is a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees.
Paul Thompson joined Select Harvests as Managing Director in July 2012. He is an experienced executive with over 30 years in management. Before joining Select Harvests Paul was President of SCA Hygiene Australasia responsible for a $600 million turnover business across all of its divisions (FMCG, Pharmacy, Industrial/Foodservice & Healthcare) and overseeing leading brands including Sorbent and Handee. Paul is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has formerly held positions as a Director of the Australian Food & Grocery Council and councilor in the Australian Industry Group.
Ross Herron joined the Board on 26 January 2005. A Chartered Accountant, he retired as a Senior Partner of PriceWaterhouseCoopers in December 2002. He was a member of the Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers) Board of Partners where he was National Deputy Chairman, and Melbourne office Managing Partner and served on several international committees within Coopers & Lybrand. He is Chairman of GUD Holdings Ltd and Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) Ltd and a Non Executive Director of a major industry superannuation fund. Ross is Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Michael Carroll joined the Board on 31 March 2009. He works with a range of agribusiness companies in a board and advisory capacity, and has directorships with Queensland Sugar Limited, Sunny Queen Farms, Rural Finance Corporation, Rural Funds Management and Tassal. He has 18 years’ experience in banking and finance, having established and led the Agribusiness division within the National Australia Bank. He has worked for a number of companies in the agricultural sector including Monsanto Agricultural Products and a venture capital biotechnology company. He is Chairman of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.
Fred Grimwade was appointed to the Board on 27 July 2010. Fred is a Principal and Executive Director of Fawkner Capital, a specialist corporate advisory firm, and works with a wide range of companies in a board or advisory capacity. He is Chairman of CPT Global Limited and is also a director of Australian United Investment Company Ltd, Fusion Retail Brands Pty Ltd, Troy Resources Ltd and XRF Scientific Ltd. He has held general management positions with Colonial Agricultural Company, Colonial Mutual Group, Colonial First State Investments Group, Western Mining Corporation and Goldman Sachs & Co. He is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.
Paul Riordan was appointed to the Board in October 2012. He has worked in various rural enterprises during his career, in Australia and the United States, including small seed production, large-scale sheep and grain organisations, and beef cattle. Paul is a cofounder and Executive Director (Operations) of Boundary Bend Olives, Australia’s largest vertically integrated olive company. Paul has a Diploma of Farm Management from Marcus Oldham Agricultural College, Geelong and has extensive operational and business experience in vertically integrated agribusinesses, including in horticultural operations and risk management. He is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Nicki Anderson joined the Board on 21 January 2016. Nicki is an accomplished leader with deep experience in marketing and innovation within branded food and consumer goods businesses, which include SPC Ardmona and McCain. Nicki has also held senior positions in marketing within world class FMCG Companies, including Kraft, Cadbury Schweppes, Campbell Arnott’s and Nestle. Most recently Nicki was Managing Director within the Blueprint Group concentrating on sales, marketing and merchandising within retail sales channels. Nicki is currently a non-Executive Director on the Board of ‘Australia Made’ and is Chairperson of the Monash University Marketing Advisory Board.
Ms Bennett joined Select Harvests in 2017. She is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience in business and financial management, corporate governance, risk management and audit. She has previously held senior executive positions at BHP Billiton Limited and Coles Group Limited, and has been the Chief Financial Officer at several organisations within the health sector. She is currently Chair of the Victorian Legal Services Board (Chair since 2013, Board Member since 2008), a director of Hills Limited (since 2010) and Beach Energy Limited (since 2012) and a former director of Boom Logistics Limited (from 2010 to 2015).