Mr Bernie Brookes AM
Bernie has expertise and substantial experience in retail and wholesale operations, buying, information technology systems, supply chain and human resource management in a fast moving and dynamic environment. He is an experienced board member and chair of large and difficult companies in private equity, international corporates and small start ups.
Bernie's experience includes leading a multi-divisional organisation during significant periods of change and re-engineering. Having worked in three states across all major divisions, he has an excellent grasp of a variety of areas of senior management.
With 40 years' experience Bernie brings substantial skills in managing change, organising people and leading teams with a passion for entrepreneurial-ship and empowerment.
He has significant international experience, establishing a retail business in India, setting up sourcing offices in China and spending three years running South Africa's largest non-food retailer.
Bernie is on the Advisory Board of the World Retail Congress as Australia's representative and is on the Grand Jury for the World Retail Awards.
Dr Anne M Astin AM PSM PhD FAIFST MAICD
Anne currently chairs the Boards of Australia’s Food Agility Co-operative Research Centre, the Sir William Angliss Institute of TAFE (WAI), Dairy Food Safety Victoria (DFSV), Australia’s SafeFish partnership and Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand. She is Deputy Chair of the New Zealand Food Safety Science and Research Centre and a Non-Executive Director of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation and Sheep Producers Australia.
She has previously held positions as Chair and President of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology, non-Executive Director of Australian Dairy Farmers Ltd., Dairy Australia and the Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens.
She was the inaugural CEO of Dairy Food Safety Victoria prior to which she held senior executive positions in the Victorian government.
Her services to Australia’s dairy industry, food regulation and rural women have been recognised through being awarded an Order of Australia Medal, a Public Service Medal and receiving Australia’s Dairy Industry Association’s John Bryant Gold Medal and the Australian Dairy Industry Council’s Outstanding Service Award. She is an inductee of Victoria’s Women’s Honour Roll for her work in biochemistry and as an advocate for women’s leadership.
Ms Heather Stacy AM
Heather has an Australian and international career in agribusiness, heavy industry, fast moving consumer goods, health and government. Her experience is non-executive and executive, with responsibilities including governance, risk management and strategy. She has leadership and functional capability in procurement, manufacturing and distribution, information and business systems and not-for-profits.
Her executive career spans senior roles with Alliance Group, Fonterra Co-operative, BlueScope Steel, King Island Dairy, Simplot and Metro Meat International. Non-executive appointments include Rural Financial Counselling Service, AgriFutures Australia and the Victorian Workcover Authority.
Heather is qualified in agricultural science and has a Master of Business Administration. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Rural Leadership Program and is an ANZAC Fellow. In 2016 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to primary industry.