Directors & Executive Team

  • Board of Directors
  • Executive Team

Board of Directors

Executive Team

Rick Lee AO

Rick Lee AO

FAICD, BEng (Chemical) (Hons), MA (Econ) (Oxon)

Rick is an experienced company Director and Chair of the Board having served on a range of boards since 2001, when he retired as Chief Executive of NM Rothschild Australia Group after nine years. His previous senior executive roles also include 16 years with CSR Limited. Rick has broad exposure to agribusiness both personally and through his board experience as Director and Deputy Chairman of stock feed business, Ridley Corporation Limited, Director of CSR Limited and board level roles at GrainCorp and Wesfarmers General Insurance.

Current Directorships/Appointments:

  • Chairman & Non-Executive Director at Oil Search Limited (since May 2012)
  • Non-Executive Director of Newcrest Mining Limited (since August 2007)

Current Ruralco Holdings Committee roles/memberships:

  • Member of the Investment Review Committee
  • Member of the Audit, Risk & Corporate Governance Committee
  • Member of the Nomination & Remuneration Committee
Elizabeth Johnstone

Elizabeth Johnstone

FAICD , LLB, MA(Hons), BA(Hons)

Elizabeth has extensive experience in company law and corporate governance. Elizabeth was previously a corporate partner and practice head for company law and governance at Blake Dawson (now Ashurst) and a member of the American Bar Association’s International Developments in Corporate Governance Committee. Elizabeth served for many years as a member of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board until 2012 and as a member of the Australian Press Council. She is a former Business and Professional Women’s Association/QANTAS Business Woman of the Year.

Current Directorships/Appointments:

  • Chair of ASX Corporate Governance Council (since October 2017)
  • Chair & Non-Executive Director of KinCare Community Services Limited and related companies (since September 2012)
  • Non-Executive Director and Chair of Audit & Risk Management Committee of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (South East Section) (since 2010)
  • Non-Executive Director and member of the Audit & Risk Committee of Macquarie University Hospital Operations Ltd (until March 2017)

Current Ruralco Holdings Committee roles/memberships:

  • Chair of the Audit, Risk & Corporate Governance Committee
  • Member of the Investment Review Committee
  • Member of the Nomination & Remuneration Committee
Trudy Vonhoff

Trudy Vonhoff

GAICD, MBA, BBus (Hons), SF Fin

Trudy has over 30 years’ experience leading businesses in the financial services industry and brings strong strategic, financial, commercial and risk management skills to Ruralco. Trudy previously held senior Executive positions with Westpac and AMP including leading Westpac’s Commercial Banking and Agribusiness unit, further developing her strong interest in, and understanding of agribusinesses. She also has extensive corporate governance and people and culture experience through her Non-Executive roles with AMP Bank Limited and Cabcharge Australia Limited.

Current Directorships/Appointments:

  • Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Risk Committee of AMP Bank Limited (since June 2012)
  • Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee of Cabcharge Australia Limited (since August 2015)
  • Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for Tennis NSW Limited (since December 2012)

Current Ruralco Holdings Committee roles/memberships:

  • Chair of the Nomination & Remuneration Committee
  • Member of the Investment Review Committee
  • Member of the Audit, Risk & Corporate Governance Committee
Michael J Millner

Michael J Millner

MAICD

Michael was first appointed to the Board in 2003, but stepped down for a year in 2006 before being re-appointed. Michael has extensive experience in the investment industry and has broad exposure to agribusiness both personally and through his appointment to the Board of the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales, a not-for-profit organisation that encourages the sustainable development of Australia’s agriculture.

Current Directorships/Appointments:

  • Non-Executive Director and Deputy Chairman of Brickworks Limited (since 1998)
  • Councillor and Board member of the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales and Chairman of the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales (RAS) Foundation (since December 2011).

Current Ruralco Holdings Committee roles/memberships:

  • Chair of the Investment Review Committee
  • Member of the Audit, Risk & Corporate Governance Committee
  • Member of the Nomination & Remuneration Committee
Andrew Macpherson

Andrew Macpherson

MAICD, B.Ind Eng. (Hons UNSW)

Andrew has close to 30 years’ experience in financial and management consulting and served as Regional Managing Director for global consulting firm, Accenture, until he retired in 2005. His areas of specialisation are technology strategy and the implementation of technology to transform business operations. Since retiring from Accenture he has been involved with a number of early stage technology businesses in the areas of biometrics, online retail and customer loyalty. The son of a wool grower, he grew up in the New England district of New South Wales and has maintained his agricultural interests with a cattle breeding property in the Hunter Valley.

Current directorships/Appointments:

  • Non-Executive Director Melbourne IT Group (since July 2017)
  • Chairman WorkVentures, not-for-profit IT social enterprise (since April 2017)
  • Non-Executive Director OneVue Group (since October 2016)
  • Chairman Sirca Limited (since July 2016)
Travis Dillon

Travis Dillon

Managing Director & CEO

MAICD , Adv Dip RBM, MBA

Travis has more than 25 years’ experience in the agribusiness industry. Having joined Ruralco in 2007, Travis has extensive operational knowledge across all of the Company’s activities including rural supplies, livestock agency, live export, financial services and wool and real estate agency activities. Prior to his appointment as Managing Director & CEO in November 2015, Travis was responsible for many of the profit centre operations across the Group. Current directorships include several of the Ruralco entities along with AuctionsPlus Pty Ltd, market leader in online transactions of livestock services. In November 2017, Travis joined the Board of Lifeline Australia.

Adrian Gratwicke

Adrian Gratwicke

Chief Financial Officer

CA, Exec MBA, BA (Hons), GAICD

Adrian brings 30 years’ experience in finance and accountancy, spanning professional advisory and assurance with Price Waterhouse in London through to a number of Top 100 ASX Listed organisations in the resources and FMCG retail/wholesale sectors. He was previously CFO at Metcash Limited for five years, after holding several senior roles within the company. His experience within the resources sector included senior positions at RGC Limited (now Iluka Limited) and Ampolex, the oil explorer and producer acquired by Mobil. Adrian is responsible for finance and reporting, IT, transactional finance (AP, AR and treasury), property, insurance, business development, risk and internal audit.

Elizabeth Hardaker

Elizabeth Hardaker

Executive General Manager People & Culture

Adv Dip Man, MAHRI, MAICD

Elizabeth is a commercially focused human resources professional with particular expertise in: organisational development and capability, business restructuring, business acquisition and integration, learning and development, and workplace health and safety. Her more than 15 years’ experience was gained in various industries including FMCG, Steel, Retail, Distribution, Services and Medical Devices. She was previously HR Director, Global Innovation and Operations for ResMed. Prior to this, her roles included Divisional HR Manager and Group ER Manager for RCR Infrastructure and a National HR Management position with OneSteel. Elizabeth is also Non-Executive Director of the Australian Institute of Management Business School.

Matt Pedersen

Matt Pedersen

Executive General Manager Rural Services - Southern

GAICD

Matt has more than 27 years’ experience in the Australian agriculture industry with a career extending across sales, marketing, management experience in wool, exporting, livestock, real estate, merchandise, finance, insurance, grain trading and water. He has held various senior positions within the Ruralco Company including Managing Director of Primaries of WA, and Southern Regional Manager for Ruralco – WA, SA and Victoria. Matt was President of the National Council of Wool Selling Brokers Association and their representative on the Australian Chinese industry working group. As Executive General Manager Rural Services – Southern, Matt is responsible for managing the Rural Services businesses in Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and southern New South Wales.

John Tuskin

John Tuskin

Executive General Manager Rural Services - Tasmania

GAICD

John Tuskin began his career with TP Jones in 1986, becoming Managing Director in 2008. Throughout his career in Agriculture, John has sat on various industry committees including Agsafe, Tasmanian Rural Industry Training Board and has previously served as Chair of the Combined Rural Traders (CRT) National Council. In addition, John is a Non-Executive Director of XLD Grain Pty Ltd, an independent grain trading business based in Tasmania. On 1 October 2013 John was appointed to the Board of Ruralco as a Non-Executive Director bringing his expertise in the agricultural sector, business, risk management and financial management to his roles on the Nomination & Remuneration and Investment Committees before his retirement on 15 November 2016. Following the acquisition by Ruralco of TP Jones & Co in March 2017, John has taken up a senior management position in the Group leading the Rural Services Tasmanian operations and from 1 October 2017 he joined the Executive Management Team.

Ian Perry

Ian Perry

Executive General Manager Financial Services

Grad Dip FSM, MAICD

Ian joined Ruralco after a 35-year career with ANZ Banking Group Limited, during which time he was the Group’s banker for eight years. He has experience across all levels of banking and finance, with a specialisation in Corporate and Institutional Agribusiness, including pre-farm gate, largescale farming enterprise and global agricultural commodity trading. Prior to his current appointment, he consulted in areas of Agribusiness Finance and Insurance, specialising in cotton and protein. Ian has a passion to support the growth and development of Australian Agribusiness through facilitating innovative capital structures and insurance products.

Greg O’Neil

Greg O’Neil

Executive General Manager CRT & Procurement

MAICD

Greg comes from a family farming background and has more than 30 years’ experience with CRT. Starting in customer service, he has held various senior positions in procurement, sales and marketing and product management, he was State Manager for WA and NSW before moving into a general management role for CRT in 1996. Greg was appointed General Manager of CRT and Group Marketing and Communications in 2011 and has a sound knowledge of the key drivers of the business and a good understanding of the market having worked in NSW, QLD and WA.

Peter Weaver

Peter Weaver

Executive General Manager Water

Adv Dip Man, Adv Dip FSM, GAICD

Peter has a deep understanding of commodity trading, procurement, sales, finance, multiple site operations, supply chain logistics and talent management. He joined Ruralco in 2012 as General Manager of Rodwells, one of Victoria’s largest rural services businesses. His significant experience within agribusiness extends across several industries and senior management positions, including as CEO of Ridley AgriProducts, General Manager Operations of Cheetham Salt and Operations Manager for ABB Grain.

Timothy Rowe

Timothy Rowe

ACTING GENERAL COUNSEL AND GROUP COMPANY SECRETARY

BA(Hons), LLB, FGIA

Timothy Rowe joined Ruralco in 2017 and has more than 18 years legal experience with leading national law firms, Minter Ellison and Mills Oakley, and in-house. During his time in private practice, Timothy advised domestic and offshore clients on corporate matters including mergers and acquisitions, capital management transactions, commercial agreements and corporate governance.  Agribusiness has been a long term area of interest and focus for Timothy and he has worked on numerous corporate and commercial transactions in the industry.  Prior to Ruralco, Timothy also helped to establish, and was then the General Counsel of, a boutique investment manager.  Timothy is responsible for managing the legal and company secretarial functions of the Group.

Andrew Slatter

Andrew Slatter

Executive General Manager Rural Services – Northern

Dip FM, MAPF, MAgrEc

Andrew Slatter has over 25 years’ experience in the agricultural industry, with extensive expertise in global agri-food supply chain financing. Working with Elders early in his career, he then moved to Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ). He held a number of roles over 12 years with ANZ including Head of Agribusiness – Asia. In 2015 Andrew moved into the role of Chief Financial Officer for Australian Agricultural Company Limited. Andrew joined Ruralco in January 2018 and as Executive General Manager Rural Services – Northern, is responsible for managing the Rural Services businesses in northern New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory.