Citrus Australia’s head office is based in Mildura, Victoria. Our staff includes a small, dedicated and passionate team of people, working to both develop and support the Citrus Industry.
Chief Executive Officer
Since his appointment as CEO in late 2017, Nathan has led new initiatives in expanding market access and strengthening biosecurity. He was recognised for his leadership and representation of the citrus industry during the citrus canker outbreak in 2017 and subsequent recovery efforts. Before taking the reins as CEO, Nathan implemented maturity and quality standards in the national industry and improved industry statistics, including the citrus tree census, national plantings database, and production forecast model.
Market Information & Quality Project Officer
Mara Milner has a biological science degree from Deakin University and has worked in a number of food safety laboratories including almost ten years in one of the citrus industry’s largest export packing houses Mildura Fruit Company.
Mara was successful in obtaining a Citrus Australia travel bursary to attend the 2012 International Citrus Congress in Spain whilst working in the citrus industry.
Mara has experience in food and fruit maturity testing, chemical reside testing, quality and food safety compliance and training, reporting and grower communication.
Seasonal Workforce Industry Support Officer
Growers can contact new Citrus Australia team member Jackie Heaysman for help on available options for sourcing labour, both immediate and for next season.
Jackie has joined Citrus Australia as Seasonal Workforce Industry Support Officer and aims to help growers gain a better understanding of labour options and government assistance.
“I am available to talk to growers about any workforce challenges they are facing and to hopefully provide them with some ideas and point them in the right direction to finding some solutions,” Jackie said.
Jeff Milne first joined Citrus Australia as the National Citrus Surveillance Coordinator but has since moved into a new role as Industry Development Officer. Jeff is also a part of many committees and continues to be an advocate and voice for growers and industry.
Jeff has lived in the Sunraysia region all his life and for much of his career managed a large citrus orchard and vineyard with associated packing house and winery and was actively involved in many horticultural research projects. Other industry roles involved grower liaison, training, and quality system management.
Jeff has managed Victorian government projects in viticulture extension and regional development.
Jeff was a member of the Murray Valley Citrus Marketing Board and until recently operated a family wine grape vineyard.
General Manager, Market Development
David has a background in food service with a formal qualification in food technology. His role at Citrus Australia has recently expanded from Market Access Manager to General Manager Market Development. His role is to engage with the sector and provide technical advice to government to overcome technical trade barriers in the area of biosecurity, agrichemicals and food safety. He also sits on the Freshcare Board of Directors.
Industry Engagement Manager
Stephen Cooke is responsible for keeping growers and other industry stakeholders up to date with information that will benefit their business and the industry as a whole.
Stephen was an agricultural journalist for 20 years before joining Citrus Australia, writing and editing for key rural publications across the country. He has also worked as a senior communications consultant.
One of his key roles as Industry Engagement Manager will be editing the Australian Citrus News.
Kellie currently holds the position of Accountant with Citrus Australia Ltd, appointed in August 2012, and is based in the Mildura office.
Kellie has a strong background in accounting, having worked as a practising accountant for the last 16 years. She is a Chartered Accountant and holds degrees in Business and Computer Science.
Kellie provides accountancy services on a contractual basis to the company.
Alison MacGregor has worked in the horticulture industry for 30 years – 17 years as a research scientist with DPI Victoria followed by 13 years as an independent consultant to the Australian citrus, table grape, dried grape and wine industries. Alison brings practical experience to the citrus agrichemical project, having undertaken residue and efficacy trials, made permit applications, integrated pest management and spray application. In the role of agrichemical manager, she coordinates the annual citrus residue survey, updates the export MRL tables for packers and growers and liaises on behalf of citrus with the APVMA and chemical industry.
Project Officer – Policy and Membership
As part of Citrus Australia’s commitment to advocate members’ interests to all levels of Government, Kerry assists the Board and CEO Nathan Hancock in developing new policies and fine-tuning existing policies. Kerry also develops membership strategies and provides support to staff in achieving the outcomes of our various consultative committees. Kerry is originally from a wine grape property at Coomealla, NSW, and has previously held roles of Ministerial Coordinator with the Federal Department of Human Services, and Policy Officer with the former Federal Member for Mallee, Andrew Broad.
Jess joined our team in March and you may have already met her as the face of the office or as the voice on the phone. Jess manages the front of house but plays a pivotal support role in areas of accounts, membership and assisting Nathan.
Jess is a Mildura local and before joining Citrus Australia worked as a legal secretary. She has a ‘very small background’ in the world of citrus, owning a 6-acre citrus farm for two seasons with her husband in Curlwaa. Jess loves mandarins and orange juice, and has four children that play football and netball for Irymple – ‘Go the Swallow
Media and Communications Officer
Gabby comes from a seventh generation sheep and broadacre family farm in Turriff. Gabby graduated with a Bacherlor
Gabby graduated with a Bachelor of Professional Writing and Journalism from the University of South Australia before joining Citrus Australia as our Media and Communications Officer.
Gabby’s roles include assisting with Citrus Australia’s social media, including producing videos, and writing for the eNews and Australian Citrus News.