Richard Byllaardt is the former Managing Director of Seven Fields, and together with Greg McMahon he grew the company to become one of the largest and most successful citrus growers in Australia. As head of growing and marketing, Richard travelled regularly to South Africa, Italy, Spain, USA, China, Japan, United Kingdom, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and Hong Kong, establishing an excellent network of people around the world in the citrus industry. In 2016, Seven Fields was sold to The Nutrano Group. Richard believes it is essential for all horticultural industries to have strong organisations like Citrus Australia as key drivers in the future direction of our industry.
Greg Fraser was CEO of Plant Health Australia from 2008 to July, 2020. He has also been Chair of the Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative since July, 2018, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Greg worked with Citrus Australia CEO Nathan Hancock and other stakeholders in the citrus canker response in the NT and northern WA. Greg brings experience in stakeholder engagement from PHA, whose members are all levels of Government and industry bodies. He and his family own a 200 hectare grazing farm, with some irrigation, at Wee Jasper, north of Canberra.
Simon has worked in the citrus industry for almost 20 years - working across packing, domestic and export sales and marketing, and supply chain logistics in senior management roles. Simon currently works at Costa as the Divisional Manager - Packing and Marketing, managing packing operations and sales across Costa's 2PH and Southern citrus businesses. Costa is one of the largest grower-packer-marketers in Australia, with citrus operations in four growing regions, packing over 6.5 million cartons per annum from almost 5,000 planted hectares.
Iain is a former South Australian politician who has held respected roles on industry, Cabinet and Government committees. Iain was elected to the South Australian Parliament in 1993 and retired in 2014 and has held various Ministerial/Shadow Ministerial portfolios including Treasury, Industry & Trade; Industrial Relations and Small Business. Iain served as the Leader of the Opposition as well as a Member of the Murray Darling Basin Ministerial Council. Iain has been a CEO of a food export business and is currently the Chair of the Lenswood Coldstores Cooperative Society. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Megan and husband Hamish have 40,000 mandarin and lemon trees on 110 hectares over three sites on the Burnett River in Queensland. Megan manages the packing shed and marketing of their fruit. The MacDonalds are also accredited labour providers. Megan said being an owner/manager with Hamish of a smaller citrus business, and a working mother, will frame her contribution to the strategic direction of Citrus Australia.
Ryan Arnold is a generational Riverland grower on his family citrus business Pyap Produce in Loxton, South Australia. Ryan was appointed to the Citrus Australia Board as a Grower Director in early 2022 and has since been a strong voice on the board.
Ryan travelled to America in 2019 to visit HLB and ACP infected orchards and has since joined the Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Committee (CPDPC) and the National Citrus Surveillance Committee (NCSC). Not only a strong advocate in biosecurity, Ryan also implements innovative crop protection across his orchard. Ryan continues to share his knowledge with the wider industry and is constantly educating himself on the latest research and development in horticulture.
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