Board of Directors
The Board of Suncoast Gold Macadamias is comprised of 5 Directors, elected by our Grower Shareholders.
Appointed Director May 2014 and became Chairman in 2016. Geoff has been a member of the Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Co-Operative for approximately 30 years and has previously held the roles of Chairman and Deputy Chairman for BFVG. He was appointed to the Queensland Minister for Primary Industries Horticultural Industry Development Group in 2013. Geoff has grown macadamias since 1989 and now manages approximately 15,000 trees. Geoff became a Suncoast Gold shareholder in 1998.
Francis James Manning
Appointed to the board in 2003, Frank held the Chairman role from 2004 to 2016. Frank has over thirty years of experience in the accountancy profession (sixteen years with Price Waterhouse and was a partner with this firm). He specialises in the business services and corporate finance area of the profession. He has a wide experience in both taxation and financial consultation work. Frank is currently a principal of RSM and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. Frank is also a Director of Green & Gold Macadamias (Aust) Pty Ltd. Frank comes from a rural background and currently operates a small macadamia orchard.
Andrew Colin Strahley
Appointed Director of Suncoast Gold in September 2008. Mr. Strahley is the Managing Director of Hancock Farm Company Pty Ltd (HFC) and Director of Hancock Agricultural Investment Group. Mr. Strahley joined HFC at its inception in 2000 and has over 30 years experience in corporate agriculture, both domestic (Australia) and international, with many years in senior management positions with ConAgra (AMH), Mitsubishi (Aust) and the Australian Meat and Livestock Corporation (AMLC). As property manager, he oversees HFCs Australian properties including asset acquisitions, dispositions and operations. Mr. Strahley holds qualifications in Applied Science in Agriculture, studying at the Charles Stuart University at Wagga. Mr Strahley's family farm cereal crops and livestock and is a member of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science & Technology and serves as a Director on several agricultural boards, including the Hancock Natural Resource Group Australasia.
Appointed Director April 2009. Luigi has served on the executive board of the Queensland Strawberry Growers Association (QSGA) for the last ten years. From 2004 to 2007 he represented the Association as a delegate to the Industry Advisory Committee and Strawberry Australia Inc, which was were responsible for shaping the future of the industry in partnership with government bodies, DPI and HAL. Luigi is currently the President of (QSGA) Queensland Strawberry Growers Association and chair of the Queensland Strawberry Growers Association Promotional Council. Luigi currently serves on the board of Directors of the Elimbah Fruit Growers Association.
Appointed Director May 2014. Peter has been a Director of Coochin Creek Fruit growers (C.C.F.G) for over 5 years serving in positions of Vice Chairman & Chairman and has worked with government on Constitutional amendments. His strategies for erosion prevention and encroachment have been documented in leading industry associations. Peter has grown Macadamias for over 25 years, and joined Suncoast Gold in 1999 as its youngest shareholder. His farm has consistently ranked within the top 3 orchards in the under 70 tonne category in Queensland.
Our highly experienced Management team is based at our Gympie site.
Ben Adams was appointed as General Manager in October 2018 having held several international agribusiness management roles. After growing up on a mixed farm in northern NSW Ben gained a Degree in Applied Science, majoring in Rural Management, from the University of Queensland followed by a Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Prior to this role Ben was heading up a global seed business in the US and Mexico covering all aspects from administration, research and development of new products, production and processing and the related sales and marketing activities. Ben has a keen interest in agriculture production and processing and is working to build on the heritage of Suncoast Gold while taking advantage of new technologies to maximise efficiencies in factory performance. Ben's wish is that Suncoast Golds reputation of a premium supplier of kernel is continued so that grower shareholders and suppliers are rewarded at the highest levels.
Chief Financial Officer
David joined SGM as CFO in June 2017, moving to the region from Northern NSW. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 22 years’ experience in both the private and commercial sectors, including CFO’s positions in the Construction and Manufacturing industries. Prior to this, David held senior Corporate Finance roles with Big 4 and mid-tier Chartered firms in SEQ, working on M&A’s, IPO’s, IER’s, due diligence and various specialised forms of valuations.
Chris joined SGM as Operations Manager in late 2015. Chris has been involved in business and project management for over for 20 years in the food and bitumous surfacing industry, as a managing director, construction, logistics and project management. Chris has proven business and project management experience and with a hands on approach to all works, strongly enforces safe and productive operations. Chris grew up in Wimmera/Mallee wheat belt regions of country Victoria.