Meet the Board

The BFVG Board meets on a monthly basis and together with the Managing Director, Bree Grima work together to ensure BFVG's core values of leadership, passion, accountability, transparency and respect flow through from the strategic direction of the Board to the operational strategies implemented. The Boards primary responsibility is stewardship and trusteeship on behalf of its stakeholders who are commercial scale horticultural businesses and the agribusinesses that support them in the Wide Bay Burnett of Queensland. The Board and the Managing Director take an active role in ensuring the Cooperative remains viable and effective providing advocacy and representation on issues critical to the sustainability of the Region's industry.

BFVG's Board is made up of nine commercial scale horticultural growers and two Independent directors and collectively provides a blend of generations and skill sets to BFVG stakeholders, the Industry and the Region of which the Cooperative Represents.

Executive Directors

Chairman

Joe Lyons

Joe has been a Director of BFVG since 2012 and is son to BFVG Life Members Bruce and Elaine Lyons. Joe and his family own and operate an Avocado and Macadamia orchard west of Bundaberg. Representing the regions Avocado growers Joe

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draws knowledge from his experiences in the Banana, Grain and Beef Industries for the benefit of the region.

Joe obtained a Diploma of Applied Science at Gatton Agricultural College; he is a firm believer of taking a "holistic approach to farm management by finding your place in an efficient and profitable supply chain."


Deputy Chair
 

Craig Van Rooyen

Craig has been involved with the BFVG Board since 2013 in various capacities and owns a number of farms in the Bundaberg area, where they grow Macadamias, Avocados and lychees. He is married to Barbara who is a GP in Bundaberg and his three sons are all keen to pursue careers in horticulture.


Treasurer

Leanne Rudd

Leanne is a local Accountant, Wealth and Business Advisor with a strong background in family and small business. Since gaining her degree and FCPA qualifications, Leanne has 21 years professional accounting experience to her credit.


Secretary

Bree Grima

Bree commenced with the BFVG Cooperative in 2010 and was appointed to the roles of Managing Director and Secretary of the Cooperative in March 2016. Bree's skillsets are advocacy, project management, industry liaison, corporate governance and communication.

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Elected Directors

Andreas Rehberger

Andreas is a second generation horticulturalist in partnership with family operating on a 50ha farm just outside of Bundaberg.

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His family has been farming for 30 years and are currently growing Mangoes and a variety of small crops.

Having returned to the industry in 2011, Andreas is keen to see the younger generations being more involved and proactive in the direction of the horticulture industry.

Andreas is also motivated to see the future of the industry brighten, promoting the youth to see farming as a fruitful career.


Tina McPherson

Tina brings a new lease of experience to the Board. Representing Stawberries and Passionfruit,

Read MoreTina, with her Husband Bruce own Tinaberries. A strong advocate for Integrated Pest Management and sustainable farming practices. The pair have been working to reduce the environmental 'footprint' on farm and to preserve the ecological health of our immediate and surrounding environment.



 

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Andrew Lewis

Andrew and his family own and operate a Macadamia orchard to the west of Bundaberg. Andrew and his family purchased the farm in 2013 as a Sugar Cane farm and Peanut operation. Over the last 4 years from 2016 to 2020 the farm has been fully planted to Macadamias. Andrew completed a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of New England majoring in Agribusiness and Agricultural Economics and also completed a Graduate Diploma of Construction Management through Swinburne University. Andrew is committed to the challenge of water security and the ongoing issues surrounding Paradise Dam.



Tom Redfern

Tom works in hydroponics, managing 12.5ha of greenhouses and a large workforce. Currently the greenhouses grow cucumbers and soon cannabis is to be grown also. Tom brings a range of experience to the board as he has worked in livestock, orchard, broadacre farming and now hydroponic production, across all eastern states.

Tom is keen on improving plant health and production via IPM and complete nutrition. Tom is also very interested in employing locals and promoting agriculture as a great industry with opportunities for young people.

Michael McMahon

Michael has been a part of the horticulture industry in the Bundaberg region since 2003. He and his family owned and operated a large citrus and blueberry farm until 2016 and they have re-invested in other properties in the region on which to grow macadamias.
During his time in the citrus industry Michael served as a Director on the Board of Citrus Australia, as the Chair of Citrus Australia’s QLD Regional Advisory Committee and as Chair of QLD Citrus Exporters Group. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce. 

Jamie Hansen

Independent Directors


Stacey Watson

Stacey continues to sit as an independent board director at BFVG and brings a broad experience based skill set to our organisation.

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