The role of the board for our not-for-profit organisation cannot be overestimated, meeting on a monthly basis with BFVG's Managing Director, Bree Grima working together to continue BFVG's operational strategies and values, monitoring performance, making decisions on capital usage and acquisition, and lobbying for assistance to the Australian Government.
BFVG's Board is made up of Eight (8) Wide Bay Burnett Regional Growers and Two (2) Independent directors, collectively the Board offers a positive blend of generations and skill sets to BFVG stakeholders, the Industry and the Region of which Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers Represents.
Joe and his family own and operate an Avocado and Macadamia orchid just west of Bundaberg. Representing the regions Avocado growers Joe
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."
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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.
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.
Andreas is a second generation horticulturalist in partnership with family operating on a 50ha farm just outside of Bundaberg.
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 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.
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.
Stacey continues to sit as an independent board director at BFVG and brings a broad experience based skill set to our organisation.