AUSVEG Leadership Team

James Whiteside
CEO

James Whiteside

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James brings a vast level of local and global agribusiness expertise to the industry, having previously worked for 23 years for Incitec Pivot. He was also the Chief Executive Officer of one of Incitec Pivot’s joint venture companies, Quantum Fertilisers, a Hong Kong based international fertiliser trading company. He is Chairman of Verdant Minerals Limited and is a director for Agribusiness Australia, both positions which he still retains.

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Michael Coote
National Manager - Export Development

Michael Coote

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Michael Coote holds the role of AUSVEG National Manager – Export Development.

Michael’s main responsibility is delivery of the vegetable industry’s export market development and market access program. He is a management professional with over 10 years of experience in the delivery of large-scale transformation, reform and government efficiency initiatives.

Michael has consulted across a range of industries and sectors, including state and federal government, not-for-profit organisations and industry associations.

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Nev Crljenkovic
Chief Financial Officer

Nev Crljenkovic

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As Chief Financial Officer, Nev Crljenkovic manages all financial, accounting and administration matters pertaining to AUSVEG.

Mr Crljenkovic has over twelve years of accounting experience with the last six years been spent in management and the previous five in the public practice sector. Mr Crljenkovic holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) degree from Swinburne University and is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA).

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Shaun Lindhe
National Manager - Communications

Shaun Lindhe

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Shaun Lindhe joined AUSVEG in 2014 and currently manages all vegetable and potato industry communication projects within AUSVEG, including the production of AUSVEG’s popular industry magazines Vegetables Australia and Potatoes Australia.

Shaun is responsible for managing the Peak Industry Body’s communications functions, ensuring important R&D outcomes are widely conveyed to industry, media and the public.

Shaun holds a Master of Global Media Communications and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) majoring in Media and Communications from the University of Melbourne. He has previous work experience as a researcher at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and as a newsreader and content creator for community radio station SYN.

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Dr Jessica Lye
Manager - Science & Extension

Dr Jessica Lye

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Dr Jessica Lye joined the AUSVEG team in August 2014. She holds the position of Manager – Science & Extension.

Dr Jessica Lye leads the Science & Extension project team at AUSVEG. Areas of expertise include plant biosecurity policy, exotic pest incursion response, agricultural engagement and extension, science communication, and promoting agricultural innovation and practice change.

Jessica is currently a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Women in Agriculture. In 2016, Jessica received the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award (Victoria), an award that identifies and supports emerging women leaders who have the desire, commitment and leadership potential to make a greater contribution to primary industries and rural communities.

Jessica currently leads several industry levy funded projects encompassing agrichemical needs and priorities, sustainable farming, exotic pest management, plant pest surveillance, and farm biosecurity. She is industry representative on the Consultative Committee for Emergency Plant Pests, and sits on multiple committees, including the Commonwealth Imported Seed Regulation Task Force, and the Farm Productivity and Resource Use Strategic Investment Advisory Panel for the Vegetable R&D Levy (Hort Innovation).

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Nathan McIntyre
National Marketing Manager

Nathan McIntyre

nathan.mcintyre@ausveg.com.au

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Nathan McIntyre is National Marketing Manager is responsible for overseeing the National Horticulture Convention, as well as developing and maintaining the numerous Strategic Partnerships that AUSVEG has established over the years.

Nathan holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in Public Relations and has a background in Marketing within the sporting sector, having previously worked on major marketing campaigns for Golf Australia.

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Jordan Brooke-Barnett
AUSVEG SA State Manager & AUSVEG National Manager - Members

Jordan Brooke-Barnett

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South Australian-raised, Jordan Brooke-Barnett, has been AUSVEG SA State Manager since the organisation’s inception and was appointed National Manager – Members in July 2017.

Jordan grew up in South East South Australia on a family merino farm and has a strong passion for agricultural issues in the state. Jordan has spent considerable time working with vegetable producers throughout Australia in his previous role managing the highly-successful EnviroVeg Program. Jordan has considerable experience working in the field of communications and marketing, and has qualifications in communications and a Master of Marketing. Passionate about issues facing regional Australia and with a strong track record of working with growers, Jordan is excited about opportunities to work with South Australian growers to meet industry challenges.

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