AUSVEG Leadership Team

James Whiteside
CEO

James Whiteside

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

michael.coote@ausveg.com.au

0416 016 202

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

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

shaun.lindhe@ausveg.com.au

0405 977 789

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
National Manager - Scientific Affairs

Dr Jessica Lye

jessica.lye@ausveg.com.au

0401 555 567

Dr Jessica Lye joined the AUSVEG team in August 2014. She holds the position of National Manager – Scientific Affairs. Jessica manages the National Vegetable and Potato Biosecurity Program, as well as the scientific team at AUSVEG.

Jessica joined AUSVEG after several years in scientific research and brings strong academic credentials, having completed a Bachelor of Science with Honours at Monash University before completing a PhD in Molecular Genetics in 2013.

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Nathan McIntyre
National Marketing Manager

Nathan McIntyre

nathan.mcintyre@ausveg.com.au

0425 859 191

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 - Public Affairs

Jordan Brooke-Barnett

jordan.brooke-barnett@ausveg.com.au

0404 772 308

South Australian-raised, Jordan Brooke-Barnett, has been AUSVEG SA State Manager since the organisation’s inception and was appointed National Manager – Public Affairs in May 2016.

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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Kurt Hermann
AUSVEG VIC Executive Officer

Kurt Hermann

kurt.hermann@ausvegvic.com.au

0437 037 613

Kurt Hermann grew up in regional Victoria before moving to Melbourne to study Public Relations at RMIT.

Following his graduation, Mr Hermann worked for a number of award-winning Melbourne Public Relations agencies with a broad mix of clients including Sonos, hockingstuart, Citywide, Peninsula Health and Noodlebox.

Since joining AUSVEG as Design Team Coordinator in 2013, and his subsequent role as Assistant Manager – Industry Development, Mr Hermann has gained an in-depth understanding of the Australian vegetable and potato industries and the research and development advisory mechanisms instituted by Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited.

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