The Growcom Board of Directors

BELINDA ADAMS – CHAIR

Non-Executive Director since 11 November 2015
Chair since 22 November 2019

Belinda Adams was a primary school teacher for 10 years before joining the family farming business, Coastal Hydroponics, on the Gold Coast. The business supplies herbs and packaged leaf salads to Coles. Belinda entered the business to take over the Quality Assurance program and was then promoted to the Production Manager’s role.

Belinda has been the Queensland representative on the board of EnviroVeg, a program dedicated to creating a profitable vegetable industry based on environmentally sustainable production available through AUSVEG. Belinda is the current Deputy Chair of AUSVEG.

She participated in Growcom’s young growers leadership program ‘Next Gen’ in 2011 and has also taken part in professional development training programs for Quality Assurance. She has been keenly involved in Growcom’s Women in Horticulture program and was awarded a bursary for professional development within the industry in 2012.

She was awarded AUSVEG Horticultural Woman of the Year in 2013 and Grower of the Year in 2014.

JOE MORO – DEPUTY CHAIR

Appointed to fill Casual Vacancy created by resignation of Matt Hood on 20 November 2015
Non-Executive Director since 23 November 2016

Joe Moro is Chairman of the FNQ Growers Association (formerly the Mareeba District Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association) and a mango grower. Joe has many years of experience in business and the horticulture industry, as well as wider community involvement across North Queensland.

He has been Chairman of the FNQ Growers since 1995 and in 1997 he was appointed by the Queensland Government to the Queensland Horticultural Institute Board in the Department of Primary Industries. He was a Mareeba Shire Councillor from 2000 until 2008 and is a Director of the Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF).

Joe is the Chairman of the Queensland Horticulture Council, a member of the QFF Policy Council and the Water and Energy committee.

Joe also helped in the formation of the Australian Mango Industry Association and went on to serve as Chairman. He is a dedicated and experienced farmer and proprietor of the family farming business, A Moro & Son. He has grown a wide variety of crops over the years including pumpkins, zucchini, cucumbers, capsicums, tomatoes, papaws, watermelons, citrus and tobacco, but now solely grows mangoes.

LES WILLIAMS

Non-Executive Director since 14 November 2013
Chairman from 23 November 2016 – 21 November 2019

Les Williams is a third generation Wamuran pineapple grower. He was a director of Elimbah Co-operative for 20 years finishing in 2015. In 2007 he took on the role of Pineapple Growers Advancement Group (PGAG) Research and Development Representative.

The PGAG has been integral in the development of the pineapple industry. As part of his PGAG role, Les helped develop the Pineapple Industry strategic Plan and the pineapple levy. He was voted the Pineapple Grower of the Year by industry in 2012. Les completed the Building Rural Leader’s program in 2007 and the Next Generation Leadership program in 2013.

Les is a former Director of the Queensland Farmers’ Federation (QFF) and member of the QFF Policy Council. He is also the former Chairman of Queensland Horticulture Council. Les is a member of the Finance and Audit sub-committee.

JUDY SHEPHERD

Casual Director since 15 September 2016
Non-Executive Director since 23 November 2016

Judy Shepherd is a citrus orchardist in Gayndah. She operates three mandarin orchards with her husband and son for the Australian domestic markets and export markets throughout the world.

Judy’s focus is on the strategic operational direction of the enterprise with an emphasis on emerging Asian markets and establishing strong relationships with export customers. Through her role as Secretary of the Gayndah Fruitgrowers Association, she has worked locally in the industry for many years to ensure growers have access to best practice models and support in WHS, HR and IR processes and compliance.

Judy holds a Bachelor of IT, Computer Software Engineering, and a Diploma of Agribusiness. She was an enthusiastic participant in the Growcom Women in Horticulture Program and received a bursary in 2012 to pursue further professional development.

Judy is a member of the Queensland Horticulture Council. She is also the Manager of a successful Regional Disability Employment site and works in this role as an advocate for people with a disability in their employment and training goals throughout the North Burnett region.

SHARRON WINDOLF

Non-Executive Director since 11 November 2015

Sharron Windolf is based in the Lockyer Valley and plays an integral role in the management of Windolf Farms along with her husband Paul, and other family members. Windolf Farms produces vegetables and fruit for local, interstate and export markets.

Sharron had a background in banking and retail before becoming involved in the horticulture industry. Sharron holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Southern Queensland, is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has contributed to various community groups over the years.

Sharron is a Director of AustSafe Super. She is a member of the Sunsuper Rural and Regional Advisory Committee, a committee member of the Lockyer Valley Growers Association and a member of the Pre Farm Gate Hort Innovation Advisory Panel.

In 2016 Sharron was awarded the AUSVEG Woman in Horticulture Award and is a member of the Finance and Audit sub-committee.

COLIN JEACOCKE

Non-Executive Director since 14 November 2013

Colin Jeacocke is a mango and dragon fruit grower at Gin Gin with extensive experience in fruit and vegetable production. He has also travelled widely and has been involved in international research and marketing.

Col has been an active member for many years contributing to a number of local and regional commodity associations and grower groups, including being a past member of the Queensland Fruit & Vegetable Growers and Bundaberg Fruit & Vegetable Growers Boards. He has also been the past Chairman of the Queensland Mango Committee and Gin Gin Fruit and Vegetables Association.

TIM CARNELL

Non-Executive Director since 22 November 2019.

Tim Carnell is a fourth generation horticultural producer from Glen Aplin on the Granite Belt where he currently farms with his wife Felicity, and parents Trevor and Alison. Tim operates Kirra Pines Farming growing tomatoes, capsicums and leeks on 101 hectares across nine growing sites.

Tim has a passion for horticulture and his local growing community and currently serves as Vice-President on the Stanthorpe and Granite Belt Chamber of Commerce. Through this appointment he was involved in the Emu Swamp Dam Steering Committee and also heavily involved in the inception of the Granite Belt Growers Association taking on the role as interim-President during the development phase.

MICHAEL KENT

Independent Director since 23 April 2019

Michael Kent is an experienced corporate governance professional and in-house commercial lawyer. Michael holds qualification as a solicitor and Chartered Secretary.

He is General Counsel for Transit Systems Pty Ltd, an Australian-based international multi-disciplinary transport solutions provider which operates 3000 buses and employs over 6700 employees in Australia, the United Kingdom, Singapore, New Zealand and the USA.

Michael has previously held board or governance roles in the not-for-profit, aged care and maritime pilotage industries.