Citrus Australia is governed by an enthusiastic skills-based board comprising of four grower member directors and three independent directors.
Ben Cant is a third generation citrus grower, packer, marketer and exporter. He has spent the last 15 years running a modern pack house in his family business, a supplier to both major supermarket chains and export markets. During this time Ben has implemented changes to increase efficiency, out-turns and retail packaging options. He has a broad experience in orchard and packhouse operations, biosecurity and logistics. Ben was previously on the Board of Riversun Export and has a Bachelor of Performing Arts.
Deputy Chair – Independent Director
Greg Dhnaram was appointed as an inaugural Director of Citrus Australia Ltd in 2008.
Greg has 30 years’ experience in all aspects of supermarket retailing including fresh foods through a variety of state and national senior roles with in Woolworths Australia. For the past 10 years he has been a CEO of two verticallyintegrated produce companies, working in domestic and overseas markets. Greg was also a Director Patties Foods Ltd., from 2008 to 2016. During this time Patties was an ASX listed company, with brands such as Four n Twenty, Patties, Nanna’s, & Herbert Adams. The company was sold September 2016.
Greg currently works as a business advocate specialising in strategic planning & category management in domestic and overseas markets.
Greg has a Graduate Certificate in Management, a Diploma in Finance and a Diploma in Business Knowledge.
Tania Chapman has managed a citrus growing business for the past 14 years and provides specialised bookkeeping services to horticulturalists in the Sunraysia region.
Tania holds a diploma of Accounting and advanced diploma in Business management. She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Australian Institute of management.
Tania currently sits on the ACCC Ag consultative committee and is the inaugural chair of Voice of Horticulture.
Tania received the 2012 Victorian RIRDC Rural Woman of the year award and was awarded a 2013 Nuffield scholarship.
Robert has over 40 years’ experience in managing agricultural businesses, involving citrus, livestock and grain. It includes irrigation development and developing export business with the Middle East. Also establishing a 40 Ha citrus orchard and more recently commencing citrus exports to China. His agriculture experience has also involved various positions with NSW Farmers Association and various local community organisations.
Shane Kay is a citrus grower, packer and manager in Western Australia. Shane has been actively involved in Western Australian citrus industry bodies and industry development and is a current Committee member of WA Citrus.
Iain is a former South Australian politician who has held respected roles on industry, Cabinet and Government committees. Iain was elected to the South Australian Parliament in 1993 and retired in 2014 and has held various Ministerial/Shadow Ministerial portfolios including Treasury, Industry & Trade; Industrial Relations and Small Business. Iain served as the Leader of the Opposition as well as a Member of the Murray Darling Basin Ministerial Council. Iain has been a CEO of a food export business and is currently the Chair of the Lenswood Coldstores Cooperative Society. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.