Executive Management Team

Mark Allison

Mark Allison

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer

BAgrSc, BEcon, GDM, FAICD, AMP (HBS)

Mr Allison joined Elders Limited as a Non-Executive Director in December 2009, served as Chairman and Executive Chairman, before being appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer in May 2014.

Mark’s 40-year agribusiness career spans technical, manufacturing, supply and distribution roles and businesses. Previous roles include Managing Director/ CEO of GrainGrowers Limited, Jeminex Limited, Farmoz Pty Ltd, Wesfarmers Landmark Limited, Wesfarmers CSBP Limited, CropCare Australasia Pty Ltd and General Manager of Incitec Fertilisers. Mark is currently Chair of Agribusiness Australia, AuctionsPlus, the Agriculture and Natural Resources End-User Advisory Board of the SmartSat CRC, the Agrifood and Wine Advisory Board of Adelaide University, a Non-Executive Director of GrainGrowers Limited and a member of the Rabobank Food and Agriculture Advisory Board.

Mark oversaw the development and implementation of Elders’ Eight Point Plan in 2014, which returned the company to pure play agribusiness and resulted in the first shareholder distribution in nearly a decade. Since 2014 Elders has grown from a market capitalisation of $50 million to $1.8 billion.

Tania Foster

Tania Foster

Chief Financial Officer

BComm, MBA (Melbourne), FCA, GAICD

Tania was appointed Chief Financial Officer in May 2021.

Tania has more than 30 years of experience across numerous regions and industries, including mining, manufacturing, accounting, transport, engineering, utilities, payments and banking. She holds a Masters of Business Administration, Bachelor of Commerce, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Tania has spent the last 21 years working in Financial Services in a broad range of roles, including Finance, Product and Sales Management, Transformation, Data and Operations.

Prior to joining Elders Tania spent 11 years at NAB, where she has most recently held the role of Executive, CFO for Business and Private Banking

Tania has strong ties to the agricultural sector, having grown up on a sheep and cattle property at Casterton in Western Victoria and remains actively involved in owning and managing rural properties

Tania also brings experience of running regional banking territories at ANZ. This background gives Tania insight into the needs of Elders’ customers and Australian farmers more generally

Peter Hastings

Peter Hastings

Company Secretary & General Counsel

BA, LLB, GDLP, FGIA, Grad Dip Applied Corporate Governance, GAICD

Peter was appointed Elders’ Company Secretary and General Counsel in 2010. He has responsibility for the Company’s legal and compliance, company secretarial and risk functions. Peter was an integral member of the Elders’ team that worked hard to protect shareholder interests through many years of financial distress and which, subsequently, has successfully implemented stabilisation, and now growth strategies. Peter has nearly three decades of experience gained in legal and governance roles with Elders, other in-house legal positions and in private and government legal practice.

Malcolm Hunt

Malcolm Hunt

Executive General Manager National & VIC/RIV

GCM, SMDP (AGSM), Wool Classer, Licensed RE Agent VIC, NSW, TAS, ACT

Malcolm was recently appointed Executive General Manager National in addition to his role of State General Manager Victoria & Riverina. Prior to his recent appointment, Malcolm was Zone General Manager South, where he led a key business unit that has played a significant role in Elders’ resurgence and has continued to expand the Elders footprint, whilst assisting producers increase the productivity and profitability of their businesses. Malcom has close to 40 years of agricultural experience under his belt as a wool broker, stock & station agent and network manager.

Olivia Richardson

Olivia Richardson

General Manager People Culture & Safety

BMgmt (Hons), GAICD

Olivia was appointed General Manager People and Culture in 2018, with the Safety function included in her portfolio from 1 October 2020. Olivia’s priorities include maintaining an engaged and enabled workforce, investment in learning and development programs, creating a diverse and inclusive workforce, building on the pride in the pink shirt and driving a zero harm workplace. Having been with Elders for 13 years, she is well acquainted with Elders people, appreciating that they are loyal and committed to doing the best for their communities. Notable achievements include refreshing the learning and development framework to ensure people are equipped with the relevant skills and technical expertise to do their job; and the refresh of our Employee Value Proposition aimed at promoting Elders as a great place to work to drive retention and attraction of high calibre staff. Prior to Elders, Olivia has worked across Human Resources in FMCG, Financial Services and Telecommunications throughout Australia, the UK and Europe.

David Adamson

David Adamson

General Manager Agency & Financial Services

MBus (Acct), BAgBus, GAICD, Cert Pastoral Production – Longreach Pastoral College

Dave was appointed General Manager Agency in 2014, with Financial Services included in his portfolio from 2019. He is responsible for product strategy and implementation across the livestock, wool, grain and financial services product suite. Dave sits on the boards of our joint venture partners Elders Insurance and Clear Grain Exchange. With a background in agricultural production, agri finance and operations, Dave is well positioned to lead product development across all parts of the agency and financial services businesses.

Liz Ryan

Liz Ryan

Executive General Manager Strategy Retail and Customer

BCom/DipArts, MBA (Cambridge), GAICD

Liz was appointed Executive General Manager Strategy, Retail and Customer in 2021. She is responsible for providing a clear focus on Elders retail business with dedicated attention to the customer experience across all channels integrated with marketing and strategy.

Liz joined Elders in 2016, as General Manager Financial Services, and during her tenure in this role she led the Rural Bank contract renegotiation, StockCo and Elders Insurance equity acquisitions and the Livestock in Transit delivery warranty launch. Financial Services contribution to Elders earnings has grown significantly during this period. Prior to Elders, Liz worked in the management consulting sector and across strategy and business development roles at General Electric.

Kiim Lim

Kiim Lim

General Manager Business Development

BCom, CPA , GAICD

Kiim was appointed General Manager Business Development in 2018. She has successfully led the completion and integration of many acquisitions underpinning the growth of Elders, including Australian Independent Rural Retailers (AIRR), Titan AG, Livestock and Wool in Transit delivery warranty and various retail, agency and real estate bolt-ons. Kiim commenced with Elders in March 2006, and has held various roles with the finance team.

Tom Russo

Tom Russo

General Manager Real Estate

LLB (Hons), BA, Grad Dip LP, Dip Prop Serv (Agency Mgt)

Tom was appointed General Manager Real Estate in 2016. Since assuming responsibility for the real estate product, Tom has focused on building the capability of the product team to deliver outstanding support to the real estate business and establish a foundation upon which to grow it. The team has created a compelling attraction and retention proposition by vastly improving the marketing, digital strategy, training capability and transaction support. Tom has also established himself as a leading transaction adviser in the farmland investment space. Tom previously played a pivotal role in devising and implementing the turnaround strategy for Elders, including executing a number of large and complex divestment initiatives. Prior to Elders, Tom was the Chief Executive of a specialist international law firm and practiced as a corporate lawyer with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, complex contractual projects, corporate governance and intellectual property.

Nick Clark

Nick Clark

General Manager Business Improvement

BCom, CA, GAICD

Nick is the General Manager Business Improvement and he is responsible for delivering the year on year organic growth portion of Elders stated 5-10% EBIT growth through the cycles at 15% return on capital. Nick’s current priorities are capturing more gross margin in Rural Products through optimised pricing, backward integration and supply chain efficiency. He also has responsibility for the Company’s sustainability function, both building on the wide range of activities we already do, and developing an industry leading authentic sustainability program and outcomes. Having been with Elders since 2010 in a variety of Finance roles, Nick’s experience ensures that the business maintains unflinching financial discipline and a commitment to cost and capital efficiency.

Viv Da Ros

Viv Da Ros

Chief Information Officer

MBA (Manchester), MPM, GAIDC

Viv was appointed to the position of CIO in February 2021 and is responsible for leading the technology/business transformation program at Elders – a multi-year change program that will see the introduction of modern technologies to simplify and enhance interactions with our customer base through traditional and digital channels.

In addition to his CIO remit, Thomas Elder Institute (TEI), Thomas Elder Markets (TEM) and Thomas Elder Consulting (TEC), also report into Viv.  With the emergence of the ag-tech space, there are many implications and opportunities for Elders and our customers.   Moving the TEI, TEM and TEC services into the CIO portfolio allows us to take a broader view of this space and incorporate viable opportunities into our technology roadmap.

Viv’s 30 years of experience includes senior leadership positions in Australia, Asia and Europe, predominantly in the retail sector with the AS Watson Group, Tesco, KPMG and Dairy Farm International.  More recently Viv spent 4 years running the technology and digital functions for Caltex Australia, based out of Sydney.

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