Executive Management Team

Mark Allison

Mark Allison

Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer


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 $1.9 billion.

Tania Foster

Paul Rossiter

Acting Chief Financial Officer

Paul is an experienced finance, accounting and risk management professional in the fields of banking, financial markets and agriculture. He is currently Elders' Group Treasurer. Paul joined Elders in 2004 and has been Group Treasurer since 2012. Prior to joining Elders, Paul worked for employers in the finance sector including Credit Suisse in Sydney and Morgan Stanley in London. Paul is a Certified Practising Accountant, with a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of South Australia, and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA).

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, risk and insurance 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 & Victoria, Riverina

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

Malcolm was appointed Executive General Manager National and Victoria, Riverina in March 2021. Prior to this 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.

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) 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 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.

Olivia Richardson

Olivia Richardson

Executive 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.

Tom Russo

Tom Russo

Executive General Manager Real Estate, Brand and Communications

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.

Liz Ryan

Liz Ryan

Executive General Manager Strategy and Retail

BCom/DipArts, MBA (Cambridge), GAICD

Liz was appointed Executive General Manager Strategy and Retail in March 2021. Liz is responsible for developing and driving the retail business strategy, with focus on growing Elders' market share and capturing gross margin efficiencies through improvements in our end-to-end supply chain model.

Prior to Liz's recent appointment, Liz was General Manager Strategy, Customer and Digital, focussed on customer experience across all channels integrated with digital solutions, 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 and Singapore Airlines.

David Adamson

David Adamson

Executive General Manager Agency & Financial Services

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

David 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.

David 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, David is well positioned to lead product development across all parts of the agency and financial services businesses.

Kiim Lim

Kiim Lim

Executive General Manager Business Development


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.

Her focus is to ensure long-term stable growth through the acquisition of high-quality businesses in strategic areas throughout the network and through the supply chain.

Kiim commenced with Elders in March 2006, and has held various roles with the finance team.

Prior to Elders, Kiim worked with PwC in Malaysia and Adelaide.

Nick Clark

Nick Clark

Executive General Manager Business Improvement


Nick was appointed General Manager Business Improvement in 2019.

He is responsible for supporting the organic growwth porion 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.

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