Warakirri Cropping's Board of Directors is a governing board with a diverse group of directors, each of whom bring many years of experience and expertise in their particular field. The Board members are as follows:
Dan Mangelsdorf - Non-Executive Chair
Dan is Chairman of the Warakirri Cropping Trusts, a role he has held since July 2014. He is currently a Non-Executive Director for Warakirri Asset Management and is a board member of GrainCorp Limited. Dan holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics (Hons) from the University of New England and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Dan owns and operates farming interests in New South Wales, and is an experienced company director with agricultural, supply chain, international trade and risk management expertise.
Jim Mckay - Managing Director
Jim was appointed as Managing Director of Warakirri in 2017. Prior to joining Warakirri, he was most recently Head of Distribution for Franklin Templeton Investments, Managing Director of the wealth management division of Challenger, and the CEO of Boss Software International. Jim holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Tasmania, a Post Graduate Degree in Finance and Investments, and an MBA from the Melbourne Business School. Jim is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Graduate of their Company Directors program.
Jane Tongs - Non-executive Director
Jane was appointed as a Non-executive director in 2010. She is chairman of Netwealth Holdings Limited and Lend Lease Australian Prime Property Fund Investors Committee and is a Director of Australian Energy Market Operator Limited, Cromwell Property Group and Catholic Church Insurances. Previously, Jane was a Financial Services and Litigation Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Jane holds an Executive MBA from the Melbourne Business School, a Business degree from RMIT and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Jane is also a member of the Institute of Company Directors.
Warakirri Cropping’s management team are dedicated to exceed our investor’s expectations, whilst developing and supporting our people to ensure a sustainable future.
Adrian Goonan, Head of Agriculture and CEO of Warakirri Cropping and Diversified Agriculture Funds Management
Adrian joined Warakirri in August 2008 as Head of Agribusiness. Adrian holds a Bachelor of Applied Science Project Management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Adrian’s background and blend of professional experience is across three main areas; Agriculture (particularly agricultural investments), Funds Management and Project Management. Adrian commenced his current role in September 2011.
Darcy Gorman, Chief Operating Officer
Darcy was appointed Chief Operating Officer in March 2020 and has been a leading member of the Warakirri Cropping team since June 2015. Prior to joining Warakirri, Darcy worked with Glencore Agriculture (Australia) in the operational side of their Australian broadacre cropping investments. Darcy’s background and passion in agriculture adds to his professional experience in the financial and operational management of farmland investments. Darcy holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Applied Finance (Investment Management) from Kaplan Professional.
Dr Brendan Lynch, Senior Agribusiness Analyst
Brendan joined Warakirri in January 2015 and is a Senior Agribusiness Analyst for Warakirri Cropping. Brendan performs a range of modelling and analytical tasks related to portfolio construction and performance analytics. Brendan has completed a PhD in Agribusiness from the University of Adelaide and a Bachelor of Environmental Management from the University of Queensland. Brendan has significant project management and analytical expertise working in agricultural research, development and extension throughout Australia and abroad in the USA, Europe and Central Asia.