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 Mangelsdorf is Chairman of the Warakirri Cropping Trusts, a role he has held since July 2014. In addition to his role with Warakirri, Dan is also a board member of Graincorp, where he chairs the Business Risk Committee and is a member of the Board Audit Committee. 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 joined Warakirri in the role of Managing Director in March 2017, with over 25 years’ experience across the financial services industry. Prior to joining Warakirri, Jim was Head of Distribution for Franklin Templeton Investments, Managing Director of the wealth management division of Challenger, the CEO of Boss Software International, and Head of Distribution for ING Investment Management and a member of their Asian Leadership Team. Jim has a Bachelor of Economics, a Post Graduate Degree in Finance and Investments, and an MBA from the Melbourne Business School at the University of Melbourne. Jim is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Graduate of their Company Directors program. Jim is also a member of the investment committees of two charitable institutions.
Jane Tongs - Non-executive Director
Jane is a Non-executive director and has held the position since 2010. Jane is a corporate adviser. 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. Jane has 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. Jane has over 20 years’ experience as a senior executive and company director in both private and government owned infrastructure, funds management, insurance and property businesses. Previously, Jane was a Financial Services Litigation Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
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, CEO Warakirri Cropping & 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.
Peter Morrison, Commercial Manager
Peter holds a Diploma of Applied Science in Agriculture, a Master of Business Administration (Agribusiness Management) and a Graduate Diploma in Financial Management. Peter has a blend of experience including dryland and irrigated crop agronomy, strategic planning and business and project management - most recently with the Grains Research and Development Corporation and the Twynam Agricultural Group. Peter joined Warakirri in August 2015.
Darcy Gorman, Operations Manager
Darcy joined Warakirri in July 2015 with 6 years’ experience as Procurement & Operations Manager at Glencore Land (Australia) Pty Ltd. Darcy’s background and passion in agriculture lies across a range of industries, and adds to his professional experience in the financial, technical and operational management of crop production systems. Darcy holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and Masters of Applied Finance (Investment Management).
Brendan Lynch, Agribusiness Analyst
Brendan joined Warakirri in January 2015 as an Agribusiness Analyst. He has a Bachelor of Environmental Management from the University of Queensland and is currently finalising his PhD in Agribusiness with CSIRO and the University of Adelaide. 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 – most recently with the World Bank.