Our Team


Lloyd Neilsen

- CEO & Export Manager

Elneilsen@beangrowers.com.au

Lloyd Neilsen was appointed as CEO of Bean Growers Australia in 2008 after commencing in the role of Marketing Manager in 2001. Lloyd has more than 20 years experience in the Grains and Pulse industries and currently is on the Board of Soy Australia.

Having grown up on the land, Lloyd considers the growers to be the foundation that Bean Growers Australia is built upon and is proactive in the development of grower products and services.

As manager of Export Sales, Lloyd is responsible for the development of the company’s international trade and risk management strategies and is actively developing relationships with customers in key geographic locations around the globe.

Lloyd attributes much of Bean Growers Australia’s success to being the direct supply chain link between growers and our export and domestic customers.

Lloyd is also a member of our Workplace Health and Safety Committee as well as our HACCP Team.


Christina Radcliffe-Smith

- Export Coordinator
 

E: cradcliffe@beangrowers.com.au 

Christina Radcliffe-Smith joined our Export Department in 2017. The Export Department is critical in ensuring that all importing country and customer requirements are met - a complex and highly detailed process.

Christina also works closely with the Product and Production departments to ensure that the appropriate products are available for shipping.

 

Grower Services Department


Lee Moller

- Seed Production Coordinator

P: 0407 034 021
E: lmoller@beangrowers.com.au

Lee Moller has been with the Bean Growers Australia team since 2010 and brings sixteen years of experience in farm management and crop production. For the past eight years Lee has been managing an irrigated, mixed cropping enterprise in Central Queensland, specialising in seed crop production.

This role saw Lee win the Inaugural National Australian Mungbean Association Grower of the Year Award for his excellence in Mungbean crop production and marketing. Lee has extensive experience with many crops including Mungbeans, Navy Beans, Black Eyed Peas, Millet, Pasture Grasses, Chickpeas and more.

Lee is also a member of our Workplace Health and Safety Committee.


Position Open

Grower Services Representative

This could be you! We are currently advertising to fill this position.

A challenging and rewarding full time career opportunity is available with Bean Growers Australia to provide on-going support to their growers and expand their well-established grower network.

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate:

·         Successful Agricultural experience or relevant tertiary qualifications

·         The proven ability to self-manage and work autonomously

·         Ambition and self-motivation with the energy to expand business

·         Excellent communication and relationship building skills in the rural sector

·         Proven sales and customer service skills

·         Sound computer skills with special emphasis on MS Excel

·         A willingness to travel out of area for on-farm visitations (30% of time reqs)

·         Flexibility and able to adapt to changing market demands

To apply with resume, or to request additional information, please e-mail em@burnett.net.au or enquiries may be directed to Employment Matters on 0429 000 139.

 

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Kellie Dugdell

- Grower Services Officer

P: (07) 41 62 61 13
E: kdugdell@beangrowers.com.au

Kellie Dugdell joined Bean Growers Australia in 2017. Having started in our Product Department, Kellie moved into our Accumulation Department to provide grower services as our Accumulation Administrator.

 


Sales & Product Group

Stuart Ruthven

- National Sales Manager

P: 0436 012 864 (Domestic Sales Enquiries) 
E: sruthven@beangrowers.com.au 

Having grown up on farms in the UK, Stuart gained a good knowledge and exposure to farming from a young age; based in the east of England, in the county of Suffolk. His family farmed mostly cereal crops and sugar beet, which was refined into sugar.

In March 2012 Stuart moved to Australia, with his wife Leigh, who is from Lismore, Northern NSW.

As a passionate and motivated sales professional Stuart has 12 years’ experience selling to the Wholesale, Grocery, Garden and Hardware Industries.  With his proven track record of continually exceeding sales revenue and profitability targets, as well as assisting clients in achieving business growth objectives Stuart is a great asset to our team.

Stuart has a BA (Hons) Business Degree, which he completed in England, and additionally he has taken on further professional qualifications such as; Key Account Management and professional presentation skills training.


Shane Lougheed

- Product Manager

P: (07) 41 62 11 00
E: slougheed@beangrowers.com.au

Since joining Bean Growers Australia in 2012, Shane Lougheed has applied his decades of experience in business management and systems design to create a food safety and quality assurance program that has received consistently high outcomes. As Product Manager Shane leads a team that matches our diverse range of products to customer expectations, from intake of raw materials through to delivery of packaged goods.

The Product Group includes grower services, product development, customer service, dispatch operations and food safety/ quality assurance.

Shane's family has been farming in the region for over a century, and he now lives on his family farm, which once grew corn, soy and navy beans.

Shane is also a member of our Workplace Health and Safety Committee as well as our HACCP Team.


Amanda Watterson

- Customer Service Supervisor

E: awatterson@beangrowers.com.au

Since joining Bean Growers Australia in 2007 Amanda Watterson has worked in various roles, all which contributed to her current position as Customer Service Supervisor.

Amanda oversees all aspects of customer service including order interpretation, contract management and working with the Product Manager to ensure that the correct products are matched to the customers specific requirements.


Position Open

Customer Service Officer

This could be you! We are currently advertising to fill this position.

A full time, permanent opportunity is available in Kingaroy for an administration person to assist with all aspects of customer service and sales support.

The main duties will include:

·         Administrate all aspects of order processing

·         Fulfilling orders from initial call to invoicing

·         Generating sales from existing customers

·         Providing support to Sales Manager

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate:

·         Strong data entry and Excel skills

·         A high level of attention to detail

·         High level of written and verbal communication skills

·         Previous experience in a high demand, fast paced workplace

·         Prior customer service experience

Applications with current resume should be e-mailed to em@burnett.net.au or enquiries may be directed to Employment Matters on 0429 000 139.

 

Ashleigh Green

- Dispatch Operations Administrator

P: (07) 41 62 61 09
E: agreen@beangrowers.com.au

Since 2016 Ashleigh Green has been co-ordinating our dispatch operations working closely with our, sales group, logistics partners and dispatch operators.


Courtney Upton

- Food Safety and Quality Assurance Office

P: (07) 41 62 61 17
E: cupton@beangrowers.com.au 

Courtney Upton joined Bean Growers Australia in 2016 after a career in compliance and safety.

Courtney oversees our Food Safety and Quality programs ensuring that our finished product matches or beats quality expectations while maintaining that all of our systems produces food that is safe as it is healthy. Courtney also leads our HACCP Team.


Production Department

Peter Carstairs

- Production Manager

P: 0427 649 170
E: pcarstairs@beangrowers.com.au

Peter Carstairs joined Bean Growers Australia in 2009 and brings over 20 years of food manufacturing experience to his position as Production Manager.

Peter leads his team in all aspects of production from intake logistics to packaging and warehouse management.

Peter also acts as the Chairman of our Workplace Health and Safety Committee as well as directing our infrastructure engineering and preventative maintenance. Peter is an Authorized Officer of the Department of Agriculture and a member of our HACCP Team.


Luke Worrall

- Production Foreman

P: 0448 090 441

E: lworrall@beangrowers.com.au 

Luke Worrall, trained in Lean Manufacturing and HACCP, brings years of manufacturing experience to his role as Production Foreman. Luke oversees all aspect of production, providing guidance and oversight to our staff.


Mandy Evans

- Production Administrator

E: mevans@beangrowers.com.au

 

Andrew Gallimore

- Maintenance Foreman

E: agallimore@beangrowers.com.au

Andrew Gallimore leads our team of engineers to ensure our preventative maintenance and infrastructure development is results in the most efficient and safe use of our plant and equipment. Andrew brings decades of design experience to the role.

Andrew is also a member of our Workplace Health and Safety Committee and HACCP Team.


Jack Gibbs

- Bagging Supervisor

E: jgibbs@beangrowers.com.au

Jack Gibbs leads our packaging operations to ensure that our products are presented in a manner that best represents our quality. Our packaging department is critical in ensuring our bags are the correct weight, and that the product travels through our metal detection system immediately prior to reaching the bag.]

Jack also directly supervises our container loading process.

Jack is an Authorized Officer of the Department of Agriculture, trained in HACCP and is a member of our HACCP Team.


Nathan Shaw

- Pest Management Officer

E: nshaw@beangrowers.com.au

As a licensed Pest Technician Nathan Shaw oversees our pest management system. Nathan ensures that our program is effective and complies with all safety and regulatory requirements.

 

Finance & Administration

Rebecca Williams

- Finance Manager

E: rwilliams@beangrowers.com.au

 

Katrina Usher

- Company Secretary and Payroll Officer

E: kusher@beangrowers.com.au

 

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Rhonda Harvey

- Receptionist/Accounts Payable Clerk

E: rharvey@beangrowers.com.au