Business experts join AGG Co-op board

The Australian Grain Growers’ Co-operative (AGG Co-op) has welcomed directors Susi Tegen and Gary Spiel to its board of directors.


AGG Co-op Chair Mr Richard Konzag said the new board members bring valuable business and governance expertise to the board, joining him and fellow grain growers Jim Heaslip and Jordan Wilksch.


“Our board has always had strong representation of growers, which is why we are able to provide custom designed programs that work for grain growers,” he said.


“Having served our grower community well for the past three seasons, it is of paramount importance that the board critically reviews future product and program development.”


“The business expertise Mr Spiel and Ms Tegen bring to the table means we are now ideally placed to ensure those programs provide the best possible returns to our growers and grower members.”


Mr Spiel has extensive director and executive experience in the global agribusiness sector, with specific expertise in international grain marketing. Gary currently holds a number of directorships in the Agribusiness Agriculture space and past directoships with Suprima Bakeries, Hassad Australia, Zulu Oasis, New World Grain and Five Start Flour Mills, and executive roles with Hassad Food, ABB Grain, AWB and Prima Ltd. Gary has a Bachelor of Business and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Ms Tegen has extensive business and political networks across Federal, State and international domains. Her career experience includes serving as the Chief Executive and Company Secretary for the Medical Technology Association of Australia and the Chief Executive and Company Secretary for the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists. She has been a member of several Government Ministerial Advisory committees including the PIRSA Sheep Advisory Committee and the SA Farmer’s Federation policy committee. Susi was the RIRDC SA Rural Woman of the Year in 2009, received a Telstra SA Business Innovation Award in 2009 and is the co-owner of a cropping and livestock enterprise in South Australia’s South East.


The new board are turning their focus to the upcoming season given only managed program for current season still open is AGG 6Plant (wheat) which was extended for contracting, and CEO Bruce McDonald is encouraging grain grower feedback to keep the co-operative on-track.


“We want growers to continue to see us as an attractive business option and their grain marketing partner of choice,” he said.


“We must ensure that our offerings meet grain grower and member needs in a dynamic and evolving market, and that our stakeholder engagement is first class.”