Mr Oliver Barnes
Mr Barnes holds a balanced skillset of commercial, technical and financial expertise accumulated from a wide range of agricultural development initiatives executed in Australia, Sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Europe.
He is well versed in realising value from agricultural development opportunities, understands the WA agricultural industry and has extensive experience in improving agribusiness management. For the 4 years prior to joining Alterra Mr Barnes was Chief Operating Officer of WA Sandalwood Plantations. Based in the Middle East between 2008-2012 he: advised on agricultural investment in emerging markets; set up Miro Forestry one of West Africa’s largest plantation forestry businesses; and facilitated over US$70m of investment into the African agricultural sector. Having grown up in the horticultural hub of rural Kenya he graduated from the University of London with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business Management in 2002.
Mr Trevor Stoney
Mr Stoney brings cumulative knowledge, acumen and relationships from more than 50 years in agribusiness. From 1962 until a sale in 2009, he managed numerous large-scale family-owned mixed farming enterprises across the Western Australian and Victorian agricultural zones. Mr Stoney is also a founding director of an innovative renewable energy business based in Perth and has active interest and investments in agriculture.
Mr Andrew McBain
Mr McBain is passionate about Australian agribusiness and founded Alterra in 2008, and over his career raised over $100 million for various agricultural and mineral related projects.
Previously, Mr McBain was a founding director of ASX listed mineral exploration companies Scimitar Resources Ltd (now Cauldron Energy Ltd) and Rumble Resources Ltd (including Managing Director) as well as founder and Managing Director of AACL, a grain production, finance and marketing business that was sold to a major international grain trading company. With a reputation for innovation and developing talented people, Mr McBain has experience in start-ups, ASX listings, capital raisings, investor relations and corporate compliance. His experience is complemented by competencies including business management, strategic thinking and business development. Mr McBain is a member of the AICD.
Mr John Palermo
Mr Palermo is a Chartered Accountant with over 22 years’ experience in public practice and corporate accounting with areas of expertise including corporate transaction execution, strategic business management and business structuring.
Mr Palermo is a partner of Palermo Chartered Accountants which specialises in advising corporate and high net worth clients in Western Australia. He is a Board Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Member of the Governance Institute of Australia, and Board Member of the Royal Perth Hospital Medical Research Foundation. He is formerly a Board Member of Lifeline WA and the National Trust of Western Australia.
Mr Brett Heather
Chief Operating & Technical Officer
Mr Heather is an agribusiness executive with over 17 years’ experience working internationally in the fresh produce supply chain covering production, post-harvest management and retail engagement.
His experience includes working in countries including Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Israel, Morocco, Egypt, US, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand on supply chains to service an extremely customer focused environment supplying UK retailers, and managing horticultural programs and strategies for the commercial rollout of genetics across numerous high value crops.
Mr Heather holds a Bachelor of Agribusiness Horticulture (Honours) from Curtin University WA with an exchange year at the University of London.
Mr Anthony Fitzgerald
Chief Commercial Officer and Company Secretary
Has over 35 years’ experience in the operational and financial management of agribusinesses including large scale animal production, land conservation projects, farmer networks, and grain marketing pools.
For the 5 years prior to the transfer of Alterra’s carbon business to ACCUAM and Carbon Conscious Investments Ltd Mr Fitzgerald lead the Alterra internal and external teams that managed compliance with the Carbon Farming Initiative Act to generate Australian Carbon Credits, drove a commercial focus into managing the 30 properties (21M trees on 18,000 Ha), and developed the science and IP that supported the business. At Alterra he maintains executive management and Co-Sec responsibilities and holds: a Bachelor of Agribusiness (Hons); an AFMA Post-Grad Diploma in Financial Services, and is a member and AICD program graduate.
Mr John Poynton AO
Chair of Advisory Board
Mr Poynton is a Director of the Future Fund Board of Guardians (Australia’s sovereign wealth fund) and Crown Resorts Limited. He is also the Chair of Strike Energy Limited, Sapien Cyber Ltd and Jindalee Partners. Previously, Mr Poynton has served as Chair, Deputy Chair or Non-Executive Director of a number of ASX Listed companies, Federal Government boards, and education institutions. These include the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation, the Payments System Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Business School at the University of Western Australia.
In the not for profit area, Mr Poynton is Chair of Giving West, and was previously the Chair of the Council of Christ Church Grammar School (2014 – 2018) and a member of the Board of the Security Research Institute at Edith Cowan University. Mr Poynton is an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia and is a past recipient of a Western Australian Citizen of the Year Award in the Industry and Commerce category. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and an honorary Doctor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia. He is a life member and Senior Fellow of FINSIA and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management.
Mr Tyson Bennett
Mr Bennett is a horticultural expert specialising in the outperformance of high value tree crops through the systematic enhancement of plant physiology and the use of plant growth regulators. Mr Bennett is the principal of privately-owned Perth based Chemicals Direct Pty Ltd, which is a world class supplier of proprietary plant growth regulators (AuStar™ and UniStar™) and canopy management services to leading producers in Australia and 21 other countries.
Chemicals Direct delivers canopy management products and services via regional headquarters in Australia, Brazil, India, Kenya, Mexico and South Africa. Chemicals Direct owns proprietary technology and systems currently used in the management of over 32,000 hectares of avocados, mangos, stone fruit, citrus, table grapes and other permanent crops by some of the world’s largest horticultural producers. Mr Bennett adds significant inhouse execution capabilities and expands Alterra’s industry network as the Company progresses a pipeline of development opportunities and continues to seek to offer investors access to best in class management.