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GTA Committees

GTA Committees

The Committee structure within GTA allows Members to raise issues that impact on their commercial operations, leading to industry consensus on particular issues such as, trade rules and grain standards.

The Chairman of each Technical Committee is Board appointed according to his or her particular qualifications.  Any Member can nominate themselves or someone else for a position on a GTA Technical Committee and all members can submit issues to the Technical Committees.

All GTA Technical Committees must agree to and abide by:

Charter of the GTA Technical Committees  
GTA Technical Committees Expense Guidelines


GTA Technical Committee Recommendations and Submissions

GTA Technical Committees will from time to time call on Members to submit recommendations on specific industry issues.

GTA also welcomes, throughout the year, Member submissions regarding any other industry issues of relevance to GTA's role in supporting the efficient facilitation of trade across the Australian grain supply chain.

Submissions should be presented to GTA on the following form and forwarded to

GTA Technical Committee - Submission Form


Trade and Market Access Committee

The Trade and Market Access Committee shall make recommendations to the GTA Board on issues relating to:

  • Storage & Handling;
  • Contractual issues (domestic and export);
  • Conduct an advocacy role for the grain industry and statutory organisations on issues of importance to members;
  • GTA education and training issues, specifically those supporting the objectives of this Committee; and
  • Other relevant matters of concern to GTA members and within the area of expertise of the Biotechnology Committee.
Jason CraigChair   (GTA Director)
Lachlan AllenDeputy Chair   (GTA Director)
Luke MathewsGrainGrowers Ltd
Adrian ReginatoCargill Australia Ltd
Richard SimonaitisAEGIC
Andrew HannonViterra
Larissa TaylorGIWA
Rob DickieCBH Group
Ravinesh PrakashADM Trading Australia
Jason ShanleyGrainCorp 
Barry LargeGrain Producers Australia
Rosemary RichardsGTA Consultant
Nick GoddardInvited by GTA, Aust. Oilseeds Fed
Tony RussellInvited by GTA, GIMAF


Commerce Committee

The Commerce Committee shall make recommendations to the GTA Board on issues relating to:

  • Review of and changes or additions to GTA contracts (includes compiling location differentials and other supporting documents);
  • Review of and  changes or additions to the GTA Trade Rules; and
  • Review and management of the GTA arbitration process.
Michael WoodChair  (GTA Director)          
Lyndon AsserDeputy Chair (GTA Director)
Geoff FarnsworthGTA Director
Simon TicknerGTA Director
Darryl BorlaseADM Trading Australia      
Nathan CattleClear Grain Exchange
Simon GellertGlencore Agriculture Pty Ltd
Hannah JansonProfarmer Australia Pty Ltd 
Sam NapierCargill Australia Ltd 
Richard WoodEmerald Grain
Stephen HowellsRidley Agriproducts
Andrew JurgsQAM Inc
Fiona McCredieGrainGrowers Ltd
Luke O'ConnorGrainCorp 
Joshua LawrenceAllied Pinnacle
Shane GaleGrain Producers Australia


Standards Committee

The Standards Committee shall make recommendations to the GTA Board on issues relating to:

  • Review and updates of commodity standards in cooperation with Pulse Australia, Australian Oilseeds Federation and other industry participants;
  • Review of issues relating to quality assurance for GTA Development of protocols for accreditation of laboratories involved in testing to support GTA contracts; and
  • Development of the Industry Codes of Practice.
Rob ImrayChairman  (GTA Director)  
Michelle KerrDeputy Chair  (GTA Director)
Simon TicknerGTA Director
Robert EassieGrain Producers Australia
Jade SaundersViterra
Vince MoroneyCBH Group    
Adrian ReginatoCargill Aust. Ltd   
Luke MathewsGrainGrowers Ltd
Melinda CurwoodEmerald Grain
Marcus DingleReid Stockfeeds
Jason ShanleyGrainCorp
Gerard McMullenGTA Technical Consultant
Paul PanozzoAllied Pinnacle
James SaundersCommodity Inspection Service


Transport, Storage & Ports Committee

The Transport, Storage & Ports Committee is responsible for making recommendations on:

  • Port Terminal and Container Matters; 
  • Transport, Storage and Quality Assurance;
  • Other relevant matters of concern to GTA Members and within the area of expertise of the Transport, Storage & Ports Committee.
Geoff FarnsworthChair (GTA Director)                   
Jason Craig Deputy Chair (GTA Director)
William ThompsonEmerald Grain
Fiona McCredieGrainGrowers Ltd
Craig DennisNetwork Grains
Mark O'BrienGeorge Weston Foods Ltd
Zsolt SzilassyViterra Ltd    
Andrew WeidemannGrain Producers Australia
David SymeGrain Brokers Australia Pty Ltd
Pete ReesPlum Grove
Edward BaylesCargill Australia Ltd
Ashley BurtCHS Broadbent P/L 
Dene LadmoreQuattro Ports
Shaun WilliamsGrainCorp


Plant Breeding Innovation

The Committee for Plant Breeding Innovation is responsible for making recommendations to the Board and industry on the potential effect to commerical activity as a result of the:

  • Planned intentional release of approved GM grain events; or the
  • Unplanned and unintentional release (escape) of unapproved grain events
  • Implications arising from plant breeding innovations
Rob ImrayChair (GTA Director)                   
Lachlan AllenDeputy Chair (GTA Director)
Jason CraigGTA Director
Tristan CoramAustralian Grain Technologies
Lucy DarraghGrainGrowers Ltd
Tanya PittardGrain Producers Australia (GPA)
Rosemary RichardsGTA Consultant
David HudsonInvited by GTA, SGA Solutions
Nick GoddardInvited by GTA, Aust. Oilseeds Fed
Tresslyn WalmsleyInvited by GTA, Wheat Breeders Ref.
Tony RussellInvited by GTA, GIMAF
Bill FullerAust Seed Federation


Information Technology Advisory Committee

The Information Technology Advisory Committee will make recommendations to the GTA Board in relation to:

  • Improving the faciliation of trade through collaboration whilst acknowledging the value of investment, innovation, and differentiation in the competitive process and the faciliation of trade.
  • Identifying risks, gaps, and opportunities for the grains industry from a data and information technology perspective.
  • Identification of opportunities to improve data exchange across the industry and Governments (local and global) to improve efficient faciliation of trade.
Ole HoueChair (GTA Director)
Malcolm FinlaysonDeputy Chair (GTA Director)
Lucy Darragh GrainGrowers Ltd
David HoughtonAgRisk Management Pty Ltd
Dominic DillonCargill Australia
Josh WhitingEmerald Grain Pty Ltd
Mark SloanPlansafe Logistics
Ian Dalgliesh Rise Agri
Scott McClureGrainCorp
Tristan CoramAustralian Grain Technologies
Nathan CattleClear Grain Exchange
Dennis StrydomCBH Grain