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GTA Board

Andrew Goyder


Andrew Goyder was appointed to the GTA Board in August 2014 as a Level C Director.  Andrew is a Member of the Board’s Membership & AGIC Committees and an Approved GTA Arbitrator.

He has over 20 years industry experience encompassing grain production, the seed industry and the trade. Previous roles include Regional Manager Southern WA with Grain Pool WA and involvement in the seed industry and export canola industry with SGB Australia. 

Andrew is currently Managing Director of Grain Link WA, established in September 1999.   Prior to GTA Andrew has a history of representative Committee and Director roles in the West Australian industry including NACMA, CBH and GIWA. 


Simon Gellert

Director - Ordinary Level A

Originally from a family farm in Western Victoria, Simon started his career in the Australian grains industry in 2006 and has held various roles in accumulation, logistics and domestic and international trading.  Simon is currently the Grains Trading Manager for Viterra in Australia and New Zealand and has been a member of their Executive team since 2019. Actively involved in various industry groups with a strong focus on wheat, Simon previously sat on the WQA Wheat Council and is a current member of the GIWA Wheat Council since 2018, as well as being a continuous member of the GTA Commerce Committee since 2015.

Richard Perkins

Director - Ordinary Level B

Richard Perkins has been working in the Australian grains industry for a range of Australian and international trading companies for over 20 years. Richard hails from Walgett in Northern NSW and began his career with Agracom before moving to Melbourne with a European company managing the export trading of grains and oilseeds. He then helped set up the Australian trading arm of US Based Co-op CHS where he finished as the Trading Manager before moving to Market Check where he oversaw the grower advisory team and growth strategy of the business. Richard is currently the Managing Director of Greenoaks Agriculture, a grain marketing consultant and broker working with a range of participants along the grain supply chain.


Richard has a Bachelor in Agricultural Systems, a Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.


Ole Houe

Director - Ordinary Level B

Ole Houe was appointed to the Board in October 2016 as an Ordinary Level B Director. He is a member of the GTA Trade & Market Access Committee.

Ole is currently the Director of Advisory Services at IKON Commodities Pty Ltd.

Ole Houe has been involved in International Trading for more than 20 years in a number of different roles in Grain, Sugar and Steel.

Ole has been a member of the GTA commerce committee, a GTA arbitrator and a director of Barley Australia.

He is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).

BA in Economics from Denmark, a BA in International Business from London, a Masters of Applied Finance from Kaplan and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management, Sydney.


Michelle Kerr

Director - Ordinary Level C & Deputy Chair

Michelle Kerr was appointed to the GTA Board in October 2018 as a Level C Director.  Michelle is an Approved GTA Arbitrator and is currently the Deputy Chair of the Board and Chair of the GTA Standards Committee. 

Michelle Kerr has been employed at Riordan Grain Services since 2004 where she currently works as an Assitant to MD. Riordan Grain Services is a vertically integrated business with a large grower base, fleet of trucks, storage, container packing and mobile bulk loading facilities providing her with experience across the entire customer supply chain.

Michelle is a current member of the advisory board for the Riordan Group Pty Ltd, a former committee member and former treasurer of the Grains Industry Association of Victoria (GIAV).

Matthew Kelly

Director - Merchant Association

Matthew is the CEO and a Director of KM WM Kelly & Sons a four generational grain merchant and storage family business based in the Southern Riverina of NSW. He has been involved in the grains industry for over 25 years and held a wide range of positions from Grower Accumulation, Storage, Logistics and Trading.

He has had a long involvement with the GTA Technical committee for Transport, Storage & Ports and is a GTA arbitrator and previous president of Grains NSW.   

Rob Imray

Director - Merchant Association

Rob Imray was appointed to the GTA Board in October 2013 as a Merchant Association Director. He is a Chair of the Audit, Finance & Remuneration and  Deputy Chair of Standards Committee.

Rob is the Managing Director of Farmarco Australia having held a number of roles there throughout his career following a background in rural accounting and the sugar industry. 

Away from GTA, Rob is a Director of Cotton Compass and currently President of Queensland Agricultural Merchants (QAM) Inc.

B. Business, Grad. Dip. Acct. Master of Business

Michael Wood

Director - Merchant Association & Deputy Chair

Michael has been an active member of the Australian Grains Industry for 30 years.

He is the Managing Director of Melbourne-based grain trading and logistics company, Rural Logic.

Founding Manager (1990) of Stockfeed company James & Son for 10 years. Aust Barley Board Victorian State Manager (5 years) and Grains Manager IMCA Malting Company (2005/2006).

Former President of Grains Industry Association of Victoria and has remained on the Committee since 2005

Diploma Applied Science (Agriculture)  

Geoff Farnsworth

Director - Special Qualifications (Legal)

Geoff Farnsworth was appointed to the GTA Board in October 2002 as a Director with Special Qualifications.  He is currently a  Chair of the Dispute Resolution Service Committee and a Member of the Governance and Membership Committees.

Geoff is a Partner at the law firm Holding Redlich where he practices in commercial, disputes and regulatory matters for clients involved with Transport, Agribusiness and Energy and Resources.

He holds a position on the GTA Commerce and GTA Transport, Storage and Ports Technical Committees, acts as Legal Counsel to GTA and is a Director of the Australian Logistics Council.

B. Law, B. Arts  

Simon Tickner

Director - Special Qualifications (Production Sector)

Simon Tickner was appointed to the GTA Board in October 2018 as a Special Qualifications Director. Simon sits on the GTA Commerce Committee & GTA Standards Committee. 

Simon is the owner of a dry land, broad acre grain farming enterprise, Yellow Grain Pty Ltd based in the Wimmera, Victoria. The business has a strong focus on the grain supply chain, specifically around the production, storage and marketing of cereals, pulses, oilseeds and fodder. Simon has extensive knowledge of modern agronomic production systems, which focus on profit, risk management and sustainability, operating in a highly variable climate. 

Simon chairs the South East Australia Barley Advisory Council and is a former Deputy Chair of the Wimmera Economic Development Association. 

Master of Agribuisness, University of Melbourne, GAICD


Brianna Peake

Director - Ordinary Level A

Brianna has a strong affiliation with the agriculture and regional development sectors, growing up in the wheatbelt of Western Australia, and with over 20 years’ experience in the industry.

She is currently the Chief of Stakeholder Relations, Sustainability and Strategy at the CBH Group; Australia’s largest grain exporter and grower owned co-operative, with a supply chain that spans the grain growing regions of Western Australia. In this role she is manages the Group’s reputation and relationships with its grower members, Government, industry and the communities in which it operates, as well as the Group’s sustainability and strategy portfolios.

She is an alumni of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program, Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation and holds a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management and a Graduate Certificate in Corporate Finance.

She is also a Commissioner on the Lotterywest Board and a General Councillor of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA.