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Our Team

Senior Management Team

Andrew Young, Executive Chairman, Managing Director

B. Arts, GAICD

Andrew has over 20 years experience in senior management roles in the Australian grains industry, covering international grain trading, corporate strategy and mergers and acquisitions. Andrew previously held roles including General Manager Strategy and Business Development at the CBH Group, General Manager of AgraCorp and Managing Director Agribusiness for Melbourne-based financial group Austock.

Andrew in his capacity as Managing Director is responsible for corporate strategy and governance.

Tony Smith, Chief Operating Officer & Director

B.Sc (Agric) 2A Hons, GAICD

Tony is the founder of Plum Grove Pty Ltd and currently holds the position of Chief Operating Officer. Tony is also an executive director of Plum Grove and Plum Grove’s NSW subsidiary Agrigrain. Tony has been based in agriculture his entire life, growing up on a farm in Goomalling.

Before establishing Plum Grove, Tony held senior trading roles at the AWB. His last role was as the AWB’s Derivatives manager based in the United States.

Ashley Bacon, Operations Manager

B.Sc. (Agric) Hons, MBA, GAICD

Ashley joined Plum Grove in 2007 after working for 11 years in Agricultural Research. Ashley comes from a wheat and sheep farming background in Cunderdin.

At Plum Grove, his role is multi-faceted with responsibility for coordinating the company’s Information Technology, Human Resources, AFSL Compliance and General Operations. 

General Manager, Rikki Foss

Communications and Marketing Manager B. Agribusiness (Marketing)

Rikki comes from a mixed grain and livestock farming family in Bruce Rock.  She has extensive experience in the agricultural industry and working with people.

She has previously worked in the grain industry with Grain Pool and the CBH Group as a Regional Manager. Before taking on a role at Plum Grove, Rikki worked at ANZ in the Regional Commercial Division.


Kate Rebeiro, Company Secretary B.Bus, CA

Kate joined Plum Grove in October 2011. Kate is a Chartered Accountant who has gained experience in the industry through previous roles held within the CBH Group. Kate is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. 


 Cash Trading, Pool & Logistics Team

Tracey Vaughan, Wheat and Derivatives Trader B.Com (Banking and Commercial Law)

Tracey’s family hail from Frankland where they farm mixed grain and livestock. She joins the team at Plum Grove from an equities dealer where she assisted in capital raisings and client relations. Prior to this, Tracey was the Export Logistics Officer at CBH Grain in Perth and Grain Services Administrator at CBH Grain in Melbourne.

Her role at Plum Grove involves track transfer management, co-ordination of shipping contract documents and assisting with general cash and pool products.


Hayley HobbsBusiness, Shipping & Support Manager B.Arts (Comms)

Hayley joined the Plum Grove team full time in 2014 after 3 seasons of working as the harvest casual. Prior to relocating to Perth for university, Hayley lived in Geraldton and has a background as a grain consulting assistant. Her role at Plum Grove involves FOB contract execution and management of track transfers, some pool products, cash contracting and payments.   


Flossie D'souza, Business, Shipping & Support Manager B.Com (Finance and International Business)

Flossie has worked with leading multinational corporations across Australia, New Zealand and the UAE. Prior to joining Plum Grove in late 2015, Flossie was with Mitsui for over 10 years in their Food (Grain) Division looking after Australian Grain exports. At Plum Grove Flossie manages Mitsui’s domestic & export contract management, shipment logistics and executions to Japan, Korea and S.E. Asian Markets.


Grower & Consultant Services

Pete Rees, Grower & Consultant Relationships Manager B.Sc (NRM) Hons.

Pete joined Plum Grove in June 2014 after working in grain accumulation at GrainCorp.  He spent several years in agronomy and agricultural research prior to entering grain marketing and really enjoys dealing with farmers.

Pete is responsible for our grower and consultant relations and leads the Grower Services team.



Finance and Compliance Team

Eric Tomlinson, Company Accountant B.Sc (Hons), ACA

A graduate chartered accountant with experience in WA agribusiness services since 1998. Eric formerly worked in public practice in both Australia and England and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. Eric is responsible for the day to day financial operations of the business


Aaron Dolin, Risk and Compliance Officer B.Com

Aaron joined the Plum Grove team as a graduate trader.  He is now our Risk and Compliance Officer. Previously Aaron spent several years in various industries with a focus on retail and logistics management. During this time Aaron has completed a Bachelor of Commerce and hails from the South West of WA.  


Moi Tjin Tjhin, Accountant

Moi Tjin joined Plum Grove in 2015; her extensive knowledge of our business comes from her previous experience working in Jakarta for a range of businesses under Salim Group, a Plum Grove shareholder.


Melissa Ricci, Bookkeeper

The newest member of the Plum Grove team, Melissa joined Plum Grove in 2015 after 22 years in the Residential Construction industry.



Office Manager and Executive Assistant

Shiela Gould, Office Manager and Executive Assistant

Shiela joined the Plum Grove family in May 2011. Her experience, primarily in export and bulk shipping execution comes from working with the CBH Group for 5 years. Since returning from maternity leave she worked in Human Resources and Compliance. Currently Shiela is our Office Manager and Executive Assistant to Mr Andrew Young and Mr Tony Smith.



Human Resources

Rachel Emer, Human Resources and Health & Safety Manager

Rachel joined the Plum Grove team in 2017. 

Rachel’s early career was spent in the forestry and timber industry across NSW, WA and the NT.  She has extensive experience in agriculture, mining, manufacturing and financial services sectors in both the HR and WHS fields. 


Information Technology

Ben Smith, Senior Application Developer

Ben builds and maintains Plum Grove’s software and website. He's worked for a wide variety of organisations over the last fifteen years, before joining Plum Grove in February 2012.


Linda Lilburne, Application Developer

Linda has over 30 years experience working in the Information Technology sector. During this time, Linda has gained extensive experience in project leadership, systems analysis, design, development, and implementation of business application systems.

Professional. Innovative. Reliable.


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