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GIWA announces new Chair

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WA Grains Industry Strategy 2025+

A $10 Billion Vision for the Future: WA Grains Industry Strategy 2025+ Following the fourth ..

GIWA Staff

Larissa Taylor - Chief Executive Officer 

Larissa Taylor started her career in the corporate sector in management consulting with McKinsey & Co, moved to a consulting & research role with Dutch agribusiness bank Rabobank, and subsequently worked in executive development, business development and community development roles with the UWA Business School and BHP Billiton Iron Ore before joining the Grain Industry Association of WA in 2014.Originally from a farming community in the Great Southern of WA, Larissa has lived and worked in Canberra, Sydney, Houston, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Perth.

Larissa holds a BA (Asian Studies) from ANU, an MBA from the AGSM, UNSW, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and the Australia Indonesia Business Council.


Ian Longson - Policy and Business Development

Ian Longson is currently providing policy and business development services to GIWA. Prior to June 2009 he was on the Executive team of the Department of Agriculture from 1995 to 2004, finishing up as Director General of the Western Australian Department of Agriculture and Food for five years from 2004 to 2009.

Prior to joining DAFWA, Ian was senior consultant and manager of the Perth Office of ACIL Consulting (now ACIL Tasman) and has also worked for the Dairy Industry Authority of Western Australia, the Asian Development Bank and early in his career as an extension adviser with the Western Australian Department of Agriculture in the South West.

Ian holds a bachelor degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Western Australia and a masters degree in agricultural marketing from the University of Guelph in Canada.


Rachel Nash - Marketing and Communications Manager

Rachel Nash joined GIWA in November 2015 with over 15 years’ experience in marketing, events and communications. Having spent 12 years at a mid-tier accounting firm, Rachel completed a BA (Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations) in 2013 then spent two years with Fortescue Metals Group, including living and working in the Pilbara for a year.

Rachel has worked as a freelance consultant with a range of different industries and has extensive experience organising events, marketing and communications solutions for a wide range of audiences.


Katie Clarke - Finance and Administration Manager

Katie Clarke recently joined the GIWA team as Administration and Finance Manager, replacing previous manager, Merrill Dalgleish. Prior to joining GIWA, Katie joined the Elders Banking team in Esperance in 2012 as a District Banking Officer, and commenced as Agri Finance Manager in March 2016. Prior to Elders, Katie has worked with CBH Group and RSM Bird Cameron.

Katie completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at The University of Western Australia and comes from a family farming background in the Central Wheatbelt of Western Australia.


Dr Manjusha Thorpe - Executive Officer, AGI Capacity Building Project

Dr Manjusha Thorpe commenced as the Executive Officer for the AGI Capacity Building Project in January 2015.  Manjusha has spent 15 years working in engineering, project management and consulting roles in a range of industries, including the fertiliser and agricultural processing industries. Most recently Manjusha completed her PhD on identifying the knowledge, skills and training that enable the scale up and commercialisation of new technologies.

Throughout her secondary and tertiary education Manjusha carried out projects and conducted field trials on heating, drying and refrigerating stored grains.  Manjusha has lived and worked in Australia, the UK, Japan, Indonesia and Singapore and is applying her abilities and experience to building workforce capacity in the grains industry in WA.


Grant Taylor - Communications Officer, AGI Capacity Building Project

Originally from Sydney, Grant began his career in the media in 2010, applying his trade as a writer and content producer at Seven West Media. More recently, he headed up the marketing for a rapidly succeeding startup in the property sector, before relocating to Perth early 2017.

Inspired to join an industry driven by potential and innovation, Grant is excited to help raise awareness of the untapped career opportunities within the grain industry, and sees himself as an ambassador for the notion that there is an exciting career path for anyone (even those from beachside Sydney) in grain.


Dr Shyamala Vishnumohan, Consultant Pulses

Shyamala Vishnumohan is a Food Scientist and a registered Nutritionist, passionate about real, honest and nutritious foods.  She moved from South India to Australia in 2003 as a recipient of the highly competitive International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS). Her educational background includes a Masters in Food and Nutrition (PSG college of Arts and Science, India) and a PhD in Food Science and Technology (University of New South Wales, Sydney). Her research background encompasses the areas of food science, nutrition, biochemistry and functional food product development to tackle chronic health conditions like diabetes and obesity.

Her career highlight was in 2011 when she took on a role as the Food Science Project Officer for Coorow Seeds, one of the key growers and processors of lupins in Western Australia. In 2016, she was appointed as a consultant to work with the Grain Industry Association of WA (GIWA) on the ‘PASE’ Lupins as Food project to support small lupin exporters in Western Australia (WA) to evolve their market entry strategy for the Middle East. She is also an Adjunct Associate lecturer at UNSW.


Annabelle Bushell - Executive Officer, Grower Group Alliance

Annabelle Bushell commenced with the GGA Project in February 2017 as Executive Officer. Annabelle’s passion for rural and regional communities has mixed farming origins from a family property in the Avon Valley, a formative component to her diverse career. She has a Bachelor of Science with Honours and has worked with pastoralists and land managers, researchers, growers and natural resource management professionals and is a key collaborator across science, community and industry to develop and drive new initiatives.

After completing a Masters studying local food systems across Europe, she returned home and relocated to Queensland where she worked with the horticulture supply chain.

Having returned home to WA and bringing her community & stakeholder engagement, commercial acumen and industry collaboration skills, she is keen to support and sustain the networks that build the intellectual and social capital of our regional communities.


Megan Cechner - Stakeholder and Communications Manager, Grower Group Alliance

Megan joined the Grower Group Alliance in July 2017 following an extensive background in journalism, public relations, corporate communications and marketing in the agriculture industry.

After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Megan took on a role as a journalist in Moora before relocating to Melbourne to work in public relations, communications and marketing for companies including Incitec Pivot Fertilisers, Nufarm, Pacific Seeds and Adama.

Having returned to Perth in 2015, Megan worked as a journalist with Farm Weekly before taking on the role as Stakeholder and Communications Manager with the GGA.

Megan is a passionate advocate for the agriculture industry - so much so she is currently growing lupins and lentils in her suburban backyard.