who... management track record

BPAM was formed in 1992 to build on the experience and skills of its shareholders/Directors in investment banking, law, corporate advice, financial services and business management. It has a strong track record of identifying, evaluating and implementing acquisitions and investment opportunities and in managing these investments.

The company has built a reputation for recognising and structuring investments in a number of key industries, including wine, industrial property and caravan parks.

The Directors and key executives of BPAM have an in-depth knowledge of the food and agriculture industry and have more than 100 years of combined experience in making investments in strategic, high growth industries.

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Roger Sexton, AM B.Ec. (Hons), M.Ec., PhD (Econ), FAICD, FAIM, S.F.Fin, C.Univ

Chairman 

Dr Roger Sexton is an investment banker and company director. He holds Doctorate and Master’s Degrees in Economics from North Carolina State University and an Honours Degree (First Class) in Economics from the Flinders University of South Australia.

He was awarded the Bank of Adelaide Prize in Economics in 1970 and the American Agricultural Economics Society Outstanding Doctoral Program Award in 1976.

Roger has extensive experience in the agricultural sector, having completed his secondary education at the Urrbrae Agricultural High School and undertaken tertiary studies in agricultural economics, in addition to finance and business management. On graduation, he worked for the Bureau of Agricultural Economics and was an Executive Director of the Industries Assistance Commission, specialising in rural industries.

Roger has also had extensive experience overseas and particularly in China and the Asia Pacific as a result of leading trade and investment missions to the region for more than 30 years and from working on investment banking transactions in the region.

Roger is Chairman of the Investment Manager, Beston Pacific Asset Management Pty Ltd, Chairman of ASX listed IOOF Holdings Ltd, KeyInvest Ltd, and a Director of IBISWorld. He has served on the Australian Accounting Standards Board and is actively engaged in a number of community organisations, including as Chairman and Principal Patron of the Freemasons Foundation Men’s Health Centre at the University of Adelaide.

Roger has founded and developed the Company over the past three years and will continue to play a key role in driving the growth of the Company.

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Stephen Gerlach, AM LL.B FAICD

Non-Executive Director

Stephen Gerlach is a corporate adviser and company director. He was formerly a Partner and the Managing Partner of Finlaysons Lawyers for 23 years. Stephen is the Chancellor of Flinders University of South Australia.

He was a Director of Santos Limited for over 20 years and was its Chairman from 2001 to 2009.

Stephen has been Chairman of agricultural company Elders Australia Limited and its listed holding company, Futuris Corporation Limited (now known as Elders Limited).

Stephen was a Director of the Australian and International wine company Southcorp Holdings Ltd from 1994 - 2005.

Stephen was also formerly Chairman of Riverland Water, Challenger Listed Investment Ltd, Amdel Ltd, Equatorial Mining Ltd, and a Director of AMP Australia and a number of other listed and unlisted public companies.

Stephen is a director of Beston Pacific Asset Management Pty Ltd.

Stephen is Chairman of Adelaide Capital Partners Pty Ltd and Gerlach Asset Development Pty Ltd. He has also been involved in many State and National Not-for-Profit organisations and Professional Associations and chaired many of them.

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Petrina Coventry B.Ed., M. Phil. (Ethics), MBA, EMBA, FAHRI, FAICD

Independent Non-Executive Director

Petrina Coventry is Industry Professor and Director of Development with the Adelaide University Faculty of Professions and Business School. She previously held Global Vice President roles with the General Electric Company and The Coca Cola Company in the United States and Asia and more recently CHRO with Santos Ltd.

Her experience covers multiple industries including energy, technology, education, fast moving consumer goods and financial services.

Her work in organisational transformation, company performance and governance has led to increased involvement with governments, industry associations and consulting groups across the Asian region.

Petrina is an ethicist by background and completing her PHD with Melbourne University. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Vincent Fairfax Fellow, Fellow of the Australian Human Resource Institute (AHRI) and a Non-Executive Director with the Australian Human Resource Institute and the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP).

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Jim Kouts BA (Journalism), FAICD

Independent Non-Executive Director

Jim has served as a senior executive and non-executive director in major companies in the energy, financial service and business tourism industries and has also held various senior positions in the public sector.

He is currently Chair of Home Start Finance, Senior Executive, GDF SUEZ Australian Energy, Non-Executive Director of Adelaide Convention Bureau and is Strategic Advisor to Adelaide Airport Ltd.

Through his various roles, Jim has gained strong commercial and contract negotiation skills and has a sound grasp of governance, strategy and strategy implementation. These skills, together with his extensive insight of air freight logistics into Asia will be invaluable on the Board.

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Ian McPhee AO PSM B.Bus, B.A, FCPA, FCA

Independent Non-Executive Director

Ian served as the Auditor General of Australia until June 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) degree and a Bachelor of Arts (Computing Studies) degree.

Ian is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

He is currently a Member of the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants and an Adjunct Professor at the College of Business and Economics, Australian National University.

He is the former Deputy Chair of the Australian Accounting Standards Board.

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Catherine Cooper  LLB, GDLP

Independent Non-Executive Director

Catherine holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP).

She has had extensive experience at both management level and at Board level in a wide range of companies and instrumentalities in the agribusiness sector in Australia, including, previously:

  • Senior executive management positions with Fosters Brewing Group, Elders Limited and Futuris Corporation Ltd
  • Chair of SA Fisheries Council
  • Chair of SA Dairy Regulator
  • Directorships at SA Water Corporation, National Agrifoods Skills Council and the National Quarantine Export Advisory Council

and currently;

  • Commissioner, Australian Fisheries Management Authority
  • Chair, Fleurieu Waste Management Authority
  • Director, Australian Egg Corporation Limited

Catherine has enjoyed significant recognition as an industry leader in her field and was a finalist in both the 1997 and 1998 Telstra Business Woman’s Awards. Her experience and expertise in stakeholder engagement across a broad range of industries in the agribusiness sector spans both the public sector and the private sector and has included a strong focus on compliance, risk management and regulatory environments.

She was involved in the establishment of the Elders Rural Bank and has played a key advisory role in the development of food businesses in Australia, and the balancing of complex food safety and health issues against international marketing opportunities.

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RICHARD WILLSON  B.Ac, FCPA, FAICD

Company Secretary

Richard Willson is an accountant with more than 20 years’ experience in public practice and in various financial management and company secretarial roles within the resources and agricultural sectors for both publicly listed and private companies.

Richard has a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of South Australia, is a fellow of CPA Australia, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In addition to his role as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary with Beston Global Food Company Limited, Richard is Company Secretary of ASX listed Aurelia Metals Limited, a Non-Executive Director of ASX listed companies Aus Tin Mining Limited and Crestal Petroleum Limited, and a Non-Executive Director and Company Secretary of the not-for-profit Unity Housing Company.

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the management team

BGFC management team  

Sean Ebert B.Elec.Eng. (Hons), MAICD

Chief Executive

Sean Ebert holds a Bachelor Degree with Honours in Electrical Engineering and has over 20 years of experience in senior executive roles in the food, mining, infrastructure and energy industries.

He has a broad range of international acquisition and divestment experience and most recently was Director for Mergers and Acquisitions with Worley Parsons Ltd. Prior to this role, Sean was Regional Director for Logicamms Ltd, a project based engineering and asset management firm.

He brings a breadth of knowledge of the agribusiness sector, having worked with companies in Australia and overseas in small family owned situations through to large multinational organisations.

He holds a Bachelor Degree with Honours in Electrical Engineering and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Scott Hartwig B.Ac. CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Scott Hartwig has over 25 years of experience in senior Finance and General Management roles in manufacturing and distribution businesses across various industries including both publicly listed and private companies.

He held a number of senior roles at Hills Limited, a value-added distributor of integrated technology and communication solutions, the most recent as General Manager - Mergers & Acquisitions where he led a range of acquisition and divestment activities. Prior to joining Hills, Scott was General Manager and Financial Controller for the Bookwise International and Bookwise Asia businesses representing a significant number of global book publishers.

Through his various roles, Scott has developed strong skills in financial management, operations, and strategy development and implementation. Scott holds a Bachelor of Accounting Degree from the University of South Australia and is a member of CPA Australia.

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ALISTAIR MCFARLANE B.Ag.Sci., MBA, MAppFin., CPV (Bus), CPV (PropDev) AAPI, FFin

General Manager, Asset Development

Alistair holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science Degree from Massey University in New Zealand, a Master of Applied Finance and Investment, an MBA from the University of Adelaide, and numerous post tertiary professional qualifications in financial analysis, property development and corporate finance. He is a qualified valuer and is certified to practice in both Australia and New Zealand.

Alistair has had extensive experience with various entities of the Investment Manager and related entities, having held the position of Senior Corporate Executive of Beston Parks Management Pty Ltd and Senior Corporate Executive of Beston Wine Industry Trust. In these roles, istair led various initiatives to further develop and enhance the returns achieved on assets under management and assisted in analysing negotiating and structuring of new acquisitions.

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DENISE XU B.Com. (Acctg)

General Manager, International Distribution

Denise was born and raised in Wuhan, China and completed her post-secondary studies in Adelaide, South Australia. She holds an accounting degree from the University of Adelaide and has been employed with the Investment Manager in various executive roles for over 7 years, including as Chief Financial Officer.

Denise has gained extensive experience in providing corporate advisory services on behalf of the Investment Manager within China and will play a key role in assisting BGFC to further develop its supply and distribution channels in China on behalf of the BGFC investee companies.

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AL JAWHARI B.Eng. (Aero/Mech) (Hons), MAICD

General Manager Food Systems Technology & Business Development

Al is a Food & Beverage industry expert with more than 15 years’ experience with leading global food and beverage corporates in brands creation, business development, complex business process integration and creating business value through innovation and technology.

He holds a Bachelor Degree with Honours in Aeronautical/Mechanical Engineering and has over 20 years’ experience in creating customer focused and industry specific commercial off the shelf software products for Food Enterprise, Government and Defence. In addition, he has Diplomas in Advanced Management, Software Engineering, and Sales and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He also brings in experience in providing competence within go to market strategy, products commercialisation and partners/distribution channels development in Middle East and North Africa.

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NICHOLAS LEE B.A. (Hons) Accounting & Finance, ACA, AMCT

Financial Controller

Nick was a Manager with KPMG in Leeds, Manchester and Adelaide offices. He is a seasoned finance professional having held senior finance roles in fast growing groups around the world, including Next Plc (UK), Rivergum Homes Group, Bottega Rotolo and Adelaide Equity Partners.

His experience covers multiple industries including financial services, contact centres, residential construction, gourmet food retail, professional services, and charter flight businesses.

Nick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (with Honours) in Accounting & Finance from the University of Leeds (UK), is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, and is also a part qualified Corporate Treasurer after sitting the exams in London in 2005.

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Yvonne Tee BSc (Econs), CFA

Manager Investor Relations & Strategy

Yvonne is an experienced equity research analyst and fund manager who covered multiple industries in the Asia region, including the consumer sector. In these roles, she analysed financial statements of listed companies and liaised with their management team prior to making an equity investment.

She had previously completed a two-years graduate programme at JP Morgan London where she rotated between the Investment Banking and Treasury Services divisions.

Yvonne holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from London School of Economics and subsequently became a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) charterholder.

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BGFC (THAILAND) MANAGEMENT TEAM

Jock Tulloch  

General Manager, Thailand

An Australian national Jock has been working in the FMCG category in Asia for over a decade having worked in sales and marketing as well as setting up distribution and sales channels from scratch during this time.

Jock has a BA in Political Science/International Relations and History from the University of NSW as well as an MA in International Relations from the University of NSW

As the former Strategic Account Manager and now the General Manager for Beston Thailand Jock has been with Beston on the ground in ASEAN since the company listed and is now overseeing an important and critical new phase for the business in Thailand and the ASEAN region

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Manunvadee Sunanot

Marketing Manager

Manunvadee has over 10 years of experience in tore promotion and co-promotion program in addition to Online Marketing for International Food Service Businesses.

She was previously a Marketing Manager at Sanrio Hello Kitty House Bangkok - Dream House (Thailand) Co.,Ltd. and a Marketing Manager at Kyochon Chicken - Kyochon Co.,Ltd. Manunvadee has also worked as an Assistant Marketing Manager at Au Bon Pain - ABP Café (Thailand) Co.,Ltd. and was a Promotion Executive at Ice Cream & Chilled Business Unit - Nestle (Thai) Co.,Ltd.

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BGFC (VIETNAM) MANAGEMENT TEAM

TRINH PHAN

Regional General Manager, Vietnam

Trinh Phan holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the International Trade University in Vietnam and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Ho Chi Minh City Open University and also has a post tertiary qualifications in business management, accounting and business administration.

Trinh was previously Chief Representative in Vietnam for V-Trac (Caterpillar) and Campus Development Manager for RMIT International University, Vietnam and has held Financial Accountant positions with Credit Agricole Indouez and Telstra Telecommunications.

Trinh has wide ranging experience in international trade and consumer markets along with a deep understanding of, and networks in, the Vietnamese economy.

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BGFC (CHINA) MANAGEMENT TEAM

BENJAMIN DING BA

Regional Managing Director, China

Benjamin is an Australian citizen who has lived and worked in Australia for 28 years. He worked in the Dalian Foreign Trade Bureau (a Chinese Government department) before migrating to Melbourne Australia in 1987 where he continued to work as a trade representative for the Dalian Municipal Government.

He established his own company David Glory Group Pty Ltd in 1996 and as a holding company for businesses in Australia, China and Hong Kong involved in seafood, medical supplies & pharmaceuticals, mineral & resources, tourism, architecture and financial investment.

Benjamin has extensive knowledge and experience in trading and investment between China and Australia. He has served as a Director of the Victoria Employers Chamber and as a member of the Australia China Business Council. He is currently a member of the Liaoning Province Political Consulting Community (Lower House) and has a vast network of contacts in the government and private business sectors in China.

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HAIHUI MA (RACHAEL) B.Mgmt., (University of Jilin China)

Executive Director, China

Rachael Ma holds a Bachelors Degree in Management from the University of Jilin China. Rachael worked as administrative officer and office manager at one of the world's top 500 enterprises - China Shipping for nearly ten years.

Rachael joined David Glory Group in 1999 as Deputy General Manager responsible for marketing, education communications, external coordination, and executive management.

Rachael has a rich knowledge of and wide experience in China. She is very familiar with Australian culture and society due to her frequent visits to Australia and living experience in Melbourne and Brisbane and has travelled to America, Europe, South America, Japan, Korea, and many parts of Southeast Asia in her various roles.

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SHI CHEN (CHARLES) B.Arch. (Shenyang Architecture University)

General Manager, China

Charles Chen holds a Bachelor Degree in Architecture majoring in Industrial and Civil Construction. Charles was previously an Architect in a large state-owned architecture design institute. He has also worked in the real estate industry and managed a real estate company in China for many years.

Charles has extensive experience and skill in business negotiations and external coordination, especially in dealing with government and private sectors. Charles has worked as General Manager for an Australian owned company. He visits Australia and United States very frequently for business purpose and familiar with foreign culture. Charles has high level management and marketing skills with an international and strategic vision.

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CATHY CHENG B.Acctg., M.Fin. (UTS), CPA

Chief Financial Officer, China

Cathy is Australian citizen and holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in Accounting and Finance from the University of Technology Sydney. She is a full member of CPA Australia. Cathy was previously Finance Supervisor in one of Australia's largest listed medical group - Primary Health Care.

Cathy has worked in the accounting and finance fields for more than seven years and gained extensive experience in conducting financial analysis and providing accounting advisory services. She also has extensive experience in marketing and promotional activities in the China market.

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