Our CEO

Tress Walmsley was appointed as the InterGrain CEO in August 2012. Having joined the business at inception, Tress has played an integral role in governance, developing operating systems and building the company’s commercial platform.

Tress has over 15 years of agribusiness experience, along the way gaining a wealth of knowledge in commercial plant breeding operations with a strong understanding of the technical drivers required for success in the grains industry.

Prior to working for InterGrain, Tress spent over ten years with DAFWA in a variety of roles including grains commercialisation officer and TOPCROP State Coordinator. Tress is a member of Barley Australia, Wheat Classification Council and the Grains Industry Association WA wheat committee. In 2015, Tress was the RIRDC Western Australian Rural Woman. 

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Our CFO

Troy Keenan joined InterGrain as Chief Financial Officer in 2012. He is primarily responsible for the financial management of the company while also leading the operations and administrative functions.

Prior to InterGrain, Troy had gained broad commercial experience in accounting, marketing and business development across diverse industries, including FMCG at Nestle Australia, within agriculture at United Farmer’s Co-operative, and IP commercialisation at RIAS Technologies.

Troy is a graduate of the AICD and a member of CPA Australia.

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Our Breeders

David Moody

David Moody

National Barley Breeder

Prior to joining InterGrain, David worked for the Department of Primary Industries in Victoria both as a barley breeder (1992 – 2006) and a cereal research scientist (2008 – 2010) based at Horsham. David also spent a period of time (2006 – 2008) working as a research manager with the Birchip Cropping Group.

David’s most previous role was in the management of the DPI cereal genetics group at Horsham where his main research interests were the genetics of physiological traits influencing barley’s adaptation to stress environments. His other responsibilities included the studies on the genetics and utilisation of primary synthetic wheats in wheat germplasm improvement and the evaluation of transgenic wheats for drought tolerance. David has a B. Ag. Sc (Hons) degree from the University of Adelaide.

Dr Hannah Robinson

Dr Hannah Robinson

National Early Generation Barley Breeder

Hannah is the early-generation barley breeder at InterGrain, having joined the company upon the completion of her research in 2017. Hannah holds a PhD in barley genetics from the University of Queensland, as well as an Honours degree in Plant Science from the Australian National University in collaboration with CSIRO. Her research focused on improved understanding of the genetics controlling the barley root system, as well as the potential role of roots in improved yield stability under water-limited conditions.

In her role at InterGrain, Hannah focuses predominately on the early stages of variety development, from crossing through to the generation of almost genetically fixed lines. In addition, she engages with researchers throughout Australia and across the globe to incorporate new technology and up-to-date research into InterGrain’s barley breeding program.

Dr Daniel Mullan

Dr Daniel Mullan

National Wheat Breeder

Dan is InterGrain’s Senior wheat breeder. Having joined the team in 2010, he has contributed to the release of nine wheat varieties (Devil, Vixen, Kinsei, Sheriff CL Plus, Ninja, Chief CL Plus, Zen, Supreme and Impress CL Plus). He specialises in developing yield stability in marginal environments, udon noodle quality and market development, cereal chemistry and new wheat product opportunities.

He leads the development of varieties with superior yield potential and stability for Australia and a global leading udon noodle breeding program. Emphasis is placed on developing and maintaining durable resistance to yellow leaf spot, septoria and the three rusts and improvements in functional end-product quality. To achieve this combination of targets the program has integrated a quantum leap in the availability of molecular marker technologies and selection approaches through its research linkages, along with the latest in physiological approaches and agronomic assessment. He maintains a position at the University of Western Australia and as an editor of Agronomy journal.

Dr Mullan is responsible for joint oversight of the company’s wheat pre-breeding, phenomics and marker research collaborations, pathology research and development and germplasm introductions and evaluation. Dan continues to develop a close working relationship with technicians, researchers, breeders and management groups across Australia and the global plant breeding community.

Prior to joining InterGrain, Dan worked at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), based in Mexico. During his time (2008 – 2010) at the institute he focused on wheat physiology and was the lead investigator in a GCP funded project targeting the genetic dissection of drought and heat adaptive mechanisms in bread and durum wheat. Previous to this, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship at CSIRO, Canberra, where he was the durum pre-breeder (2006 – 2008). In his role, he focused on the integration of drought tolerance traits into locally adapted germplasm. Dan has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (1st class Hons) and a PhD in molecular genetics and plant breeding from the University of Western Australia.

Dr Allan Rattey

Dr Allan Rattey

National Early Generation Wheat Breeder

Dr Allan Rattey is the national early generation wheat breeder at InterGrain.

Before joining the company in 2018, Allan worked with Dow AgroSciences as the lead wheat breeder in Australia, where he oversaw the company’s national plant breeding structure and science. He was also accountable for Dow’s Southern Breeding Node – The Australian wheat breeding program.

As a wheat breeder Allan has actively pursued his keen interest in leveraging technology applied in global crops, including corn and soybeans, and successfully implemented several synergistic strategies within Australian wheat breeding. Allan has also contributed significantly to local research, particularly with his involvement in sponsored genomic research at AVR.

Prior to joining Dow, Allan worked with CSIRO as the national gateway breeder and trait pre-breeder, and has also spent time at BSES as a sugarcane breeder in Northern Queensland. Allan holds a Bachelor of Science, and a PhD in Quantitative Genetics from the University of Queensland.

Dr. Jayfred Godoy

Dr. Jayfred Godoy

TECHNOLOGY CEREAL BREEDER

As InterGrain’s technology cereal breeder, Jayfred leads the implementation of modern phenomic and genomic technologies in the wheat and barley breeding pipelines. He is actively involved in collaborative projects with leading Australian research institutions to upscale InterGrain’s genotyping capacity and optimize phenotyping efficiency.

Before joining InterGrain in 2018, Jayfred was a Postdoctoral Researcher in winter wheat breeding at Washington State University (USA). His research projects included genomic prediction and association genetic studies on wheat grain quality, agronomic traits and spectral reflectance indices. Jayfred also worked on the application of various high-throughput phenotyping platforms in variety development.

Jayfred holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Visayas State University (Philippines), MS in Agronomy from Kansas State University (USA) and PhD in Crop Science (Plant Breeding and Genetics) from Washington State University (USA).

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Our Board

Ian Brown

Ian Brown

Chairman

Ian Brown joined the InterGrain board in June 2014. 

Ian is a successful entrepreneur with global commercial experience across industries. He has taken various early-stage science and technology projects and new business model projects and created successful businesses. 

Ian is passionate about helping people discover and pursue new commercial opportunities and creating a step-change. He does this by using frameworks to create a plan to enable the projects to come to life, while de-risking and becoming investor-ready. 

Ian is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD and a Facilitator of the CSIRO ON Accelerate program. He has an MBA and is an FAICD. Ian is also a professional non-executive director. He is currently Chairman of REX Ortho (orthopaedic surgical devices) and Omni Innovation (medical nutrition products), Non-executive Director of InterGrain (grain seed products), Chairman of Perth Angels (angel investor group), Deputy Chairman of Activ Foundation (disability services group) and Strategic Advisor to the Energy Pipelines Collaborative Research Centre.

Ian has lived and worked in London, Milan, Gothenburg, Melbourne and Perth and has worked on significant projects in the USA, Asia and Japan.

Julie Cox

Julie Cox

Julie Cox has expertise in finance, mergers & acquisitions and strategy and a passion for building sustainable business models that serve stakeholders and respond to market opportunities.

She has over 35 years executive experience, most recently as General Manager – Business Development for Craig Mostyn Group for six years. The Group is a major agribusiness with operations across Australia and she was responsible for the mergers & acquisitions strategy and execution that expanded into new product areas and doubled the earnings of the group during that period.

Prior to 2012, Julie had a 30 year career with PricewaterhouseCoopers specialising in M&A, business valuation, financial evaluation and strategy. She worked across a range of sectors including agriculture and food production, financial services and resources.

Julie is now a non-executive director and consultant.  She is currently on the boards of Westpork Pty Ltd (and chair of the Audit and Risk Committee), Western Australian Meat Industry Authority (Deputy Chair and chair of the Audit and Risk Committee) and 360 Health and Community Limited (chair of the Strategy Working Group and member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Nominations and Governance Committee). Julie has previously served on boards in the disability and arts sectors, including Activ Foundation Inc.

She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Chris Bazley

Chris Bazley

Chris Bazley joined the InterGrain board in December 2017, bringing with him a plethora of experience as a former senior executive in the Australian grains industry, and more recently, an accomplished board career.

Formerly the Managing Director of Pacific Seeds, Chris successfully pioneered new seed varieties while overseeing extensive R&D, production and management of stock, and the marketing of seed varieties both domestically and internationally. Concurrently, he continued to improve the company’s market share and commercial success, while also earning the business an Employer of Choice award. Since stepping away from Pacific Seed in 2010,

Chris has gone on to hold multiple board positions. He has served as a board member on the University of Queensland Gatton Advisory Committee, is Chairman of the Board at Clifton Community Health Services, and serves on the University of Southern Queensland Council, where he is Chairman of the Finance and Facilities Committee, as well as serving on the Member Audit, Chancellor’s, and Remuneration Committees.

Chris is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is an inaugural trustee at Queensland Crop Research Limited.

Karlie Mucjanko

Karlie Mucjanko

Karlie is a strategic communications specialist with experience in managing brands and reputations, complex stakeholder relationships and communications. 

She has 20 years’ experience spanning industry advocacy, marketing & public relations, publishing and research and development.

Karlie joined Australia’s largest agribusiness, the CBH Group in 2005 where she subsequently spent almost a decade as General Manager Grower and External Relations working directly with grain growing producers, their rural communities and CBH’s many other stakeholders.

Karlie has established a communications consultancy, is currently the Deputy Chair of the Western Australian Regional Development Trust, a Director of Fremantle Ports, serves as a Board member of the Guildford Grammar School Foundation and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.