Support for
Growth

Creating a better future for Australian apple and pear growers,
through industry leadership and commercial advancement.

Management of APAL is overseen by the APAL Board of Directors. The APAL Board comprises six Directors representing each of Australian apple-growing states (Vic, SA, WA, Qld, Tas and NSW), plus a Director for pears, and an independent Chair.

 

Dr. Michele Allan

Dr Michele Allan

Independent Chair
Dr. Allan (BAppSc (Biomedical), MMgmtTec, MCommLaw, DBA, FAICD) is an independent Director appointed in 2014. Dr. Allan is the Chair of both the APAL Board and Remuneration Committee, and is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. Dr Allan is also Chair of the Coregeo Board and holds various other non-executive roles including Chair of Wine Australia, Chancellor ofCharles Sturt University, non-executive director of CSIRO, non-executive director of CRC Food Agility and non-executive director of Food Agribusiness Growth Centre.
Dr. Michele Allan

Chris Fairless

Pear Director
Mr. Fairless was appointed to the Board on 21 October 2016 representing Australian pear growers. Chris is a well-known member of the apple and pear industry, commencing his career with the Fairless Group of Companies where he was Managing Director and oversaw operations of orchards, cold storage, logistics and transport in both Victoria and Tasmania. Present responsibilities include advisory and Executive and Non-Executive Board positions including membership of Australian Institute Company Directors, previous roles include President of the Shepparton Fruit Growers Association and the Apple & Pear Growers Association of Australia. Chris has worked closely with national retailers and has a sound knowledge of the entire supply chain through past and present roles with Geoffrey Thompson Fruit Packaging Co Pty Ltd, Radevski Cool Stores, National Fresh a division of the Costa Group and warehouse and logistics provider Kyabram Cold Storage.
Dr. Michele Allan

Giuseppe ‘Joe’ Ceravolo

South Australia Director
Mr. Ceravolo is an apple grower from South Australia and has been a Director since 2015. Giuseppe, better known as Joe, is a director of Ceravolo Orchards and a third-generation orchardist who joined the family business in 1992 after completing a Mechanical Engineering Degree at Adelaide University. He manages several orchards owned by the family across the Adelaide Hills, mainly focusing on more than a hundred hectares of apples and ten hectares of cherries. Joe is also a director of the family’s juicing company, Ashton Valley Fresh, as well as being a director of Ashton Co-operative Society.
Dr. Michele Allan

Greg Mouat

New South Wales Director
Mr. Mouat is an apple grower from New South Wales and has worked within the apple and pear industry for more than 30 years. Mr. Mouat has been a Director since 2011. He has also been a member of APAL’s Finance, Auditand Risk Committee since September 2013. Greg is a second-generation orchardist from Batlow, New South Wales. He grows Fuji, Pink Lady®, Red Gala Strains and Kanzi® apples on his 10 hectare property. In addition, Greg manages a roadside fruit shop and pick your own cherry sales. He is a Director of Batlow Fruit Company, is a member of the NSW Farmers Association and has been a Rotarian for more than 40 years.
Dr. Michele Allan

Kevin Sanders

Victoria Director
Mr. Sanders is an apple grower from Victoria and has worked within the apple and pear industry for more than 48 years. Mr. Sanders has been a Director since 2002. Kevin is a third-generation orchardist who, with his two brothers, grows 42 hectares of apples in Victoria’s Yarra Valley. Kevin is an active member of the apple and pear industry. He is a former member of the Victorian Apple and Pear Growers Council, a current member of Gippsland Fruit and sits on the Melbourne Water committee for stream diversions. Kevin was awarded the Victorian DPI Science Award Innovation in Agriculture / Hugh McKay award in 2010. Kevin is also a lecturer at Melbourne University.
Dr. Michele Allan

Paul Good

Western Australia Director
Mr. Good is formerly an apple grower from Western Australia and was appointed a Director in 2015. From 2007 until 2019 Paul managed operations, retail trade and market development at Newton Orchards in Manjimup, Western Australia and is currently in the role of Southwest Regional Manager with Alterra Ltd, an ASX listed agricultural land and water asset management company. Paul holds a Bachelor of Business degree and has a background in Austrade and corporate agricultural companies (Wesfarmers Landmark, Consolidated Pastoral Company and Milne Feeds Group).
Dr. Michele Allan

Rosa Savio

Queensland Director
Mrs. Savio is from Queensland and is part of the Savio family farming business where she manages quality assurance, financial management, marketing and part of the production and packing teams. She became a Director of APAL in November 2013. The Savio orchard is in the top 10 percent of apple producers in Queensland. The Savio’s have heavily invested in risk mitigation (hail netting, water storage) and have a modern and efficient cold storage and packing facility. The Savio’s have heavily invested in club varieties Jazz® Envy® Smitten® and Ambrosia®. The Savio’s have recently developed a new product called Upple® which is a whole apple in a bottle. Rosie has completed a 3-day AICD course and is a continuing member of AICD
Dr. Michele Allan

Scott Price

Tasmania Director
Mr. Price has been a Director since 2011 and is a current member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. Scott has been involved in the apple and pear industry for 43 years, originally with Calvert Bros and currently as Production Manager for R&R Smith. Mr. Price gained an Associate Diploma of Business in Agriculture in 1990.He was the Inaugural President of the Young Tasmanian Fruit Growers’ Association (YTFGA) 1993-94 and was awarded the Silver Apple in 2001. He was Chairman of the Tasmanian Quality Fruit Group from 1997-99 and is a member of the Apple Research Advisory Committee. Scott became an APAL Director in December 2011 and is currently also the Chairman of Fruit Growers Tasmania, and was Chair of APFIP until absorption into APAL in FY2021.
Dr. Michele Allan

Reg Weine

Independent Director
Reg Weine (BBus, GAICD, CPM) joined APAL as a Non-Executive Director on March 1, 2020. Reg has 25 plus years’ experience in agri-food and fast-moving consumables, including 10 years as Managing Director/CEO. Reg is the Chairman of Longtable Group (ASX:LON) that owns the Maggie Beer, Paris Creek Farm and St David Dairy brands.  Prior to joining Longtable, Reg was the Managing Director of SPC, Australia’s largest fruit processor. Before joining SPC Reg was Chief Executive Officer at Bulla Dairy Foods, Australia’s largest privately-owned dairy business. In 2014 Bulla received the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW – Presidents Medal as “Australia’s Food Producer of the Year.” Reg is also on the Board of the Starlight Children’s Foundation and is Chair of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. Reg is a past Board Member of the Australia Food & Grocery Council (AFGC) and Chair of the AFGC’s Sustainability Committee. Reg has a B. Bus from Monash University, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and is a Certified Practising Marketer with the Australian Marketing Institute.
Dr. Michele Allan

Jake Norris

Tasmania Director
Jake Norris has been CEO of Hansen Orchards since 2016, leading a fourth-generation, vertically integrated family business of growers, packers and marketers.  Prior to his role at Hansen Orchards, Jake worked with professional services firm KPMG where he advised businesses from multiple sectors, from large to small, and he brings strong financial experience to his work as CEO of Tasmania’s largest apple and cherry producer. Jake understands all levels of the supply chain across multiple produce categories. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (University of Tasmania) and Grad Dip of Accounting (Deakin University).  Jake also sits on the Tasmanian Regional Council of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand (CAANZ). 
Dr. Michele Allan

Mark Scott

Western Australia Director
Mark Scott is a director of Nannup Fresh Fruit Pty Ltd, farming in the Blackwood River valley close to Nannup 280km south of Perth with his family. Mark has worked in the horticulture industry since 1992, including a season in the USA, and has been in industry advocacy roles since 1996. In 2015, Mark became a committee member of PomeWest – the representative and research and marketing body for apple and pear growers in Western Australia. Mark chaired PomeWest for nearly 3 years. His farm is a diverse operation, including apples, pears, stone fruit and some other niche products. The orchard is a balance of licensed varieties, including Kanzi and Bravo as well as high density plantings of Gala, Granny and Pink Lady clones.
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