Meet APAL’s staff of dedicated professionals delivering services to Australia’s apple and pear growers and across the industry. Contact APAL staff, join us on APAL’s Facebook page, follow us on APAL’s Twitter account or subscribe to our e-news services.

Philip Turnbull


Philip brings a strong commercial understanding and growing background to APAL. He is familiar with the apple and pear industry, as both an APAL Director and an industry member. He comes from a growing family and knows the challenges and opportunities of the industry.

Philip has worked in marketing with Pacific Brands Food Group and Nestlé Dairy Products, managing a number of iconic Australian brands. More recently, he was Managing Director of his family business, Turnbull Estate Pty Ltd, an online gift retail and real estate gifting solutions business. Philip became the APAL Director for pears in 2006, Independent Director for APAL in 2015 and APAL CEO in 2016. Email Phil.

Nikki K Wood

Executive Assistant to CEO and Board

Nikki joined APAL in March 2015 and provides executive support to the CEO and Board as well as administrative assistance across APAL. Email Nikki.

Andrew Hooke

Director Global Development

Andrew joined APAL in October 2017 and has worked across food, IT, manufacturing, marketing and international trade sectors for companies both locally and internationally.

Andrew is responsible for growing APAL’s commercial business globally and opening up opportunities for growers to reap the benefits of emerging brand and export markets. Email Andrew.

Angus Crawford

Technical Manager

Angus joined APAL in May 2014. He oversees APAL’s technical projects and provides his agronomic support to growers. Email Angus.

Alison Barber

Manager Communications & Media

Alison joined APAL in September 2014 after two decades in rural media.

Alison is responsible for Communications and Media including keeping growers up to date on the latest industry, R&D and marketing developments via the website, the weekly e-newsletter Industry Juice, and the Australian Fruitgrower magazine, and manages media relations. Email Alison.

Richelle Zealley

Manager Events and Sponsorship

Richelle joined APAL in 2012 and currently works part-time. She is responsible for managing APAL’s participation in national horticulture events. She also provides oversight and communications-related support and previously managed content on the APAL website, in Australian Fruitgrower magazine, e-newsletter Industry Juice, media relations and social media engagement.

Email Richelle or connect on LinkedIn.

Beth Schofield

Chief Financial Officer

Beth joined APAL in 2017 and is a finance professional with experience across various disciplines in both professional practice and industry. She holds a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University, a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. Beth currently works part-time. Email Beth.

Alvin Kee

Strategic & Systems Implementation Manager

Alvin joined APAL in June 2017 to assist us in bringing together a number of strategic systems projects to underpin our commercial division and improve our accounting systems. Email Alvin.

Craig Chester

Head of Commercial & Brand Development

Craig Chester joined APAL in June 2015. Craig’s priority is finding ways for our partners to leverage higher value from the Pink Lady™ and other associated APAL brands, and developing commercial brand strategy for new and emerging markets. Email Craig.

Andrew Mandemaker

Head of Global Quality and Innovation

Andrew Mandemaker joined APAL in August 2016. Andrew is responsible for management of the quality, food safety and innovation of the global Pink Lady® brand and management of Pink Lady Australia.  He also manages promotion of apple and pear exports and commercialisation of new varieties. Andrew has previously worked in technical roles with the Fresh Produce Group, Coles Supermarkets and the New Zealand Avocado Industry Council. Educated as a Plant Physiologist, Andrew brings a wealth of post-harvest quality and quality control system experience to APAL. Email Andrew.

Alex Wisdom

Communications Coordinator

Alex Wisdom joined APAL in July 2018 from a background in Communications and Content Creation. Alex is responsible for general assistance with Media and Communications including the website, Industry Juice, and Australian Fruitgrower magazine. Email Alex.