Staff

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

CEO

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.

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

Future Business Manager

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

Financial Planning and Analysis 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. Alvin is responsible for managing key inputs for the various models, supporting the commercial and finance teams through deep financial analysis. Alvin holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Accounting Sciences and is a member of the South African Institute of Charted Accountants. Email Alvin.

Craig Chester

Head of Group Brands and Regional Manager Asia & Americas

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 Group Quality & Innovation. Regional Manager Middle East & Oceania

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.

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Amy Larking

Legal Counsel

Amy joined APAL September 2017. Amy manages the intellectual property portfolio and provides advice on licensing issues related to APAL’s Pink Lady® commercial business. Email Amy.

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.

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Lisa Malone

Head of Communications and Media

Lisa brings 10 years of experience working with professional services businesses to develop and lead communications and digital marketing strategy, open new markets, drive sales, and lead teams. Lisa joined APAL in September 2018 and is responsible for developing and leading APALs communication strategy to increase visibility with Industry and enhance our traction with Government, exporters, and other key stakeholders. Email Lisa.
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Jeremy Griffith

Head of Government Relations & Advocacy

Jeremy joined APAL in October 2018.

Jeremy has extensive corporate and government experience with a particular focus on Government and Regulatory risk, communication strategy, crisis management and media relations, and a national network of Government contacts. Jeremy will significantly strengthen growers’ voice and representation in Government and corporate negotiations. Jeremy currently works part-time. Email Jeremy.

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Justin Smith

Industry Services & Export Manager

Justin joined APAL in November 2018. Justin has extensive experience in developing greenfields teams and businesses, often operating in some pretty challenging, new markets.

With over a decade of experience in commercial operations management in both FMCG and retail, Justin brings invaluable business savvy to this position and will play a key role in accelerating our export plans for both apples and pears and lifting overall Industry profitability. Email Justin.

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Hui Dang

Data Scientist

Hui joined APAL in November 2018. Hui comes to APAL from a background in data collection for market and social research.

Hui is an expert in managing, collecting, and analysing data across the full spectrum of the apple and pear industry, and will also be involved in data analysis for the global Pink Lady® licensee network. Email Hui.

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Larissa Vaughan

Program Manager

Larissa joined APAL in January 2019, and comes to APAL from a background in association/membership event management.

Larissa has 20 years of event strategy and execution experience in event  manager roles with the Australian Institute of Company Directors, CPA, and the Urban Development Institute of Australia. Email Larissa.