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Foreign Investment

Wednesday 7th May 2014 - 9.00am - 1.00pm

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Philippa Purser
Managing Director, Cargill Australia

Philippa Purser serves as the Managing Director of Cargill Australia and has been in the role since January 2012. Philippa joined Cargill in 1991 and has spent her entire career in the Grain and Oilseed Division. She has held jobs in various areas including trading, marketing, strategy and general management. While she started her career in the UK, she has also worked for Cargill in Argentina, Switzerland and the US before coming to Australia.

Philippa received a Bachelor’s degree in economic history from the Cambridge University.

She was born in Sussex, England.


Peter Tuohey
President of the Victorian Farmers Federation


Peter Tuohey has been a member of the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) for over 25 years, in which during this time he has held 10 formal Executive positions. In April 2012, he was elected President of the VFF having previously held the position of Vice President of the VFF from 2009 – 2012. Peter currently holds the position of Chair of the Farm Business and Regional Development Committee and has also represented Victoria on the NFF Economics Committee and held other positions relevant to catchment planning and regional development in his region.

Peter Tuohey is a fifth-generation grain, wool and prime lamb producer from Pyramid Hill in Victoria. Peter crops approximately 3000ha of cereals and canola each year, he also breeds up to 1000 ewes which form part of his wool growing and prime lamb production system. 


John McKillop
Managing Director AgCAP Pty Ltd

   John McKillop has worked in the agribusiness sector for the past 30 years, ranging from the family farm to some of the largest agricultural companies in the world. John is currently Managing Director of AgCAP Pty Ltd, the manager of the Sustainable Agriculture Fund which operates grain, beef and dairy farms throughout NSW, Victoria and Tasmania, and Cubbie Station, Australia’s largest cotton grower.

From 2007 to 2011 John was Managing Director of Clyde Agriculture, a subsidiary of the UK-based John Swire & Sons. The company had an annual turnover of $65m with $350m in assets. Following an intergenerational change in the management of the parent company, Clyde was largely divested throughout 2010 and 2011.
Prior to Clyde, John worked for Elders as Group General Manager - Strategy as well as Stanbroke Pastoral Company under the ownership of AMP and then the Menegazzo family.

Currently, John is a non-executive Director of Meat & Livestock Australia, the Primary Industries Education Foundation and Dairy Australia. 


Danny Thomas
Regional Director CBRE Agribusiness

   Danny Thomas is the Regional Director of CBRE Agribusiness across Australia and New Zealand and has over 17 years’ experience in property. Danny specialises in compensation for compulsory acquisition, expert witness/litigation support, statutory valuations, and the valuation of specialised and non-specialised pre and post farm-gate agribusiness assets.

Danny and his team have valued some of the largest timberland, pastoral, cropping, horticultural, viticultural, first stage processing and aquaculture assets in Australia. In particular, Danny and his team have undertaken buy-side and sell-side due diligence valuations on major transactions with real values of between $250 million and $1 billion.

Danny has also acted for Government or Landowners on several major infrastructure projects across the eastern seaboard in the last 17 years including the Hume Freeway Project, Victorian Desalination Project, North-South Pipeline, Princes Highway Duplication, Bass Highway Project, Pakenham Bypass, Goulburn Valley Highway Project, Calder Freeway Project, Western Highway Project, Eastlink, Peninsula Link, Geelong Bypass, Citylink, Regional Fast Rail, Dandenong Revitalisation Project, and a range of power line and pipeline projects in urban and rural areas.


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