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Plum Grove Conference 2015


We took an in-depth look at worldwide trends, key market analysis and information to assist you in making the right decisions for your business.

Tailored specifically for Western Australian Growers and Industry Representatives,
the Plum Grove Conference 2015 key note speaker topics were:

  • The Evolution of the Australian Grain Supply Chain
  • Leadership, Resilience, Strength, Hardship
  • Insights into the Future of the Australian Economy
  • Australia's Place in the World Market
  • Tony Smith's Grain Market Outlook



The Speakers

Matina Jewell

During her 15 year military career, best selling author Matina Jewell tracked down warlords, worked with the US Navy SEALs, fast roped out of helicopters onto ships, and successfully led a UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon where she found herself thrown into the middle of a devastating war.

Matina’s lessons of resilience and leadership have transformed some of the country’s biggest companies and her message of courage continues to empower leaders from all walks of life. Her story has audiences on their feet time and time again. 

With enthralling footage, stories of hardship and valuable learning from her many life-threatening missions, Matina will take you on a journey that will effect long lasting positive change in your leaders, teams and organizations for years to come. 


Stephen Koukoulas

Stephen Koukoulas is one of the most experienced and highly regarded economists in Australia. He has been at the forefront of our economic future from a variety of perspectives - Citibank’s Chief Economist; a writer for the Australian Financial Review; head of global research at TD Securities and most recently, Senior Economic Advisor to the Julia Gillard government. 

Stephen now runs an economic advisory firm, Market Economics. He established the firm in response to the growing need for independent and tailored economic analysis. A popular and high profile commentator, Stephen frequently appears on ABC and Sky TV, in addition to having a regular column in The Australian Financial Review.

Stephen’s crystal clear insights into the future of Australia’s economy and key trends have made him a highly sought after speaker by anyone wanting to know exactly how to stay one step ahead of our ever shifting economy.



Ron Storey - Head of NZX Agribusiness Australia

Ron is a grains industry and marketing professional of more than 30 years. His experience spans from inside the farm gate, through the supply chain, to end user markets internationally.

Formerly a senior marketing executive with AWB, Ron has travelled to most of Australia’s grain markets, has conducted his own consulting business in grain and agribusiness, and is regularly asked to provide independent analysis on industry developments. His current role at NZX involves oversight of the Profarmer, Australian Crop Forecasters and Clear Grain Exchange services in Australia.


Mitch Morison - Managing Director, Injekta Field Systems

Mitch Morison has 20 years of experience in the Australian grain industry across a range of trading and merchandising roles. During 18 years with AWB, Mitch worked in trading and National Pool roles, culminating in management of the company’s Commodity Management Division leading up to and during the deregulation of the export bulk wheat market. Mitch also spent two years with Cargill in Australia overseeing the company’s commercial activities following the acquisition of the AWB business by Cargill.

Mitch served on the Federal Government's expert panel that reviewed contentious aspects of the Australian wheat Industry Good Functions and served as a Director of Grain Trade Australia for three years from 2012 to 2014. Currently, Mitch manages an agricultural inputs business in Australia - Injekta - that focuses on improving soil performance for Australian farmers.


Tony Smith - COO, Plum Grove Pty Ltd

Tony is the founder of Plum Grove Pty Ltd and currently holds the position of Chief Operating Officer. Tony is also an executive director of Plum Grove and Plum Grove’s NSW subsidiary Agrigrain. Tony has been based in agriculture his entire life, growing up on a farm in Goomalling.

Before establishing Plum Grove, Tony held senior trading roles at the AWB. His last role was as the AWB’s Derivatives Manager based in the United States. Tony is highly regarded in the grain industry on a local and international level.



Plum Grove directly connects growers to our shareholders and captures the biggest wheat export markets.



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