Board of Directors

PETER BENDER

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Background
  • Founder of Huon with over 28 years’ experience in fish farming operations
  • Peter is responsible for the leadership, operations and strategic direction of Huon and has always been committed to delivering high quality salmon that is raised responsibly.
    He sets business strategy and leads the executive team to deliver growth
  • He is well recognised for farming innovation both in Australia and internationally and his extensive knowledge of aquaculture coupled with a strong continuous improvement ethic is the foundation on which Huon’s success is built
  • Peter was born into a Tasmanian business family with farming and agribusiness interest and has a strong background in land-based farm management. The principles that guide land-based farming of keeping the stock well-fed, stress-free and healthy are the central tenets that Peter has successfully transferred to aquaculture
  • He was named E&Y’s Entrepreneur of the Year in the Retail, Consumer and Industrial Products category within the Southern Region division (CY2007)
Former roles
  • Prior to founding Huon, Peter established with a partner the largest trellised apricot orchard in Tasmania and ran several other small businesses
Other current directorships
  • Peter is also a director of the TSGA and Salmon Enterprises of Tasmania Pty Ltd

FRANCES BENDER

Executive Director

Background
  • Founder of Huon with over 30 years’ experience in fish farming operations
  • Frances provides Huon a leading voice in both local, national and international industry, regulatory and stakeholder forums. She was a keynote speaker at the 2014 World Aquaculture Forum in Adelaide and led the industry’s response to the (former) Federal Government’s Biosecurity Bill
  • She is passionate about the community, community support and capacity building for the regions in which Huon operate, demonstrated though the implementation of the Company’s “Helping Hand” community grants program
  • Frances has been instrumental in the design of the Huon brand and its marketing direction and will continue to be responsible for these areas after ASX listing
  • She has also fulfilled various roles with Huon from payroll, HR, accounts and customer service and continues to provide active leadership and guidance in these areas
  • Frances was nominated in the Pride of Australia Medal’s environment category in 2014
  • She was also voted Tasmanian RIRDC Rural Woman of the Year in 2001
  • Frances was awarded Centenary Medal for service to agribusiness and community in 2001
Other current directorships
  • Currently an alternate director for TSGA
Former directorships and committees
  • Board member of Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Industry
  • Member of the Huon Valley Economic Development Advisory Committee
  • Member of Huon Valley Council Rural Health Advisory Committee
  • Member of Tasmanian Food Industry Council
  • Member of Tasmanian Regional Reference Group – South

NEIL KEARNEY

Non-Executive Chairman

Background
  • Neil has significant leadership experience in major Australian and international food companies with senior roles at Goodman Fielder Limited and National Foods Limited
  • His most recent role was Chief Strategy Officer of ASX-listed company Goodman Fielder Limited from 2011 – 2014 and before that he was Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory Co. Holdings Limited from 2007 – 2009
Education
  • Bachelor of Economics (Monash) and Advanced Management Program INSEAD
Former directorships
  • Neil has previously been a board member for Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Factory Co. Holdings Limited as well as being a Director of National Foods Holdings Ltd 2005 – 2007 and Vitasoy Australia Products Pty Ltd 1999 – 2007

SIMON LESTER

Non-executive Director

Background
  • Simon has been an adviser to Huon since 1994, with extensive experience with the salmon industry
  • He has 30 years’ experience in corporate finance and corporate tax, having advised the Tasmanian Government and State owned business enterprises
  • His former roles include Partnership at Deloitte and PBS Partner as well as senior management roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG
  • Member of Financial Services Institute of Australasia, Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, The Tax Institute and Australian Risk Policy Institute
Education
  • Simon is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Tasmania, Master of Applied Finance and Investment from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and Chartered Tax Adviser from The Tax Institute

TONY DYNON

Non-executive Director

Background
  • Tony has extensive leadership and finance experience gained largely in food, beverage and stockfeed businesses with senior roles in international and ASX-listed companies.
  • The majority of Tony’s career was with international food company H J Heinz, covering a 20 year period, including roles for Heinz Australia as Joint Managing director from 1994 to 1997 and Chief Financial Officer from 1988 to 1994.
  • He was also Managing Director of Farm Pride Foods Ltd and Executive Chairman of Palm Springs Ltd, both ASX listed companies.
  • More recently Tony has had leadership roles in privately owned stockfeed businesses based in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
  • Tony is a member of CPA Australia.
Former directorships
  • Tony was a non-executive director for Colorpak Ltd from 2004 to 2010.