Our Board

Jim KochiJim Kochi
North Qld Director and Avocados Australia Chairman
Jim has been involved in the industry since 1978 when he planted his first Fuerte and Rincon trees with his brother Ed on their property at Atherton. A little while later these trees were top-worked to Hass and now grows Shepard and Hass. Click here to read Full
Daryl BoardmanDaryl Boardman
Southern Qld Director
Daryl has been in the avocado industry for the past 16 years. He is the Avocados Australia representative on the Hort Innovation Industry Trade Advisory Panel (ITAP) and Export Committees. Click here to read Full

John WalshJohn Walsh
Central Qld Director
John has a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting, Marketing and Operations Management and has been in the industry since 1996 when he started to work at the avocado orchard at Simpson Farms in the first year of packing avocados at Goodwood. Click here to read Full
Eric CarneyEric Carney
Central Qld Director
Eric grew up on an avocado farm in WA and has been involved in avocado farming since 2002. He is a grower and packer at Avocado Ridge. He managed a wholesale travel and tour company. Click here to read Full

Dudley MitchellDudley Mitchell
Western Australia Director
Dudley has been involved in the Australian avocado industry for 12 years and is the manager of Avonova in WA. Dudley has an MScAgric in Horticulture, majoring in Avocados as well as an MBA. Click here to read Full
Neil ShentonNeil Shenton
Western Australia Director 
Neil has been a part of the Australian avocado industry for the past 21 years and is the owner operator, Capel Fruit Co, growing avocados, obviously, and until recently, hydroponic tomatoes. Click here to read Full

Ian TolsonIan Tolson
Central NSW Director
Ian has been a horticulturalist for the past 36 years and has been involved in the avocado industry for 20 years. His family business, with wife Alison comprises a 100 hectare avocado orchard, an avocado packing facility and a Norco Rural store. Click here to read Full
Tom SilverTom Silver
Tamborine and Northern Rivers Director
Tom has been involved in the avocado industry for 29 years, starting from when he was eight-years old running around the family’s avocado farm in Alstonville. Click here to read Full

Kym ThielKym Thiel
Tristate Director
Kym has been in the avocado industry for 14 years as a grower and is currently a Partner/Manager and Director of Golden Hill Packing Pty Ltd as well as being a partner in Thiel Orchards, the growing entity. Click here to read Full
Robert PriceRobert Price
Sunshine Coast Director
Rob has been involved in the industry for 14 years as a grower and is a Director of Sunfresh. Originally he worked as a sheep and beef farmer from Warnambool Victoria. Click here to read Full
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