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Our People

From local roots to a global market, nothing is possible without the hard work and passion of our committed team. Though we’re all different, we’re united by our shared values and vision for a thriving dairy industry, regional economy and environment.

Executive Team

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Stewart Carson

Chief Executive Officer

Stewart Carson Chief Executive Officer

Stewart joined Burra Foods in June 2015 as General Manager Supply Chain and was appointed CEO in January 2020.

Stewart brings strong operations, supply chain and technical experience gained from 25 years in the dairy industry working for Kraft Foods, Mondelez, Bega Cheese and Tatura Milk Industries.

He holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Applied Science and is lives in West Gippsland with his family.

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Travis Wild

Chief Financial Officer

Travis Wild Chief Financial Officer

Travis joined Burra Foods in March 2019 and oversees the finance, human resources and information technology and communications divisions of the business.

Travis has more than 20 years of experience in the professional services industry with PwC, focusing on dairy and agriculture. Most recently, he was CFO of Chobani Australia and has held CFO roles with Heritage Seeds and Opel Australia.

He has a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Information Management and is based in Melbourne with his family.

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Dale O'Neill

General Manager – Commercial

Dale O'Neill General Manager – Commercial

Joining Burra Foods in late 2009, Dale is responsible for the commercial division which includes sales, marketing, technical and milk supply.

Dale is an experienced agribusiness professional and has represented both owner-operated and corporate agribusiness across a wide range of sectors. His qualifications include a Master degree in agribusiness.

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Vincent Wang

Improvement Manager

Vincent Wang Improvement Manager

Vincent is Burra’s Improvement Manager, based at Korumburra and South Melbourne.

With a strong background in dairy technology, he specialises in food quality and safety management and spent more than 20 years working at Yili, Mengniu and Mengniu Arla.

Vincent and his family have enjoyed living in Australia since he started with Burra in 2016.

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Murray de Jong

General Manager – Supply Chain

Murray de Jong General Manager – Supply Chain

Murray joined Burra Foods in 2015 and currently leads the company’s supply chain function.

Murray has significant agribusiness experience, working for nine years at Emerald Grain in various capacities including GM of Strategy and Business Development, GM of Western Region and acting CFO.

Prior to his agribusiness career, Murray worked as a commercial lawyer at law firm Hall & Wilcox and holds a Master of Business Administration from Melbourne Business School and a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University.

Murray lives on the Mornington Peninsula with his family.

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Dan Cullen

General Manager – Quality

Dan Cullen General Manager – Quality

Dan joined Burra Foods in late 2019, bringing expertise in quality assurance and knowledge of specialised niche production of protein products through to large scale nutritionals.

He has worked across quality, technical and laboratory areas in the dairy industry for 15 years. Raised on a dairy farm at Waikato in the heart of New Zealand’s industry, Dan has knowledge and skills ranging from milking on-farm right through to quality design of new facilities.

Dan holds a Bachelor of Science (biology) and moved to Melbourne in 2016 with his family.

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Wayne Davey

General Manager - Manufacturing

Wayne Davey General Manager - Manufacturing

Wayne joined Burra Foods in May 2015 as Manager of the Powder/Nutritionals department.

He moved to Australia with his family in 2006 and has 23 years’ experience across a range of production and maintenance roles in both New Zealand and Australia at Fonterra and Tatura Milk Industries.

Wayne was appointed GM Manufacturing of Burra in May 2020. In this role, he is responsible for the production departments, maintenance and manufacturing services.

Milk Supply Team

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Peter Fort

Milk Supply Manager

Peter Fort Milk Supply Manager

Peter has more than 25 years in the dairy industry both in manufacturing and as a farmer.

He worked at the Bonlac Foods factory in Drouin during the 1990s while completing a Diploma in Dairy Technology before he took up a role at Murray Goulburn’s Leongatha factory. Following that, he leased an 80-hectare dairy farm at Poowong where he milked 220 cows for eight years.

In 2010, Peter returned to the manufacturing side of the industry when he joined Burra Foods as a production supervisor. He then progressed to Production Manager before moving into the role of Milk Supply Manager which sees him maintain relationships with Burra’s milk supply partners while ensuring required milk volumes are met.

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Jamie Serong

Milk Supply Officer

Jamie Serong Milk Supply Officer

Jamie joined Burra Foods in March 2019 as a Milk Supply Officer.

He has broad experience in the dairy industry, having previously worked as an assistant manager on a 320-cow dairy farm and in milk supply roles with Longwarry Food Park and Parmalat. Jamie enjoys communicating and working with farmers as part of his role.

Jamie lives in Warragul with his family.

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Clint Newcombe

Milk Supply Officer

Clint Newcombe Milk Supply Officer

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Karen Muir

Milk Supply Administrator

Karen Muir Milk Supply Administrator

Karen started working with Burra Foods in January 2019 after spending 16 years with Landmark processing data from the Korumburra and Koonwarra livestock saleyards.

In her role as Milk Supply Administrator, Karen monitors the milk that comes into the factory from farms. She checks milk quality and reports back to farmers.

Karen lives locally in Korumburra.

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Caity Cunningham

Milk Supply Coordinator

Caity Cunningham Milk Supply Coordinator

Caity joined Burra Foods in December 2017 and works as the Milk Supply Coordinator. This role sees her coordinate all the milk that goes to third-party locations while also coordinating milk swaps.

Prior to starting with Burra, Caity and her husband share farmed on a dairy farm at Drouin South.

They are now based at Strzelecki where they run a small beef operation across 55 hectares.

Sales Team

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Des Reilly

Sales Manager - Ingredients

Des Reilly Sales Manager - Ingredients

Des has been with Burra Foods since January 2010 when he took up the role of Business Development Manager associated with the company’s investment in a new spray dryer, commissioned in August 2010.

His position was subsequently converted to Sales Manager and he has extensive experience in international sales and marketing of dairy products – both within Australia and Europe.

 

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Belinda Smale

Product Manager - Nutritionals

Belinda Smale Product Manager - Nutritionals

Belinda joined Burra Foods in 2019 as Product Manager – Nutritionals. Belinda brings over 20 years’ experience in the food business, specialising in dairy and has worked across Asia, Europe and the Americas.

 

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Paul Bills

Business Manager - Commercial

Paul Bills Business Manager - Commercial

Paul joined Burra Foods in 2016 as a Milk Supply Officer, working closely with dairy farmers for nearly three years.

In early 2019, Paul joined the company’s commercial team in the role of Business Manager with responsibility for the management of the bulk liquids business.

Paul grew up on a dairy farm in Gippsland and has maintained an ongoing passion for the industry. He completed a Master of Business Administration and has extensive experience in agricultural sales.

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Ken Horie

Sales Manager - Japan

Ken Horie Sales Manager - Japan

Ken started with Burra Foods in 2003 and leads the company’s Japan office. He holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Chemistry and has previously worked in the United States and New Zealand.

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Haiming Xu

Business Development Manager – China

Haiming Xu Business Development Manager – China

Haiming has been Burra Foods’ Business Development Manager – China since April 2018. He has 20 years’ experience in food companies and, in particular, brings extensive knowledge in infant formula businesses.

Haiming is currently based in China.

Stewart Carson Chief Executive Officer

Stewart joined Burra Foods in June 2015 as General Manager Supply Chain and was appointed CEO in January 2020.

Stewart brings strong operations, supply chain and technical experience gained from 25 years in the dairy industry working for Kraft Foods, Mondelez, Bega Cheese and Tatura Milk Industries.

He holds a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Applied Science and is lives in West Gippsland with his family.

Travis Wild Chief Financial Officer

Travis joined Burra Foods in March 2019 and oversees the finance, human resources and information technology and communications divisions of the business.

Travis has more than 20 years of experience in the professional services industry with PwC, focusing on dairy and agriculture. Most recently, he was CFO of Chobani Australia and has held CFO roles with Heritage Seeds and Opel Australia.

He has a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Information Management and is based in Melbourne with his family.

Dale O'Neill General Manager – Commercial

Joining Burra Foods in late 2009, Dale is responsible for the commercial division which includes sales, marketing, technical and milk supply.

Dale is an experienced agribusiness professional and has represented both owner-operated and corporate agribusiness across a wide range of sectors. His qualifications include a Master degree in agribusiness.

Vincent Wang Improvement Manager

Vincent is Burra’s Improvement Manager, based at Korumburra and South Melbourne.

With a strong background in dairy technology, he specialises in food quality and safety management and spent more than 20 years working at Yili, Mengniu and Mengniu Arla.

Vincent and his family have enjoyed living in Australia since he started with Burra in 2016.

Murray de Jong General Manager – Supply Chain

Murray joined Burra Foods in 2015 and currently leads the company’s supply chain function.

Murray has significant agribusiness experience, working for nine years at Emerald Grain in various capacities including GM of Strategy and Business Development, GM of Western Region and acting CFO.

Prior to his agribusiness career, Murray worked as a commercial lawyer at law firm Hall & Wilcox and holds a Master of Business Administration from Melbourne Business School and a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce from Deakin University.

Murray lives on the Mornington Peninsula with his family.

Dan Cullen General Manager – Quality

Dan joined Burra Foods in late 2019, bringing expertise in quality assurance and knowledge of specialised niche production of protein products through to large scale nutritionals.

He has worked across quality, technical and laboratory areas in the dairy industry for 15 years. Raised on a dairy farm at Waikato in the heart of New Zealand’s industry, Dan has knowledge and skills ranging from milking on-farm right through to quality design of new facilities.

Dan holds a Bachelor of Science (biology) and moved to Melbourne in 2016 with his family.

Wayne Davey General Manager - Manufacturing

Wayne joined Burra Foods in May 2015 as Manager of the Powder/Nutritionals department.

He moved to Australia with his family in 2006 and has 23 years’ experience across a range of production and maintenance roles in both New Zealand and Australia at Fonterra and Tatura Milk Industries.

Wayne was appointed GM Manufacturing of Burra in May 2020. In this role, he is responsible for the production departments, maintenance and manufacturing services.

Peter Fort Milk Supply Manager

Peter has more than 25 years in the dairy industry both in manufacturing and as a farmer.

He worked at the Bonlac Foods factory in Drouin during the 1990s while completing a Diploma in Dairy Technology before he took up a role at Murray Goulburn’s Leongatha factory. Following that, he leased an 80-hectare dairy farm at Poowong where he milked 220 cows for eight years.

In 2010, Peter returned to the manufacturing side of the industry when he joined Burra Foods as a production supervisor. He then progressed to Production Manager before moving into the role of Milk Supply Manager which sees him maintain relationships with Burra’s milk supply partners while ensuring required milk volumes are met.

Jamie Serong Milk Supply Officer

Jamie joined Burra Foods in March 2019 as a Milk Supply Officer.

He has broad experience in the dairy industry, having previously worked as an assistant manager on a 320-cow dairy farm and in milk supply roles with Longwarry Food Park and Parmalat. Jamie enjoys communicating and working with farmers as part of his role.

Jamie lives in Warragul with his family.

Clint Newcombe Milk Supply Officer

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Karen Muir Milk Supply Administrator

Karen started working with Burra Foods in January 2019 after spending 16 years with Landmark processing data from the Korumburra and Koonwarra livestock saleyards.

In her role as Milk Supply Administrator, Karen monitors the milk that comes into the factory from farms. She checks milk quality and reports back to farmers.

Karen lives locally in Korumburra.

Caity Cunningham Milk Supply Coordinator

Caity joined Burra Foods in December 2017 and works as the Milk Supply Coordinator. This role sees her coordinate all the milk that goes to third-party locations while also coordinating milk swaps.

Prior to starting with Burra, Caity and her husband share farmed on a dairy farm at Drouin South.

They are now based at Strzelecki where they run a small beef operation across 55 hectares.

Des Reilly Sales Manager - Ingredients

Des has been with Burra Foods since January 2010 when he took up the role of Business Development Manager associated with the company’s investment in a new spray dryer, commissioned in August 2010.

His position was subsequently converted to Sales Manager and he has extensive experience in international sales and marketing of dairy products – both within Australia and Europe.

 

Belinda Smale Product Manager - Nutritionals

Belinda joined Burra Foods in 2019 as Product Manager – Nutritionals. Belinda brings over 20 years’ experience in the food business, specialising in dairy and has worked across Asia, Europe and the Americas.

 

Paul Bills Business Manager - Commercial

Paul joined Burra Foods in 2016 as a Milk Supply Officer, working closely with dairy farmers for nearly three years.

In early 2019, Paul joined the company’s commercial team in the role of Business Manager with responsibility for the management of the bulk liquids business.

Paul grew up on a dairy farm in Gippsland and has maintained an ongoing passion for the industry. He completed a Master of Business Administration and has extensive experience in agricultural sales.

Ken Horie Sales Manager - Japan

Ken started with Burra Foods in 2003 and leads the company’s Japan office. He holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Chemistry and has previously worked in the United States and New Zealand.

Haiming Xu Business Development Manager – China

Haiming has been Burra Foods’ Business Development Manager – China since April 2018. He has 20 years’ experience in food companies and, in particular, brings extensive knowledge in infant formula businesses.

Haiming is currently based in China.

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