Board of Directors

David Christie

Independent Non-Executive Chairperson

Mark Hardgrave Wingara AG

GAICD, BA, LLB, LLM

Mr David Christie is a Co-Founder and COO of Wilson A.I. – a specialist Artificial Intelligence (AI) company developing and applying AI solutions for multiple industries. He is also a Co-founder of Amplifir Pty Ltd a Digital Marketing Agency.

David is also a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration & Nominations Committee, of Kleos Space S.A. (ASX:KSS), a satellite company based out of Luxembourg and is a Non-Executive Director at Litigation Lending Services. He is also a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee for Litigation Lending Services Limited.

Over the past 20 years David has served as a senior executive in London, Russia and New York at Renaissance Capital Bank, Deutsche Bank and Simmons & Simmons Lawyers; and in Australia at Minter Ellison Lawyers and recently iSelect Ltd. (ASX:ISU), where he held the roles of Chief Strategy Officer, General Counsel and Company Secretary with responsibility over Legal affairs, Compliance, Governance, Human Resources, IT, Investor Relations, Public Relations and Litigation/ Disputes.

Jeral D’Souza

Non-Executive Director

Jeral D'Souza Wingara AG

Mr Jeral D’Souza has spent over 30 years in senior regional management roles with Cargill, a leading global producer and distributor of food and agricultural products with operations in over 70 countries/regions. Mr D’Souza has also been a Director of Teys Australia (Cargill and Teys Family JV), and Chairman of Allied Mills (Cargill and GrainCorp Australian JV). The two businesses were diverse and included meat export, flour milling, bakery products, and agriculture product marketing in Asia, Europe, USA, and Australia.

Mr D’Souza’s expertise in Cargill spans across strategic agricultural asset investment, business and financial risk management, statutory reporting, business model transformation, and change management. Mr D’Souza worked successfully with business and commercial leaders in developing key business strategies and has a wealth of experience in strategy execution, implementation and business growth in agribusinesses.

Mr D’Souza holds a Bachelor Degree with Honours in Accounting and Business Finance from the University of Manchester in England and is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Mr D’Souza joined Cargill in 1983 after six years in the accounting profession with one of the UK big firms.

Steven Chaur

Non-Executive Director

Jeral D'Souza Wingara AG

MBA (Monash), Grad. Dip. Marketing, GAICD, FIML

Mr Steven Chaur brings over 30 years’ experience in consumer, agricultural and industrial products markets with a solid understanding of agriculture having led businesses engaged in the production of dairy, fresh produce, beef, stock feeds and consumer foods.

Mr Chaur has held Managing Director roles with Patties Foods Ltd (ASX:PFL), Nutrano Produce Group Ltd and was Pacific Region Managing Director for Saint-Gobain (EPA:SGO), the one of the world’s largest building products companies. He has held previous senior leadership roles with George Weston Foods, Findus Australia Pty Ltd, National Foods Limited, Simplot Australia and Unilever.

Mr Chaur is a past director of Meat & Livestock Australia, where he was also Chair of the MLA Donor Company, past Chair of the Remuneration Committee, director of the Integrity Systems Company and a member of the Audit & Risk Committee. Mr Chaur is also a past non-executive director for several not for profit youth charitable organisations and brings over 20 years’ experience working in international market development across Asia, China, USA and Europe.

Mr Chaur is currently Group Chief Executive Officer of Castlegate James Australasia, the leader in food chain sustainability. The company innovatively converts consumer food manufacturing by-products into value added livestock feeds, bio energy and other products.

James Whiteside

Chief Executive Officer

Zane Banson Wingara AG

Mr James Whiteside has been the CEO of Wingara since July 1, 2021. He has had a career in agriculture, including 23 years with Incitec Pivot Limited. He was the Chief Operating Officer of Incitec Pivot Fertilisers from 2012 to 2015 and Chief Executive Officer of Quantum Fertilisers, a Hong Kong based trading joint venture for over five years. He also held executive responsibility for global procurement and supply chain for the IPL Group.

From 2016, James was the CEO of AUSVEG Limited, Australia’s largest horticulture advocacy group, responsible for advancing the causes of growers nationally.

He is a current Director of Verdant Minerals and was Chairman of that company from 2016 to 2019. He is a past Director of the Fertiliser Industry Association of Australia and the International Fertilizer Association.

Vanessa Chidrawi

Company Secretary

Vanessa Chidrawi Wingara AG

Ms Vanessa Chidrawi is a highly experienced governance professional, with a portfolio of domestic and international clients across various sectors. She had 12 years’ private practice experience in commercial law and litigation, practicing for her own account in Johannesburg. Over the past 15 years, she has acted as General Counsel and Company Secretary for ASX200 and TSX-listed companies and has held senior executive positions in the mining industry across Australia and S-E Asia.

Ms Chidrawi holds Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce qualifications and brings with her a wealth of experience in corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, board advisory and capital raising in the listed company space.  She currently acts as company secretary and governance advisor to 6 ASX-listed companies, including FINEOS Corporation plc and Wisr Limited.