Our Board

Brad RodgersBrad Rodgers
Western Australia Director and Avocados Australia Chairman
Brad Rodgers, a Certified Financial Planner, joined Avocados Australia as a Director in 2018. Brad and wife Jacinta acquired a farming property at Manjimup, WA in 2015 and produce Hass avocados, black truffles and premium wine grapes. Click here to read more
Matthew KleynMatthew Kleyn
North Queensland Director 
Matthew and his wife Louise own a company based in Walkamin and Kairi North Queensland which grows avocados. They have been growing avocados for approximately 15 years and have expanded over this period into a large operation. Click here to read more

Daryl BoardmanDaryl Boardman
Southern Queensland Director
Daryl has been on the Board since 2006. He is the Avocados Australia representative on the Hort Innovation avoacdo panels for trade, export and marketing. Click here to read more
Lucia PhilipLucia Philip
Central Queensland/Sunshine Coast Director
Lucy Philip is an avocado farmer in the Childers area, along with her husband Kevin they own Brooklet Farms Pty Ltd which has a long family history of growing tomatoes and avocados since 1973. “I am very passionate about improving the economic viability of the industry,” said Lucy. Click here to read more

Eric CarneyEric Carney
Central Queensland/Sunshine Coast Director
Eric grew up on an avocado farm in WA and has been involved in avocado farming in Queensland since 2002. He was a grower, packer and marketer at Avocado Ridge and SuperPak which was sold to Costa in December 2016. Deciding that he preferred to be involved in a family operation, Eric left Costa in July of 2018 and began searching for an opportunity to return to family farming. In July 2019, Eric and his wife purchased a 735 acre farm in Abington, QLD where they are growing Avocado and Macadamia. Click here to read more
Ian TolsonIan Tolson
Central NSW Director
Ian has been a horticulturist for more than 40 years and has been involved in the avocado industry for 25 years. Ian and Alison Tolson’s family business comprises two avocado orchards, an avocado packing and marketing facility, a Norco Rural Store, and transport depot. Click here to read more

Tom SilverTom Silver
Tamborine and Northern Rivers Director
Tom has been involved in the avocado industry since he was eight-years-old running around the family’s avocado farm in Alstonville. Click here to read more
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 more