Our Grower Marketing Team are experienced agribusiness and finance professionals based in our milling regions. Combining Wilmar's global connections with their local knowledge, the team works with individual growers to ensure they have all the information they need to get the most value from our marketing offer and make the best decisions for their business.

Whether in the office, on the phone or on-farm, the team is on hand year round to help growers understand our various pricing, pooling and payment options. They also provide general sugar market information to help growers make more informed choices.

Grower Marketing Team

Simon Hood
Manager Grower Marketing
0458 021 228

Simon joined the Grower Marketing Team in June 2022, relocating from Sydney to Townsville. He has a deep understanding of agricultural commodity risk management, having worked in similar roles with Fonterra Australia, Namoi Cotton, Elders, Rabobank and Michell Wool. Simon grew up on a diversified farming operation in southern NSW, so understands the challenges farmers face over and above managing commodity price risk. This practical experience is complemented by a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics from Sydney University and a Masters of Commerce from University of NSW.

Franco Zaini
Grower Marketing Consultant

0419 476 770

Franco has been supporting the Herbert region since May 2018. He’s no stranger to the sugar industry, coming from a cane farming and harvesting family in the wet tropics. He joined Wilmar in 2002 as a Grower Relations Officer in the Herbert. Franco has a bachelor's degree in Tropical Plant Sciences and worked in a number of roles with Wilmar including grower relations, cane transport and logistics. These roles have seen him foster strong grower relationships across all Wilmar regions.

Fiona Villis
Grower Marketing Consultant

0437 297 978

Fiona is a cane grower with an extensive background in farming and agribusiness. She joined the Grower Marketing team in September 2023. Fiona grew up on a sheep and grain property on the western Darling Downs and holds dual Bachelor of Business degrees (Agribusiness and Travel Management) from the University of Queensland Gatton Campus. She worked within the horticulture industry in the Lockyer Valley and Bowen before moving to the Burdekin in 2005, where she operates two cane farms with husband Paul.

Angus McKerrow
Plane Creek
Grower Marketing Consultant

0419 238 536

Angus joined the Grower Marketing Team in September 2018, supporting the Plane Creek region. With a Bachelor of Business (Agribusiness) from the University of Queensland, he has 30 years’ experience across a range of agricultural industries and has worked closely with growers to help market their production through changing markets. With a passion for agriculture, Angus is focused on helping growers make more informed business decisions about their marketing and pricing options.

Meghan Wilson
Grower Marketing Consultant - Intern
0437 669 118

Meghan joined Wilmar's Grower Marketing Team in October 2022 after graduating from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Business, majoring in International Business and Marketing. Meghan grew up on a cane farm at Proserpine so understands the challenges that come with being a farmer, along with the many rewards. She enjoys fostering grower relationships and supporting growers with their pricing and marketing decisions. Meghan is based in the Burdekin.

Shirley Norris
Grower Marketing Consultant

0437 803 019

Shirley enjoys talking to local growers about the benefits of Wilmar’s sugar marketing offer, including the strength and reach of our global sugar business. Shirley has a strong rural background and brings a wealth of international experience to the team. She grew up on a coffee farm in Kenya and has worked in the agricultural and horticultural sectors in East Africa, Holland and Australia. During her time in Kenya, she grew roses commercially for export markets.

Get in touch with our Grower Marketing Team