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.

Yolanda Hansen
Grower Marketing Consultant

0439 002 240

Yolanda has a passion for building strong relationships with growers. She joined Wilmar in March 2019, bringing more than two decades of finance and industry knowledge. Formerly from Mount Isa, Yolanda’s interest in sugar grew after her family moved to the Burdekin and acreage surrounded by cane. She meets regularly with growers to provide education and support on Wilmar’s marketing products. Yolanda enjoys helping growers make fully informed decisions on their sugar pricing.

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 is the newest addition to our Grower Marketing Team, joining in October 2022. She recently graduated 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 looks forward to building and fostering grower relationships. Meghan is based in the Burdekin, working alongside experienced consultant Yolanda Hansen.

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