Meet the Team

Agripower Australia is led by a strong and highly experienced team

The Agripower Executive Team, Peter Prentice, Managing Director

Peter Prentice

Managing Director
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Peter Prentice

As Agripower’s Founder and Managing Director, it is Peter’s extensive minerals experience that led to the identification of our world class asset and its potentially game-changing role in agriculture. He has been at the forefront of all aspects of Agripower’s development including commercial development, product trials and designing and building the processing facilities.

Peter holds an Engineering degree, has completed a Masters in Resources, and undertaken post graduate studies in Mineral Bio-availability. Peter brings an extensive 30-year background in financing, developing and delivering projects internationally in land-based resources.

The Agripower Executive Team, Christina Walls, Chief Operating Officer

Christina Walls

Chief Operating Officer
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Christina Walls

With a wealth of experience across the Energy, Agriculture, Petrochem- icals, Minerals, Manufacturing and Logistics sectors, Christina brings high-level skills and insights in business diagnostics across core strategy and market penetration to Agripower’s executive team.

Previous positions include Senior Manager Finance - Strategy & Commercial with Santos Ltd; Chief Commercial & Strategy Manager with Interoil Corp NYSE; and most recently as CEO and MD, closed out Sinochem Australia’s (SIA) most profitable years on record.

The Agripower Executive Team, Bruce Cairns, Head Agronomist

Bruce Cairns

Head Agronomist & Technical Manager
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Bruce Cairns

With Agripower since 2013, Bruce’s extensive experience includes as an agronomist with both Australian Fertilisers and Monsanto Australia, as Marketing Manager with Pivot Fertilisers, Managing Director with Paton Fertilisers and prior to Agripower as National Manager - Agronomy Tech- nology & Seed with Landmark.

Focused on crop nutrition, Bruce brings his knowledge to Agripower’s trials, testing Agrisilica’s® performance under a range of conditions. Bruce works directly with multinational clients to understand their specific needs and develop Agrisilica’s® product range to meet their requirements.

The Agripower Executive Team, Ben Foster, Marketing & Sales

Ben Foster

Marketing & Sales
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Ben Foster

As Agripower’s new Manager, Sales & Marketing, Ben Foster brings an established global network and will continue to develop these to foster customer growth and channel partners as we build global awareness.

Ben’s background include Dow AgroSciences as a Senior Account Rep- resentative followed by Syngenta Australasia (Campaign Management) then across to Global (Digital Marketing), followed by Switzerland firstly as Syngenta’s Commercial Transformation Lead and then their Lead in Sales & Marketing. At Syngenta he successfully led country engagements to improve the rate of commercial transformations within sales and market- ing productivity in Russia, Ukraine, Italy, France, Thailand and the USA.

He developed global digital marketing strategies and initiatives working across EAME and APAC.

The Agripower Executive Team, Sarah Russell French, Research & Registrations

Sarah Russell French

Research & Registrations
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Sarah Russell French

Joining Agripower in April 2020 Sarah’s established global profile and experience in regulatory and compliance activities and functions are major assets to Agripower. Sarah’s background includes Dow AgroSciences LLC as their African Agricultural Development Leader, on a sabbatical in Kenya; a key focus on Product Stewardship in both crop protection and biotechnology; and most recently was the ANZ Seeds Regulatory & Genome Editing leader for Corteva Agriscience.

Her experience includes biotechnology and novel breeding technology adoption and legislative implementation, registerability assessments and strategic development, devising, implementing and leading key stewardship programmes, sustainability policy standards, economic empowerment, nutrition interventions, legal aid, agricultural improvements and business direction.

The Agripower Executive Team, Jonathan Robbeson, General Manager Operations

Jonathan Robbeson

General Manager - Operations
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Jonathan Robbeson

Jonathan has previously held senior technical roles in AngloGold Ashanti, Signature Gold Ltd, Tectonic Gold plc and Perilya Ltd. and brings with him extensive international corporate, operational and risk management experience.

Jonathan specialises in integrated and strategic project development and risk management and has an extensive in-depth knowledge base in managing greenfield assets through feasibility, development, construction, commissioning and into operation.

The Agripower Executive Team, Peter Prentice, Managing Director

Peter Prentice

Managing Director
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Peter Prentice

As Agripower’s Founder and Managing Director, it is Peter’s extensive minerals experience that led to the identification of our world class asset and its potentially game-changing role in agriculture. He has been at the forefront of all aspects of Agripower’s development including commercial development, product trials and designing and building the processing facilities.

Peter holds an Engineering degree, has completed a Masters in Resources, and undertaken post graduate studies in Mineral Bio-availabil- ity. Peter brings an extensive 30-year background in financing, developing and delivering projects internationally in land-based resources.

The Agripower Executive Team, Christina Walls, Chief Operating Officer

Christina Walls

Chief Operating Officer
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Christina Walls

With a wealth of experience across the Energy, Agriculture, Petrochem- icals, Minerals, Manufacturing and Logistics sectors, Christina brings high-level skills and insights in business diagnostics across core strategy and market penetration to Agripower’s executive team.

Previous positions include Senior Manager Finance - Strategy & Commercial with Santos Ltd; Chief Commercial & Strategy Manager with Interoil Corp NYSE; and most recently as CEO and MD, closed out Sinochem Australia’s (SIA) most profitable years on record.

The Agripower Executive Team, Bruce Cairns, Head Agronomist

Bruce Cairns

Head Agronomist & Technical Manager
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Bruce Cairns

With Agripower since 2013, Bruce’s extensive experience includes as an agronomist with both Australian Fertilisers and Monsanto Australia, as Marketing Manager with Pivot Fertilisers, Managing Director with Paton Fertilisers and prior to Agripower as National Manager - Agronomy Tech- nology & Seed with Landmark.

Focused on crop nutrition, Bruce brings his knowledge to Agripower’s trials, testing Agrisilica’s performance under a range of conditions. Bruce works directly with multinational clients to understand their specific needs and develop AgriSilica’s product range to meet their requirements.

The Agripower Executive Team, Ben Foster, Marketing & Sales

Ben Foster

Marketing & Sales
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Ben Foster

As Agripower’s new Manager, Sales & Marketing, Ben Foster brings an established global network and will continue to develop these to foster customer growth and channel partners as we build global awareness.

Ben’s background include Dow AgroSciences as a Senior Account Rep- resentative followed by Syngenta Australasia (Campaign Management) then across to Global (Digital Marketing), followed by Switzerland firstly as Syngenta’s Commercial Transformation Lead and then their Lead in Sales & Marketing. At Syngenta he successfully led country engagements to improve the rate of commercial transformations within sales and market- ing productivity in Russia, Ukraine, Italy, France, Thailand and the USA.

He developed global digital marketing strategies and initiatives working across EAME and APAC.

The Agripower Executive Team, Sarah Russell French, Research & Registrations

Sarah Russell French

Research & Registrations
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Sarah Russell French

Joining Agripower in April 2020 Sarah’s established global profile and experience in regulatory and compliance activities and functions are major assets to Agripower. Sarah’s background includes Dow AgroSciences LLC as their African Agricultural Development Leader, on a sabbatical in Kenya; a key focus on Product Stewardship in both crop protection and biotechnology; and most recently was the ANZ Seeds Regulatory & Genome Editing leader for Corteva Agriscience.

Her experience includes biotechnology and novel breeding technology adoption and legislative implementation, registerability assessments and strategic development, devising, implementing and leading key stewardship programmes, sustainability policy standards, economic empowerment, nutrition interventions, legal aid, agricultural improvements and business direction.

The Agripower Executive Team, Jonathan Robbeson, General Manager Operations

Jonathan Robbeson

General Manager - Operations
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Jonathan Robbeson

Having worked at both Rand Refinery and Anglogold Ashanti (Acting Geology Manager), then as Principal at Robbeson & Assoc, Jonathan develops, implements and manages Agripower’s our assets and long-term strategic advancement of the Charters Towers Processing Facility.

He is responsible for developing and co-ordinating Agripower’s engineering strategies, people and resource management to meet development targets and co-ordinates Local, State and Federal government and key stakeholder engagement.