OUR TEAM

CO-OWNERS 

TODD JORGENSEN Co-Owner and Managing Director

Todd has worked in most roles at Associated Grain since he was ten years old.  Taking over as Managing Director in 1999 from his father Max, he has led the expansion of Associated Grain from a small packing and processing plant to a large-scale, modern, grain facility. Overseeing all infrastructure projects for three factories, he is committed to continually improving the business to ensure customer satisfaction. Todd is a Member of the Australian Mungbean Association and was President from 2011–2013.


TONY COGSWELL Co-Owner

Tony Cogswell joined Associated Grain in 2006 as a co-owner and is based in Forbes, NSW. He is also the Managing Director of a maize exporting company Lachlan Commodities Pty Ltd and member of the Maize Association of Australia Executive Committee.  Tony has extensive business experience and is well known in the industry.



MANAGEMENT TEAM 

GEOFF BIRCH Seed Manager

Geoff began his career in the seed industry in 1988. He joined Associated Grain in 2011 as Seed Manager and has improved the quality and production throughput of our chickpea splitting plant. In consultation with operational staff, Geoff helped redesign Associated Grain’s grading plant to maximise production and handling of all pulse crops.  Geoff has helped position Associated Grain as one of the biggest seed companies in Australia.


 SHANE MATHIESON Operations Manager

Shane oversees all processing, packing and exporting at our sites. He is involved with the loading of containers for export and general day-to-day organising of our packing schedule, Shane also looks after our HR side of things. Shane works closely with our factory staff to ensure all seed, export and domestic orders are delivered on time and to spec.


james-sage-profile-pictureJAMES SAGE Production Manager

James brings to Associated Grain extensive experience in cropping, engineering and animal husbandry, including feedlots in Australia and Asia. His practical knowledge of managing and growing cropping and livestock businesses makes him the right choice to take charge of Associated Grain’s daily production and staffing to maximise throughout and efficiencies of intake and export.


mark-schmidt-profile-pictureMARK SCHMIDT Trading Manager

Mark is an experienced and passionate pulse trader with over 25 years of experience working in the industry in roles as diverse as grower contracting, seed production, processing, exports and domestic marketing. He joins Associated Grain to expand our grower and export base for all products handled at our facility. Mark is the current President of the Australian Mungbean Industry, enjoying the opportunity to further serve the industry.


jacquie-borham-profile-photoJACQUIE BORHAM Grain Buyer / Logistics Coordinator

Jacquie moves into this new role after 2 years working as part of Associated Grain’s seed team. She is well-known to growers and has a thorough knowledge of all products handled at our facilities. Moving from sales and promotion of chickpeas, mungbeans and all seed lines, Jacquie’s role now includes grower contact, organising of contracts and time slots for grain delivery and the promoting & marketing of all aspects of the company.