Who we are
Meet the Australia and New Zealand Fairtrade team
With bases in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, our team represents a wealth of expertise, passion and knowledge.
Our Board of Directors
Senthil Nathan CEO
In a two-decade career across private and development sectors in over forty countries, Senthil helped food and beverage businesses of all sizes develop and implement supply chain sustainability strategies, particularly on responsible sourcing, regenerative agriculture and carbon management initiatives focused on building sustainable food systems.
The values of Fairtrade are also deeply personal to him. Senthil was raised on a small-hold farm in Southern India, where he witnessed the challenges that producers like his parents faced. Such experiences have drawn him back from his corporate career to sustainable agriculture, where he has spent many years searching for solutions to those same problems he saw as he grew up. Senthil is an alumnus of Columbia University, where he was awarded a fellowship for promising future leaders. Under its Global Talent Program, the Australian Government recognised him as a distinguished talent in sustainable food and agriculture. Senthil is also a Non-Executive Director of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID).
Josie Pagani Chair
Josie’s dedication to global issues and international development has taken her across the globe. Currently New Zealand-based, Josie is the Director of the Council for International Development. She is also a regular media commentator on current affairs both here and abroad and has been involved in progressive policy think tanks in the UK. Josie has worked as a political advisor to governments, to Prime Ministers and ministers, and was a member of the government’s Trade For All Advisory Board in 2018-2019. She has high-level experience in the aid and development sector, including at the OECD DAC in Paris and a strong background in global public affairs, with a particular interest in development
Margaret Zabel Board Member
Margaret believes it is critical for both organisations and individuals to do the right thing for the long term for the sustainability of our global economy. Her accomplishments span several areas including business transformation, brand strategy, innovation, corporate sustainability strategy, marketing communications, customer experience and change leadership. Margaret has 20 years of senior executive experience working across major companies and brands in FMCG, food, technology and communications industries including multinationals, ASX 100 and not-for-profits. Margaret has also served on the board of mental health charity R U OK? for five years. Margaret is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds an MBA from INSEAD, France.
Terence Jeyaretnam Board Member
Terrence’s interest and passion is centered on sustainability and the environment; with over 25 years of experience in advising governments and corporations on sustainability issues. Terence is currently a partner at EY in Melbourne and previously founded the Net Balance and Net Balance Foundation in 2006, growing the firm to Australia’s largest standalone sustainability and climate change practice, twice rated along the way by Business Review Weekly as one of the fastest 100 growth companies in Australia and one of the first B Corps in Australia. Terence also chairs the TCX Advisory Board and is on the boards of Food Frontier, Legal Sector Alliance and Knowledge Media.
John Thwaites Board Member
John has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to sustainability and climate change-related issues. After a career in law and politics, John provided expertise to governments both state and federal on sustainable development issues and planning. He has served on a number of boards and advisory panels. He is a Professorial Fellow at Monash University, Chair of ClimateWorks Australia, the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Melbourne Water and the Peter Cullen Water and Environment Trust. He is also Co-Chair of the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network launched by the Secretary General of the United Nations to provide expert advice and support to the development and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. John is the recipient of several awards, including being named as one of the 100 Global Sustainability Leaders by ABC Carbon Express in 2016.
Joanne Butterworth-Gray Board Member
Joanne Butterworth-Gray is a professional chair and non-executive director with extensive experience across capital projects, land management and precinct planning, utilities and logistics, agribusiness, tourism and market development and legal. Joanne is Chair of Southern Rural Water, Campaspe Port Enterprise and Northern Territory Seafood Council, and a Trustee of Caulfield Racecourse Reserve Trust.
Joanne’s executive career in the Victorian public service included leading reform within emergency management, delivering culture improvement in HM Prison Barwon, and facilitating economic partnerships across the three tiers of government. Prior to government, Joanne was the first female CEO of Victoria’s wine industry.
Joanne has a transformational style of leadership focussed on supporting Boards to be future-fit across strategy, risk, financial performance, ESG, culture and social licence.
Alastair Brown Board Member
Over a two-decade career, Alastair has spent the last 10 years in senior finance roles within major Australian FMCG and Retail businesses. The provision of sustainable food to consumers aligns closely to his values. Alastair is currently the Finance Director & Company Secretary for Simplot Australia which operates a complex and extensive supply chain globally and throughout Australia & New Zealand, representing one of the largest food suppliers in this region.
Alastair’s interests & skillset is focused on providing financial and accounting expertise within the FMCG and Retail sectors, where he has supported both ASX 50 and privately owned businesses to drive strong commercial outcomes and achieve profitable growth. Prior to this Alastair spent 10 years with KPMG in the UK and Australia, providing assurance services to Boards and Audit Committees across multiple industries.
Katherine Rich Board Member
Katherine Rich is Chair of the New Zealand Parliamentary Education Trust and children’s charity Barnardos. She is the former Chief Executive of the New Zealand Food and Grocery Council, an industry association that advocates on behalf of companies marketing food and other fast-moving consumer goods. Katherine was a Member of Parliament 1999 – 2008 and prior to that held a number of agribusiness marketing roles. She is a former New Zealand member of the APEC Business Advisory Council, Chair of Fairtrade Australia New Zealand, Deputy Chair of the Food Safety Advisory and Assurance Council, and a board member of the Health Promotion Agency.
Camille Alitagtag – Accountant
Madeleine Jones – Company Secretary
Michael Zhu – Financial Controller
Patrick Moran – Certification and Compliance Officer and Office Support
Producer Support and Relations
Mukesh Kumar – Senior Liaison Officer
Nestor Messias – Timor Leste Project Officer
Will Valverde – Senior Liaison Officer & Coffee Quality Advisor
Growth and Innovation
Gabriela Hrutkaiova – Commercial Partnerships Manager, NZ
Nadia Bonner – Commercial Partnerships Manager, NZ
Sam Platt – Manager: Commercial Partnerships, Aus, and Climate Solutions
Licensing and Certification Team
Louella Willis – Brand, Licensing & Legal Specialist
Masumi Taguchi – Brand, Licensing & Legal Specialist
Work with us
People are at the heart of Fairtrade. The Fairtrade team is a passionate, dedicated and highly experienced group of individuals. Our regional offices are in Australia and New Zealand and we work throughout the Asia Pacific.
A world in which all producers can enjoy secure and sustainable livelihoods, fulfill their potential and decide on their future.
To connect disadvantaged producers and consumers, promote fairer trading conditions and empower producers to combat poverty, strengthen their position and take more control over their lives.
Australian Council for International Development Member
Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand is an active member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and adheres to the ACFID Fundraising Charter and ACFID Code of Conduct, which defines minimum standards of communication, governance, management and accountability of development for member non-government organisations (NGOs).
Complaints relating to a breach of the ACFID Code of Conduct can be made to Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand through our Complaints Handling Policy or to ACFID through the ACFID Code of Conduct Complaints Handling Procedure.
View the certificate here.
Council for International Development Member
Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand is a member of the Council for International Development (CID) and is a signatory to the CID Code of Conduct. The Code requires members to meet high standards of corporate governance, public accountability, and financial management.
Complaints relating to alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct by any signatory agency can be made to the CID Code of Conduct Committee. More information about the CID Code of Conduct can be obtained from CID at www.cid.org.nz, or email email@example.com.
View the certificate here.