CAROLINE Rhodes has more than 14 years of experience in both the public and private sectors of Australian agriculture, having specialised in the areas of regulation and policy development.
She has been at the forefront of wheat marketing reform over the past decade, holding senior positions with Viterra Ltd, Wheat Exports Australia, the Grains Council of Australia and the South Australian Farmers’ Federation. Her past contribution to industry includes serving as a non-executive director of the Australian Grain Exporters Association, Pulse Australia Ltd and NGR Pty Ltd, and as a member of government policy forums including the SA GM Crops Advisory Committee, the Joint Grains Industry / AQIS Ministerial Task Force for Export Certification Reforms and the Code Development Advisory Committee.
In her current role as the deputy managing director of the premier corporate advisory firm, Bespoke Approach, Caroline works closely with clients on political, regulatory and strategic communications matters across a range of industries.
She continues to grow her rural client base and has maintained high level involvement in the grains industry, as a non-executive director of Wheat Quality Australia. Caroline has also recently been appointed to the Board of umbrella charity Foodbank SA, for her expertise in agriculture and stakeholder engagement.
Caroline holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Adelaide, a Master of Agribusiness from the University of Melbourne and a Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
In February 2014, she was awarded a Graduate Certificate of Australian Rural Leadership from James Cook University. She is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program and an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management.