CBH aims to streamline with new zone structure

CBH announces new zone structure


Management of the Kwinana Port Zone has been divided into two as part of CBH's organisational restructure.

The structural changes will see CBH adopt a simpler model with less layers says the co-operative's general manager operations David Capper.

The structural changes will see CBH adopt a simpler model with less layers says the co-operative's general manager operations David Capper.

CBH Group has announced a new zone and area management structure for its grain receival network. 

Effective from last Friday, the Kwinana Port Zone will be divided into two management zones, Kwinana North and Kwinana South, each with a respective zone manager. 

While the number of port zones remains at four, this change will take the total number of management zones from four to five and, subsequently increase the number of zone managers to five. 

Grain from within the two Kwinana zones will continue to be exported through the Kwinana Grain Terminal.

This means the new CBH zone managers are: 

Geraldton: Duncan Gray 

Kwinana North: Allan Walker 

Kwinana South: Jaco Harwig 

Albany: Adam Wray (commencing mid-February) 

Esperance: Mick Daw 

Additionally, the number of area managers within the CBH network will increase from 12 to 19. 

New zone managers include Allan Walker, who will take on the Kwinana North zone. 

Mr Walker has more than 20 years’ experience at CBH, having joined the company in 1997.

He has worked in several roles within the co-operative, including as operations supervisor and area manager. 

In 2012, Mr Walker was appointed as Kwinana’s assistant zone manager where he gained a comprehensive understanding of the region and its growers. 

Jaco Harwig has been appointed as the Kwinana South zone manager.

Mr Harwig has joined CBH with more than 27 years’ experience in large scale processing and mining organisations across multiple commodities, including iron ore, nickel, chrome, aluminium, coal and within the rail industry. 

In his most recent role, Mr Harwig worked at Hatch Advisory and Management Consulting where he was a senior principal and global asset management lead from 2017. 

Another manager new to CBH is Adam Wray, who will take over the Albany zone manager position in mid-February.

Mr Wray has a background in chemical engineering and significant leadership experience and joined CBH from BASF’s Performance Chemicals where he managed its WA operations out of Kwinana. 

Prior to this, Mr Wray worked in various leading roles during the development of the Ma’aden alumina refinery in Saudi Arabia, leading teams of up to 600 people in the build and operational phases of the development. 

CBH general manager operations David Capper said CBH Operations was implementing a more streamlined and flat country operations management structure.

“This will increase the number of zone and area managers, reducing geographical and operational spans of control,” Mr Capper said.

“The structural changes will see our team adopt a simpler model with less layers to better serve our growers, and continue to transform CBH into a fitter, leaner business. 

“There will be little impact on our growers and they should expect the same level of service from CBH as they always have done.”


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