Lloyd Neilsen - CEO and Export Manager

Lloyd Neilsen was appointed as CEO of Bean Growers Australia in 2008 after commencing in the role of Marketing Manager in 2001. Lloyd has more than 20 years experience in the Grains and Pulse industries and currently is on the Board of Soy Australia, serves as the Chairman of the Australian Mungbean Association’s Standards Committee and is a member of the Australian Mungbean Association’s Management Committee.

Having grown up on the land, Lloyd considers the growers to be the foundation that Bean Growers Australia is built upon and is proactive in the development of grower products and services.

As manager of Export Sales, Lloyd is responsible for the development of the company’s international trade and risk management strategies and is actively developing relationships with customers in key geographic locations around the globe.

Lloyd attributes much of Bean Growers Australia’s success to being the direct supply chain link between growers and our export and domestic customers.

Lloyd is also a member of our Workplace Health and Safety Committee as well as our HACCP Team.



Stuart Ruthven - National Sales Manager

Having grown up on farms in the UK, Stuart gained a good knowledge and exposure to farming from a young age; based in the east of England, in the county of Suffolk. His family farmed mostly cereal crops and sugar beet, which was refined into sugar.

In March 2012 Stuart moved to Australia, with his wife Leigh, who is from Lismore, Northern NSW.

As a passionate and motivated sales professional Stuart has 12 years’ experience selling to the Wholesale, Grocery, Garden and Hardware Industries.  With his proven track record of continually exceeding sales revenue and profitability targets, as well as assisting clients in achieving business growth objectives Stuart is a great asset to our team.

Stuart has a BA (Hons) Business Degree, which he completed in England, and additionally he has taken on further professional qualifications such as; Key Account Management and professional presentation skills training.


Peter Carstairs - Production Manager

Peter Carstairs joined Bean Growers Australia in 2009 and brings over 20 years of food manufacturing experience to his position as Production Manager.

Peter leads his team in all aspects of production from intake logistics to packaging and warehouse management.

Peter also acts as the Chairman of our Workplace Health and Safety Committee as well as directing our infrastructure engineering and preventative maintenance. Peter is an Authorized Officer of the Department of Agriculture and a member of our HACCP Team.



Greg Mills - Seed Production Manager

Greg Mills has over 35 years of experience in agronomy and management  after receiving his Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Queensland.

Greg directs our successful seed development and sales program as well as providing on-farm and business support to our grower network.

Greg joined Bean Growers Australia in 2018.


Shane Lougheed - Product Manager

Since joining Bean Growers Australia in 2012, Shane Lougheed has applied his experience in business management and systems design to create a food safety and quality assurance program that has received consistently high outcomes. As Product Manager Shane leads a team that matches our diverse range of products to customer expectations, from intake of raw materials through to delivery of packaged goods.

Shane's family has been farming in the region for over a century, and he now lives on his family farm, which once grew corn, soy and navy beans.

Shane is also a member of the AMA Standards Committee as well as our Workplace Health and Safety Committee and HACCP Team.

Our Team


Ana Vazquez Calcagno - Accountant

Ana Vasquez Carcagno joined Bean Growers Australia in 2018.


Leigh Glenwright - Customer Service Officer

Leigh Glenwright joined us in 2017 after having worked in customer service and logistics administration for many years.

Leigh works with customers to ensure they receive product that is appropriate to their processing and delivery requirements.


Rhonda Harvey - Customer Service Officer

After working in administration for Bean Growers Australia for over ten years, Rhonda Harvey joined our Customer Service team in 2019.


Kellie Dugdell - Grower Services Officer

Kellie Dugdell joined Bean Growers Australia in 2017. Having started in our Product Department, Kellie moved into our Grower Services Department to provide support to our growers.


Dean Booth - Grower Services Representative

Dean Booth has over 24 years of experience in agriculture having worked all over the state from Goondiwindi to Townsville.

Dean joined Bean Growers Australia in 2018.


Luke Worrall - Production Foreman

Luke Worrall, trained in Lean Manufacturing and HACCP, brings years of manufacturing experience to his role as Production Foreman. Luke oversees all aspect of production, providing guidance and oversight to our staff.


Courtney Upton - Food Safety & Quality Assurance Officer

Courtney Upton joined Bean Growers Australia in 2016 after a career in compliance and safety.

Courtney oversees our Food Safety and Quality programs ensuring that our finished product matches or beats quality expectations while maintaining that all of our systems produces food that is safe as it is healthy. Courtney also leads our HACCP Team.

Jack Gibbs - Food Safety & Quality Assurance Operator

Jack Gibbs is an Authorized Officer of the Department of Agriculture, an accredited sampler, trained in HACCP and is a member of our HACCP Team.