• Mr Peter Cooper - Chairperson

    Category B (Industry Appointed) Trustee
    – Appointed 14 November 2018
    Parndana, Kangaroo Island, SA
    Seed Potato Grower

Peter’s experience in the potato industry began in 2009 when he grew his first Seed Potato crop under a soft  hose irrigator. At the age of 23 he was keen and looking to diversify his family sheep farm to allow space for home farming. Today his wife Meg and their three kids Harry, Zac and Charlotte sell 1000 to 1300 tonnes of low generation certified seed potatoes to other seed growers and commercial  producers. Growing potatoes is a great challenge and to make a profit it is important to manage a lot of  different aspects correctly and on time. Peter is passionate about the future of the potato industry and loves visiting and talking with potato growers from seed, wash and processing industries. Peter is the current SAPIT Chairperson.

  • Mr Terry Buckley

    Category B (Industry Appointed) Trustee
    Appointed 18 November 2009
    Mingbool, South East, South Australia
    Processing Potato Grower

Terry has had a lifelong involvement with the South Australian potato industry having been a grower member on the South Australian Potato Board during its final years of existence.  The residual funds from the potato board (which had been entirely contributed by the states potato growers) are what have now become the SAPIT fund.  Terry is a partner in their family business located near Mount Gambier in the states southeast.  The property produces prime lambs and approximately 24,000 tonnes of potatoes annually.  These potatoes are supplied to Smiths Chips, McCain, “Aus Potatoes” for export to Asia and seed produced for sale and internal use.  Terry has been involved in a range of industry bodies over the years, many of have been involved in industry research.  He and his partner Jackie have a particular interest in environmentally sustainable practices. 

  • Ms Anna Young

    Category B (Industry Appointed) Trustee
    – Appointed August 2019
    Kalangadoo, Lower South East, SA
    Processing Potato Grower

Anna is a potato farmer with her family’s business based in Kalangadoo, South Australia. Prior to returning to the family business in 2011 she worked as an accountant for an Administrator and Liquidator with the aim of learning “what not to do”.

Although her primary focus is on the production of potatoes for processing into both crisps for Smith’s and French fries for McCain, she is also involved in seed potato production. Her role is hands on, especially in the area of seed storage and preparation and growing analysis, but also includes the administration of the business.

As well as being a Trustee of the South Australian Potato Industry Trust she is also involved with the Southeast Potato Growers Association Inc.

She holds a Bachelor of Medical Science, a Bachelor of Accounting and a Diploma in Horticultural Business.

  • Ms Tamara Rohrlach

    Category A (Ministerial Appointed) Trustee
    – Appointed April 2019
    Senior Industry Advisor - PIRSA

Tamara is an agribusiness and economic development specialist with a unique mix of communication, stakeholder engagement, policy and governance experience.  Hailing from the Barossa Valley, Tamara has a deep understanding of family business operations with lived experience in the wine, livestock and grains industries, and professional experience across the horticulture sector. Tamara has a BSc Viticulture from the University of Adelaide, is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and recently completed her MBA at the University of South Australia. Tamara currently works for the South Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA), as a Senior Industry Advisor where she is responsible for 'translating agriculture into policy'. 

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Nikki Ward - Executive Officer

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