The job of getting sugar from the farm to the factory involves a lot of people with a lot of different skill sets. The Sunshine Sugar business is fortunate to have a strong management team in place that is supported by a highly capable and active Board of Directors.


Our Management

Chris Connors

Chief Executive Officer, Chris Connors

Chris was appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer of Sunshine Sugar in 2008.

He has held senior positions in the sugar industry and the mining industry throughout his career including Chief Executive officer of Proserpine Sugar and North Queensland Resources.

An active industry participant, Chris has held numerous board and committee positions, including foundation Director of the Australian Sugar Alliance, Deputy Chairman of the Australian Milling Council, Director on the board of SMART Superannuation Fund, Board member of Sugar Research Institute, Board member on the Cooperative Federation of Australia and President of the Queensland Co-operative Federation.



Ian McBean

General Manager, Ian McBean

Ian has held the position of General Manager, Corporate Services since 2012.

Ian’s role is to develop alternative investment projects, the continuous improvement program and cane supply initiatives.

Prior to joining Sunshine Sugar, Ian was acting CEO and Company Secretary of Proserpine Co-operative Sugar Milling Association and has over 20 years’ experience in the agriculture and sugar cane sectors.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Crop Production) Social Science and Grassland Science.



Paul Welch

Corporate Finance Manager, Paul Welch

Paul has held the positions of Corporate Finance Manager since 2002, and is also the Company Secretary. Prior to this he was the Mill Accountant at the Harwood Mill for some 20 years.

As Finance Manager, Paul oversees the financial reporting of the business and manages the administration support teams. His Company Secretary duties include coordinating board member activities.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Financial Administration, CPA and a Graduate Diploma, Charter Secretaries.

Having worked in both the growing and milling sectors, Paul has over 30 years’ experience in the NSW sugar industry.



Greg Petersen

Condong Mill Operations Manager, Greg Petersen

Greg was appointed to the position of Operations Manager at Condong Sugar Mill in 2002 and is tasked with ensuring the safe and efficient operation of all activities on site and leading staff to meet production requirements and objectives. Prior to this he held the role of Production Manager and also Factory Manager.

Greg holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and Applied Chemistry, a Certificate II Engineering (Steam Plant Operation) and a Diploma of Management.



David Wood

Broadwater Mill Operations Manager, David Wood

David has been Operations Manager at Broadwater Sugar Mill since 2012 and is tasked with ensuring the safe and efficient operation of all activities on the Broadwater Mill and associated sites. Prior to this he held the role of Senior Accountant and Relief Human Resources Manager.

David has various qualifications in Management and holds a Bachelor of Business Degree in Accounting. Prior to joining the Sugar industry David worked in Forestry Operations for Forests NSW.



Grant K

Harwood Mill and Refinery Operations Manager, Grant Kaczorowski

With over 15 years’ experience running ice cream, confectionery and sugar facilities, Melbourne-born Grant brings a wealth of experience across engineering, manufacturing, safety, quality and operations management. Grant has worked in Australia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom with Nestles’ Ice Cream business, Peter’s Ice Cream. He has also led operational improvement programs for a number of Nestles’ confectionary brands. His expertise in managing improvement programs also extends to leadership roles in Sugar Australia and Paton’s Macadamia.

Grant has an Executive Master’s Degree in Business Administration and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Food Science and Technology.



Glenn Parker

Human Resources Manager, Glenn Parker

Glenn has held the position of Human Resources Manager since July 2011 and is tasked with the streamlining of the structures and frameworks that drive our people and business performance.

He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, a Fitting and Machining Trade Certificate and Workplace Training and Assessment.

Glenn has been with NSW Sugar for over 5 years and comes with 17 years’ experience in human resources and 31 years’ experience in manufacturing.


Vivien Miller

Communications Manager, Vivien Miller

Vivien has held the position of Communications Manager at Sunshine Sugar since 2016, having previously worked in corporate marketing and communications roles in the IT&T, Mining & Metals, Entertainment and Tourism industries.

Vivien is responsible for managing Sunshine Sugar’s brand and reputation through internal and external company communication. She has over 15 years’ experience in her field.

Vivien holds a number of tertiary qualifications including a Master of Business -Marketing; Graduate Diploma - Tourism Marketing and a Bachelor of Arts Degree-English.



Rick Beattie

Agricultural Services Manager, Rick Beattie

Rick has held the position of Agricultural Services Manager with Sunshine Sugar since 1999.Rick is responsible for the management of a team of agricultural staff that provide extension, technical, pest and disease control services for the NSW sugar industry.

Prior to joining Sunshine Sugar, Rick worked as extension officer for the Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations (BSES) in the Innisfail and Ingham districts and prior to that as a cane inspector with CSR at Macknade Mill.

With over 35 years’ experience in the Australian sugar industry, Rick has managed a wide range of projects including work on farming systems, water quality improvement, whole crop harvesting and variety development.

He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Rural Technology.



Dan Rojo

Technical Services Manager, Daniel Rojo

Daniel Rojo has held the position of Technical Services Manager at Sunshine Sugar since November 2013.

Prior to this he worked in project and planning engineering positions within Sunshine Sugar. Prior to joining the Sugar industry, his prior work history includes extensive experience in steam generation and materials handling.

Based at the Broadwater Mill, Daniel works across the business managing research and development, identifying new business opportunities, energy efficiency projects / reporting, Government funding, compliance and legislative requirements, maintenance and capital budget planning and provides specialist technical support.

Daniel has tertiary qualifications in Mechanical Engineering and Management and is studying for a Bachelor of Business majoring in Economics and Agribusiness.

Daniel has been with NSW Sugar for 11 years.



Todd Nicholls

Environmental Manager, Todd Nicholls


Robert Fuller

Electrical Engineering Manager, Robert Fuller


Mark Dunn

Information Services Manager, Mark Dunn


Greg Malcolm

Quality Assurance Manager, Greg Malcolm


Our Board of Directors

The NSW Sugar Milling Co-operative Board of Directors is made up of a very experienced group of cane farming business people.

Chairman: Mr Jim Sneesby

Deputy Chairman: Mr Alan Munro

Directors: Malcolm Brown, Nathan Ensby, John Harbison, Wayne Rodgers, Peter Rose, Kevin Twohill, Jim Wunsch.

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