The OzHarvest Board

RONNI KAHN AO

FOUNDER & CEO

Ronni Kahn AO founded OzHarvest in 2004, driven by a passion to make a difference and stop good food going to waste; she started with one van in Sydney.  After changing the law to make it safe for companies to donate surplus food, she has grown OzHarvest to be Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, opened the first rescued food supermarket and is now taking the unique food rescue model global.

Ronni is a powerhouse in the fight against global food waste. OzHarvest partners annually with the United Nations Environment Programme to raise awareness on the issue and is working with Government and key stakeholders to halve food waste nationally by 2030. The ripple effect of her commitment is fuelling action across the globe.

LAWRENCE GOLDSTONE

CHAIRMAN

Lawrence took on the role of OzHarvest Chairman in January 2020, having been on the Board since 2016, leading the strategy committee and a passionate supporter and contributor to  OzHarvest since 2011.

A Partner at PwC Australia in the Consulting business with over 20 years local and international experience. Prior to PwC, he was the co-founder and Managing Director of The Difference, and is an expert in collaborative design, facilitation and transformation consulting.

Lawrence sits on the PwC CMO Advisory Board, as well as Social Impact and Sustainability steering groups. Lawrence is also a Board Director at ForPurposeCo., OzHarvest’s innovation business.

STEVEN ALPERSTEIN

BOARD SECRETARY

Steve is General Manager and Company Secretary of The Rose Property Group who holds the degrees B.Com, LL.B and MBA and is a Solicitor admitted in NSW.

Steve is also a Fellow of the Governance Institute.

Prior to joining the Rose Property Group in 2005, he was the Company Secretary for a number of Australian listed companies.

MELINDA PETRUNOFF

DIRECTOR

Melinda Petrunoff has 20 years digital marketing experience. Currently Melinda leads Facebook’s eCommerce, Education and Media team who work with marketers to drive business results across Facebook & Instagram.

Prior to joining Facebook in 2013, Melinda held a number of senior roles at Fairfax Digital where she lead commercial teams to monitise many businesses including The Sydney Morning Herald and Domain. She began her career working for nimble digital start-ups including Shopfast.com.au.

Previously Melinda has been part of the Salvation Army’s Australian Media Advisory Board and the Vine.com.au board.

YASMIN POOLE

DIRECTOR

Yasmin is an award winning speaker, writer and youth advocate. She is currently Plan International’s National Ambassador and frequently appears on prominent Australian media programs to discuss the role of diversity in social change. Yasmin has represented over a million young Australians as the Chair of the Victorian Government’s Youth Congress and led the global business development of 180 Degrees Consulting, the largest youth consultancy in the world. In 2019, Yasmin was the youngest member of the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence and Top 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian Australians.

KIERAN PRYKE

DIRECTOR

Kieran has held a number of senior finance roles in the property industry over the past 25 years. His roles have included Chief Financial Officer of both Australand Property Group and The GPT Group. Prior to that Kieran gained experience across the Lend Lease businesses of property investment, management and construction.

Kieran has served on a number of committees of the Property Council of Australia, served as a director of St Vincent’s College, Potts Point.

Kieran serves as the Chairman of the OzHarvest Finance Committee and is a director of Aventus Capital Limited

MIRIAM STIEL

DIRECTOR

Miriam is a commercial litigator, specialising in intellectual property. She advises on all aspects of intellectual property law and has acted in court proceedings involving copyright, trade mark, patent and design infringement, breaches of confidential information, misleading and deceptive conduct and passing off. She has also been involved in proceedings in the Australian Patent and Trade Marks Offices and in international domain name disputes.

She works with Australian and multi-national corporations from a range of industries, including media and entertainment, luxury goods, sport, technology, telecommunications, manufacturing and financial services, to develop strategies for the protection, commercialisation and enforcement of their IP rights. Miriam has extensive experience in the area of anti-counterfeiting. She has worked closely with police and prosecuting authorities on criminal investigations and with the Australian Customs Service to prevent the importation of counterfeit goods into Australia. Miriam has been involved in making submissions to and appearing before government inquiries and meeting with government ministers and officials on intellectual property issues.

Miriam also has broad commercial litigation experience and has acted in product liability cases, contractual and advertising disputes and Corporations Law matters in courts throughout Australia.

GUY BRENT

DIRECTOR

Guy was appointed Managing Director – Foodco & Metro in August 2019. Before being appointed to Managing Director, Guy was the Director of BWS from August 2014, prior to this, Guy held the role of General Manager of Pinnacle Drinks which he was responsible for setting up in July 2012.

Guy joined Woolworths in April 2011 after the acquisition of the Cellarmasters Group, from Archer Capital, a Private Equity firm. He was Chief Financial Officer of Cellarmasters from 2007 to 2011. Prior to this, Guy was a Commercial Director at Optus for 2 years after emigrating from the UK to Australia in 2005.

Guy is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has a BSC from the University of Bristol in the UK.

Guy’s passion outside of work other than his family and 2 young boys is kayaking. He loves nothing better than spending an hour or two out on the harbour in his surf ski.

STEVE GREENTREE

DIRECTOR

Steve Greentree has had an extensive retail career of over 35 years with Woolworths, with his most recent appointment as Managing Director of FoodCo, Fuel and Metro in June 2015.

Prior to this, Steve has held a number of senior roles within Woolworths including Director of Business Development, Chief Operations Officer of Australian Supermarkets and Petrol, Director Woolworths Liquor Group, General Manager of Marketing and State Management roles for Australian Supermarkets.

KATE TOWEY

DIRECTOR

Kate is a leading M&A and equity capital markets specialist. She is the Head of Allens’ Real Estate Sector and Co-head of Allens’ Head Office & Governance practice.

Kate has been involved in a wide range of public and private M&A transactions for clients across a diverse range of industries, including the REIT sector, infrastructure, financial services, retail, media and technology.  Her practice also includes corporate reconstructions and distressed M&A.

In addition to her transactional practice, Kate regularly advises the firm’s clients on general corporate advisory and corporate governance.

Kate is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is admitted in NSW.

ANDREW BAXTER

DIRECTOR

Chair, board director, business advisor and marketing thought leader, Andrew is the Chair of Australian Pork, Chair of Tjapukai, Chair of Commtract, and a Non Executive Director at both Foresters Financial and GrowthOps. He is also a Senior Advisor at BGH Capital and the Adjunct Professor of Marketing at the University of Sydney, and has been the Senior Advisor to KPMG’s Customer, Brand and Marketing business. Prior to this he was the CEO of two of the country’s largest communications agencies, Publicis, and Ogilvy, where he was a trusted counsel to many of Australia’s most iconic brands.

Andrew is also a Non-Executive Director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and on the Board of the NBL. Furthermore, he has had previous Board roles at the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation (Chair), Deakin Business School (Chair), Catch Group, The Song Room (Chair), Melbourne Aces (Chairman), CC Media (a HT&E company) and the Communications Council.

Andrew regularly writes in The Australian about the future of marketing, in a world where both consumers and technology are ever-evolving. He has been named as one of LinkedIn’s Top 40 Australian influencers, recognised by Campaign magazine as one of the Top 5 Agency Leaders in Australia and New Zealand, and the winner of Australian Marketing Institute’s Sir Charles McGrath Award for his significant contribution to the field of marketing.

Andrew is a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from Monash University.