George Weston Foods: Who We Are

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Who We Are

Who We Are
Stuart Grainger
Chief Executive

Stuart joined GWF’s parent, ABF in 1996 with UK based roles with British Sugar, AB Agri and Weston Centre; then moved to Australia in leadership roles with GWF’s Weston Milling. In 2010 Stuart was appointed to lead Don through significant change including commissioning a new $280M state-of-the-art factory in Victoria. He took on the role of GWF’s Chief Executive in September 2016. Stuart has extensive experience in the food industry and in driving value across the entire food supply chain from farm to fork. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology from Reading University in the UK.

Michelle Pombart
Director, People & Performance

Michelle joined GWF in 2012 and leads the People and Performance function across the company. With expertise in driving high performance people practices and organisational change, Michelle has held senior leadership roles in companies across industries including financial services, telecommunications, hospitality and retail. Prior to GWF, she was Head of HR for FlexiGroup achieving AON Hewitt Best Employer accreditation; and also held senior HR roles with Vodafone Australia, Dymocks and Mariott Hotels. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resources) from the University of Western Sydney.

David Wallace
Managing Director, MAURI

David joined GWF in 2011 as Chief Financial Officer, and in 2014 was appointed as Managing Director of MAURI. David has substantial experience across a range of industry sectors including over 14 years in FMCG businesses. Prior to GWF he was Group Strategy Director for Lion Nathan National Foods. He also worked directly with the CEO and Board of Lion Nathan Limited to assess the company's strategic growth options, and prior to this, was the Finance Director of Lion's Australian business. David was also a senior consultant with Arthur Andersen. He holds a Bachelor degree in Accounting, an MBA from Sydney University and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Andrew Cummings
Managing Director,
Tip Top

Andrew joined GWF in 2011 to lead the Tip Top business. He has extensive experience in leading large scale, diverse manufacturing businesses. With expertise in Marketing and industrial and consumer branding, Andrew was previously Vice President Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa business for The Clorox Company (a US home care products manufacturer that markets over 27 diverse products in more than 100 countries). Andrew holds a postgraduate diploma in Marketing Management from Macquarie University.

Will Ursell
Managing Director, DON

Will joined the ABF group in 2006 as Marketing Director for Twinings Australia where he progressed to Managing Director in 2014. Will moved to GWF in 2018 taking on the role of Managing Director of Don. Will has extensive experience in the food and beverage business across Australia, New Zealand, UK and Asia. Will started his career in FMCG as a graduate at Nestle in the UK , he then moved to United Biscuits in the UK where he held a number of executive roles leaving the business as Marketing Director of Snacks in 2006 to join Twinings in Australia. Will holds a BA (Hons) in Business and post graduate qualifications in Marketing.

Lorna Raine
Chief Financial Officer

Lorna joined GWF in 2014 as Chief Financial Officer. She has extensive experience in finance, operations and leading transformational change teams, having held senior roles in multinational consumer and quick service restaurant businesses. Prior to joining GWF, Lorna was Chief Operating Officer with Fairfax Media and CFO of their Metro Media Division. She held senior leadership roles with Yum Restaurants International (Australia), and in South Africa, was CFO for McDonalds. Lorna holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours, a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Michael Winterburn
Head of Business Development

Michael joined GWF in 2017, following nine years as Head of Corporate Development with GWF’s parent, ABF. Prior to ABF he was Director of Investment Banking with UBS. Michael brings a wealth of commercial experience and a strong foundation in Business Development and Strategy, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Melbourne.