Executive Team

Paul Thompson

Managing Director

Paul Thompson joined Select Harvests as Managing Director in July 2012. He is an experienced executive with over 30 years in management. Before joining Select Harvests Paul was President of SCA Hygiene Australasia responsible for a $600 million turnover business across all of its divisions (FMCG, Pharmacy, Industrial/Foodservice & Healthcare) and overseeing leading brands including Sorbent and Handee. Paul is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has formerly held positions as a Director of the Australian Food & Grocery Council and councilor in the Australian Industry Group.

Paul Chambers

Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary

Joined Select Harvests as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary in September 2007. He is a Chartered Accountant and has over 25 years experience in senior financial management roles in Australian and European organisations, including corporate positions with the Fosters Group, and Henkel Australia and New Zealand.

Laurence Van Driel

General Manager Trading and Industrial

Laurence joined Select Harvests in 2000. Laurence has over 20 years’ experience in trading edible nuts and dried fruits. He has a comprehensive knowledge of international trade and deep insights into the trading cultures of the various countries in which these commodities are sold. He has held senior purchasing and sales management positions with internationally recognised companies.

Peter Ross

General Manager Horticulture

Peter joined Select Harvests in 1999. Peter held the position of Plant and then Project Manager for the processing area of the Almond Division, before being appointed to the role of General Manager Processing in July 2012. Prior to joining Select Harvests, Peter ran his own maintenance and fabrication business servicing agriculture, mining and heavy industry.

Bruce van Twest

General Manager Operations

Bruce joined Select Harvests in 2012. With a deep working knowledge of complex ‘end to end’ supply chains, Bruce has been a highly successful contributor within the executive management teams of large-scale corporates across food production, apparel, industry consumables and suppliers to automotive industries. Prior to joining Select Harvests he was Operations Director at Kraft Foods, CEO of Bizwear & Alert Safety and Director Supply, ANZ at SCA Hygiene Australasia.

Mark Eva

General Manager Sales & Marketing – Consumer Products

Mark joined Select Harvests in 2012. Mark has strong FMCG experience across branded, private label and commodity products with track record of driving profitable sales growth. He joins Select Harvests from SCA Hygiene where he was the Director of Sales and Marketing, Consumer. He was previously General Manager – Marketing, Sales and Innovation at Bulla Dairy Foods.

Kathie Tomeo

General Manager, Human Resources

Kathie Tomeo joined Select Harvests as General Manager, Human Resources in May 2016. Kathie is an HR Director with international experience gained in Agricultural, Banking, Financial Services, Technology and Retail industries. Kathie brings over 10 years’ experience in senior HR generalist roles with expertise in change and project management at local, country and regional levels.  Kathie holds a Master degree in Human Resource Management and Bachelor of Commerce.